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Monthly Scholarship Bulletin

Scholarship Application List

List of Scholarship Applications

Types of Federal Student Aid

FAFSA ID Process

1. Enter your login information.

  • Provide your e-mail address, a unique username and password, and verify that you are at least 13 years old.

2. Enter your personal information.

  • Provide your Social Security number, name, and date of birth.

  • Include your mailing address, telephone number, and language preference.

  • For security purposes, provide answers to five challenge questions.

3. Submit your FSA ID information.

  • Agree to the terms and conditions.

  • Verify your email address. (This is optional, but helpful.) By verifying your e-mail address, you can use it as your username when logging into certain Federal Student Aid Websites.

NOTE: Remember do not share your FSA ID with anyone. The security of your FSA ID is important because it can be used to electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents, access your personal records, and make binding legal obligations.

Cal Grants

Cal Grant Awards are free money provided by the State of California to help pay for the cost of college.  If you have a graduating high school senior, who meets academic, financial and eligibility requirements, your child may qualify to receive a Cal Grant. 

Clovis Unified will electronically submit your CAL GRANT GPA verification for every senior in the district to the California Student Aid Commission so they may be considered for a Cal Grant award, but you must submit your own FAFSA.

Click HERE to learn more from the California Student Aid Commission website.

Federal Pell Grant (PELL)

Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students to pay for their education. In some cases, students may receive a Pell Grant if they are attending a post-baccalaureate teacher credential program. A Pell Grant is available for some students enrolled in a program which does not lead to a graduate degree but is required to obtain a 1st Teaching Credential. If a student is in a credential program, have their bachelor’s degree, do not have a preliminary credential, and are not seeking an advanced credential, then the student may qualify. 

Students are deemed eligible for the Federal Pell Grant by meeting the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) thresholds and program requirements will be awarded. Pell Grant amounts can change yearly. The amount a student can receive will depend on the following factors:

  • Student’s financial need

  • Student’s cost of attendance,

  • Student’s status as a full-time or part-time student, and

  • Student’s plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.

Students may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.

Middle Class Scholarship (MCS)

Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) is administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to eligible students. Enacted by the Legislature in 2013, the Middle-Class Scholarship makes college more affordable for California's middle-class families, who are mostly not being served by other programs. 

What are the qualifications for MCS?

  • The annual household income amount cannot exceed $201,000.00

  • The annual asset amount cannot exceed $201,000.00

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, eligible non-citizen, or meets AB540 eligibility

  • If required, must be registered with Selective Service

  • You are not in default on any student loan

  • Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act application

  • Maintains satisfactory academic progress in the manner that is consistent with the Cal Grant Program

Students who are receiving a fee waiver, such as a Cal Vet fee waiver, or other sources to help assist with paying tuition fees will not be eligible for the MCS. The Middle-Class Scholarship is not applicable for students enrolled in an external Degree program. For more information Click HERE to go to CSAC's MCS information website.

Other Scholarships

It truly does pay to search and apply for scholarships! There are tons of scholarship search sites on the internet. If you Scroll to the bottom of the page under “Resources”  there are additional Scholarship links available for you..Remember, you should never pay to apply for a scholarship!

Educational Opportunity Program Grant (EOPG)

This program provides funding to a limited number of full-time undergraduate students who are admitted through CSU’s Educational Opportunity Program. Grants range from $500 to $800 per academic year. For more information regarding the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) please visit the EOP page for each college you plan on applying to.

Students that have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) between 0 and 4000 and have filed their FAFSA by March 2nd are eligible to receive funding from the EOP Grant.  Funds are limited.  Students will be funded until all available awards have been funded.  Students must apply and be a part of the Educational Opportunity Program on the campus they will be attending.  Students must be in at least 6 units to receive the grant. Students who are receiving a fee waiver, or other sources to help assist with paying tuition fees will not be eligible for the EOPG. The Educational Opportunity Program Grant is not applicable for students enrolled in an external Degree program.

Types of Financial Aid

Grants are awarded based on financial need do NOT need to be repaid.  One of the largest grant programs is the Federal Pell Grant.  Federal and state governments, colleges, and individual organizations also award grants.  Scholarships do NOT need to be repaid and are awarded for many reasons:  Academic, financial need, ethnicity, organizational membership, private organizations, etc.

Better known as Work-Study programs, Work Aid provides part-time jobs, so students can earn funds to pay for their education. These are offered by federal and state governments as well as individual schools.

Loans are used to cover a portion of the college expenses and may come from federal and private sources.  There are many types of loans, Federal Perkins, Federal Stafford, Subsidized Stafford, Direct Unsubsidized, Direct PLUS Parent Loans and Private Loans.  Please be sure you do plenty of research and are well-educated in the types of loans you are considering.

Out of State Information

Out of State College Financial Tips Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

Thinking about attending an out of state college but worried about paying non-resident tuition??? It's time you learn about 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 institutions of your choice.

If you would like more information, and answers to some of the most common questions about WUE, Read more HERE

Fresno State Scholarships
Local Community College Scholarships

It is Important to remember college is NOT FREE!  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 of tuition and books, students and their families might be expected to contribute financially as well.  Scholarships can help ease the burden of the costs of college. There are literally thousands of scholarships available for anyone that is willing to take the time to research and apply for them. This webpage just scratches the surface of what is available to students.  Be sure to check back to this page frequently, as the information and links are updated regularly throughout the school year.

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Are you a high school senior who has excelled in school despite facing financial challenges?  You may not realize attending a top college can be affordable, and you can reach your full potential by completing the 2023 National College Match  The National College Match connects high-achieving, low-income students with full four-year scholarships from 39 of the nation's best colleges Students also have a second chance of admission with Quest Bridge Regular Decision, through which they can receive very generous financial aid.

Please note that Finalists will need to submit official documentation verifying their financial situation to the colleges to which they apply.  A thorough financial review will be performed by Quest Bridge and by the colleges for all students who become Finalists.

The free application is due on September 25, 2023.  Visit the website for Quest Bridge by Clicking HERE for more information.  You can also contact your REC Counselor with any questions via email or the main Counseling Office line is (559)327-4142.

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

The 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application (CADAA) opens December 31st, 2023. Your FAFSA or CADAA must be submitted by March 2, 2024 for Cal Grant consideration.

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.
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