Financial Aid for College



Follow the path to getting money for college!

All colleges and universities use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ®) to determine a student’s financial aid need. This year the federal government is improving the FAFSA application, and it will not be available until the end of December (usually and starting next year it will open on October 1). We suggest that families should fill it out as soon as it becomes available. Once filled out, you add the schools you want it sent to, and the FAFSA will send it to those schools. The schools, in turn, use that information to create a financial aid package that they will share with the family. 


Some private universities also require the CSS Profile to be filled out and submitted. This application costs money, and it also costs money when it is shared with the schools you are applying to. Although families earning under $100,000 can get a fee waiver. This application is available and can be filled out right away. This year we are seeing that some schools are using the CSS Profile to create an estimated financial aid package to share with the student with the knowledge that once the schools receive the student’s FAFSA, there might be changes made to the package.

CSS Profile

The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, known as the DREAM Act, is a US legislative proposal to grant temporary conditional residency, with the right to work, to illegal immigrants who entered the United States as minors—and, if they later satisfy further qualifications, they would attain permanent residency. Completion of the California Dream Act Application is required to determine financial aid for California AB540 eligible students. Your application will be processed by the California Student Aid Commission. 

California DREAM Act


Here are some other great links!

Jeff Levy Class of 2026 info, including need-based and merit aid.          
The Go-to Guide for College Financial Aid
The College Grants Database
College Score Card



LJHS Counseling Office - Local scholarships are listed at your high school college counseling office, the             local library, and the local Chamber of Commerce. Look for emails at your accounts from your           counselors.
San Diego Foundation -  
La Jolla Rotary Club -    
Going Merry
Sallie Mae
Lend Edu 
Students Scholarships

Great information is also available from Lynn O’Shaughnessy. She has a book, a blog, and a class with tons of information.

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