Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available from both the federal and state governments and may be supplemented by colleges or universities that have the resources to do so. There are also many private need- and merit- based scholarships available.

There is a risk in trying to simplify a complex subject like financial aid, so I won’t do that.  Instead, I will give you information to help you along the way with the process of obtaining financial aid. I will also enclose materials that explain in great detail the different financial aid options available. Colleges use merit-based scholarships to attract students with particular talents.  Need based scholarships are for students who have demonstrated financial need.

It is important for a student applying for financial aid to ask the following questions:

  • What forms does the institution require?
  • Does the school require that a specific institutional form be completed?
  • What are the filing deadlines for each form required?


Families are required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), to demonstrate need and establish eligibility for aid.  All two and four year colleges, public and private require the FAFSA.  FSA ID information can be found and created: The FAFSA is also required for families applying for some of the federal loan programs.

Cal Grant (GPA Verification)

The California Student Aid Commission uses the information provided on the FAFSA and the Cal Grant GPA Verification process to determine if students qualify for Cal Grant. The GPA information is available on the web at To be considered for 2018-2019 Cal Grants (California State Aid), each student must confirm their email address in Family Connection with Naviance is the same as the one they will or have used with their FAFSA. If your email is different please send me your new email address to Your GPA verification was submitted electronic on September 27th, 2017.

CSS/Financial Aid Profile

Many private colleges and universities use the information collected from a form called the CSS/Financial Aid Profile in addition to the FAFSA.  Follow the directions colleges send with their application materials to be certain you meet their specific requirements and due dates. The PROFILE can be completed online.  There is registration fee for submitting the CSS Profile Application.  There is a charge for each college or university to which information is sent. The CSS PROFILE registrations guides are available on the College Board website, then find the Pay for College and click on CSS/Profile.

Important Dates

October 1, FAFSA is available on the web
March 2, California Grant application deadline 2018

Check with each college or university about that institution’s form deadline.


A scholarship listing is compiled and updated weekly to assist students and their parents who are looking for scholarships. Be sure to check your Family Connection account with Naviance under the “college” tab for local and school scholarships.

Financial Aid Materials
Applying for Financial Aid can be time consuming and at times confusing.  Please email at to set-up an appointment.  My work schedule is Monday through Friday 7:45 am to 2:45 pm in the College and Career Center.

Leighton W. Lang
College & Career Information Specialist