Financial Aid and Scholarships
There is a wealth of information regarding financial aid programs and scholarships on the internet. Please be aware that you should not have to pay money to apply for a scholarship or the FAFSA. If a site is requesting money, it is a scam!
- FAFSA – apply online for federal financial aid. Application opens October 1st. Refer to individual college websites for deadlines.
- The CA Dream Act - AB 540 exempts certain students from paying nonresident tuition (higher than resident tuition) and allows them to apply for different types of California Dream Act financial aid. For local information for AB540 students, check out the AB540 Coalition of Santa Barbara. The Dream Act application opens on October 1st.
- DREAMers - information and resources for undocumented students
- Federal Student Aid- an office of the U.S. Department of Education
- California Student Aid Commission - making education beyond high school financially-accessible for all Californians
- College Affordability & Transparency Center - start here to find information about how much it costs students to attend different colleges, how fast those costs are going up, and information related to why costs are going up.
- Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) -Students who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state.
- Fast Web – the largest FREE scholarship database
- Chegg – scholarship matching database.
- Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara – our wonderful local scholarship source. General Scholarship Program deadline January 15th. Scholarship application here.
- Cal-SOAP - The Mission of the Santa Barbara California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) is to increase the accessibility of the post-secondary educational opportunities for low-income, first-generation college-bound and/or underrepresented junior high and senior high students in Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria. Cal-SOAP is committed to advising, informing and exposing students and their parents to post-secondary opportunities and resources.
- Naviance - look for the Scholarship List under the “College” tab
- College Answer - free scholarship information from Sallie Mae
- Scholarships.com – free national scholarship database
- Big Future - find all about how to pay for college with videos, information about scholarships, loans, and tools and calculators to help estimate college costs.
- Cappex.com -With the most comprehensive scholarship database available, students find national and local scholarships that match their qualifications and can sort them by level of effort or competition.
- College Greenlight - scholarships for first generation and underrepresented students.
- MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide - download this free guide with an extensive list of scholarships, many which do not inquire about immigration status.
and many more!
Make sure to check out the Financial Aid & Scholarships section on college websites for specific information related to their campus. And you should NEVER pay for a scholarship matching service. If a site is requesting money, it is a scam!