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How to Pay for College


College is EXPENSIVE!


        Approximate costs of colleges in California:


        Community college = $1800/year

           (live at home)

        California State University = $8000/year

          (live at home)


            California State University = $18,000/year

           (live on campus)

            University of California = $34,000/year

           (live on campus)


How can you get $ for college?


        GRANTS (free money you don’t pay back)

        Grants are based on family income

        From the Federal Government - FAFSA

        From California – Cal Grants

SCHOLARSHIPS (also free money!)


        Scholarships can be awarded for many reasons—academic ability, athletic talent, interests, demographics, career goals, etc. There are thousands of scholarships available. It can’t hurt to apply!


Click HERE to visit our Scholarship page!



These web sites are “clearinghouse” websites where you enter your information and they match you with scholarships:



        Scholarships 4 Students


        Good Call



Other helpful sites:

California Reality Check