Financial aid is any type of assistance used to pay college costs, including living expenses. There are four main types of financial aid: grants, scholarships, student loans and work-study. Some of them are specifically for foster youth, like the Chafee Grants. Applying for most financial aid is free.
What should I do to get started?
Some other good financial aid resources to help you get started include:
- Icanaffordcollege.com – To help California community college students understand and apply for financial aid
- FinAid.org – Comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools
- Scholarship Resources for LA County Foster Youth
- CaliforniaColleges.edu – Resources for college financial planning
What is the role of the financial aid office on a college campus?
The primary goal is to assist students in paying for college and this is achieved by:
- Evaluating student’s ability to pay educational costs
- Putting together a package of financial aid awards to meet the student’s need, which may consist of grants and/or self-help aid such as work-study and loans, depending on the student’s eligibility