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Financial Aid can help you afford college! In fact, most full-time college students receive some type of financial aid. While financial aid may help reduce the cost, it is important to remember college is NOT FREE! Students and their families are expected to contribute. Calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). As you go through the process of applying for financial aid, you will likely come across terms that are unfamiliar. Refer to this glossary of terms, as needed.

Sallie Mae Paying for College is a great resource to help students and families responsibly pay for college. Explore important, timely topics and share with others who may have questions about planning for college. 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application (CADAA)

The 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application (CADAA) opens October 1, 2020. Your FAFSA or CADAA must be submitted by March 2, 2021 for Cal Grant consideration.

Attend a FREE Cash for College Workshop to receive help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act (CADAA) and Chafee Grant for Foster Youth applications. These workshops will be held on Zoom in the Fall of 2020 (specific dates to come).

When completing the FAFSA or CADAA, applicants no longer need to estimate income and tax information and will be able to retrieve data using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, beginning the first day the FAFSA or CADAA is available. By submitting the FAFSA or CADAA early students will have information about their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) earlier, helping them as they go through the college application and selection process. For students and families confused or concerned about who's income is considered calculation of the EFC, read this helpful handout.
In order to complete the FAFSA,  students and parents will need to have an FSA ID. For more information about what an FSA ID is please click here. For answers to frequently asked questions regarding FSA IDs, click here


Last year's senior class reported earning over $4 million dollars in free money. It truly does pay to search and apply for scholarships! There are tons of scholarship search sites on the internet. Below are just a few to get you started...Remember, you should never pay to apply for a scholarship!

Clovis High Scholarship Portfolio
Free Money Exclusive to CHS Students! To be eligible for scholarships that are exclusive to Clovis High School, seniors must submit their Scholarship Portfolio to their counselor, due date TBD.

For your Scholarship Portfolio to be considered complete, you must submit the cover page, resume, two letters of recommendation, and short autobiography (no more than 2 pages). See the links below for downloads and links to sample pieces of the Scholarship Portfolio.
Follow any of the links below. This will open a Google Docs. File. Then, Click “File” and then “Make a Copy” and you will have your own editable copy.

Due date TBD.

Follow any of the links to the left. This will open a Google Docs. File. Then, Click “File” and then “Make a Copy” and you will have your own editable copy.

Cougar Scholarship Bulletin
The Cougar Scholarship Bulletin will be emailed to all seniors and their parents on a monthly basis. To view bulletins, click HERE. Check each month for updated scholarship bulletins and opportunities. You wouldn't want to miss out on an opportunity to earn money for college! 

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE pronounced “woo-wee”)

Thinking about attending an out of state college but worried about paying non-resident tuition??? It's time you learn about Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)! California residents are eligible for consideration for reduced tuition rate offered at more than 150 participating WUE institutions. To be considered for the WUE rate (150% of resident tuition), apply directly to the WUE institution(s) of your choice. To learn more about estimated savings, view this savings chart. To learn if a particular institution is a WUE participating instiution, search for your institution and desired degree here. If you would like more information, and answers to some of the most common questions about WUE, read more here.

Federal Student Aid Resources & Publications


Need Help with your Cal Grant or Chafee Grant?

Step-by-step guide for using the new Web Grants 4 Students website to manage your Cal Grant and Chafee Grant.
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