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Scholarships and Financial Aid

For students planning to attend college or vocational school this coming fall, apply early. Applications must be filed prior to March 2nd in order for a student to be eligible for grants, subsidized loans, or work/study during the fall semester. A handful of colleges award their own scholarships on a priority basis starting on February 1st ; it is worthwhile to check the “priority deadline” for the colleges to which you have applied.

NOTE: Each of the SRVUSD's comprehensive high schools - Cal High, Dougherty Valley, Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley - have “College and Career Centers” on campus. You can access helpful information about post-high school planning, financial aid and even current job openings or presentations about career exploration by visiting to the school’s Counseling website, followed by the College and Career Center link.


 

STEP 1:
All students should complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the basis for all federal and state grants (including the new Middle Class Scholarship Program), subsidized loans, and campus employment. The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet should help you with the process. You may receive mailings or emails from private, for-profit companies who offer their assistance in this process; however, the official FAFSA website has all the information you need at no cost. Important deadline: March 1st.  Go to the FAFSA website to get started with the application.

 

STEP 2:
Students from lower and middle-income families who plan to attend California schools should proceed to the Cal Grant application. This is a much less complicated process, and it is also free. Once you have completed the FAFSA application, you have already done most of the work. The Cal Grant online form asks for GPA verification; this has already been submitted for all current twelfth graders attending Venture and other high schools in our district. Important: Your name in our school database must exactly match the name which you use on FAFSA and Cal Grant applications. If not, you will need to bring your GPA verification paperwork with Social Security number to the Venture counseling office for completion and submission. Important deadline: March 1st.  Go to the California Student Aid Commission website to get started.

 

STEP 3:
Students who are applying to private colleges and universities may be required to complete the CSS (“College Scholarship Service”) Financial Aid Profile, which can be submitted at any time. The CSS Profile is used to determine eligibility for non-government financial aid, such as the institution’s own grants, loans, and scholarships. A basic fee is charged for the profile plus an additional fee for each campus selected.  

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

California Student AID Commission
Extensive information about California programs and schools, including webinars on various financial aid and scholarship topics

www.finaid.org
An overview of types of aid, advice, tools, and application links

Preparing for College: Planning Checklist

 

University of California Financial AID

Scholarships