Resources

Upward Bound has compiled a list of useful resources for you. The resources fall into the following two categories: College and Career Resources, and Financial Aid.

College & Career Resources

Here is a brief list of financial aid, college, entrance exams, and career planning web sites. Take your time with each site; they will definitely provide great ideas.

Financial Aid

College Sites

College Entrance Exams

Career Planning

Financial Aid

Although many students determine where they will attend college depending on how much money they will receive through financial aid, keep in mind that an education should be considered an investment in your future, not an unwelcome expense.

If you and your family need help paying for your education, there is considerable financial support available from both public and private sources. Please read our information on college expenses, the FAFSA, the Cal Grant, and Scholarships.

Formula used for to determine Financial Aid Eligibility

Cost of Attendance - Expected Family Contribution = Amount Needed

Cost of Attendance

When you begin college, you do encounter new bills that you may have never been responsible for. Here are the most common bills college students are responsible for:

  • Fixed Expenses Set by the University
    • Registration fees
    • On-campus (dormitory) housing
    • Meal plan
  • Expenses That Will Vary
    • Books & course supplies
    • Off-campus housing
    • Transportation
    • Food (snacks and off-campus meals)
    • Utilities (phone and cable)
    • Personal expenses
    • Medical care (all UC students are covered by campus health insurance)

Keep in mind that these are the general college related bills. There may be more that you can avoid if you regulate your expenses and try to stay away from additional bills (credit cards for example).

FAFSA

The best known application to fill out in order to receive some financial aid is the Free Application for Student Federal Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is filled out for any university you are applying to with a deadline of March 2. It must be filled out every year up until you graduate from college if you wish to receive aid.

Financial aid consists of:

  • scholarships or grants (that do not have to be paid back)
  • loans (that must be paid back; some during the time you are a students and others with a grace period after you graduate)
  • jobs or work-study

Cal Grants

Students who want to be eligible for Cal Grants must fill out a GPA Verification Form that they can attain from their high school counselor. This form must also be submitted by the March 2nd deadline. Here is a short description of Cal Grants:

  • Cal Grant A
    • Population Served: Students from low to middle income families
    • Type of Assistance: Tuition assistance only
    • Application Materials: FAFSA and GPA Verification form
    • Eligibility Based On: Financial need and GPA of about 3.0
    • Renewal Process: Complete FAFSA annually and satisfactory academic progress
    • Eligibility Time Limit: Freshman will be eligible until completion of BA/BS or 4 yrs full-time
    • Special Award Categories: Eligible students attending a CC will have their Cal grant A placed on "reserve" once they enter a CSU or UC
  • Cal Grant B
    • Population Served: Students from disadvantaged to low income families
    • Type of Assistance: Living expenses 1st year; tuition fees and living expenses afterwards
    • Application Materials: FAFSA and GPA Verification form
    • Eligibility Based On: Financial need and GPA, family size, parents educational level, and whether or not student is from a single parent family
    • Renewal Process: Complete FAFSA annually and satisfactory academic progress
    • Eligibility Time Limit: Freshman will be eligible until completion of BA/BS or 4 yrs full-time
    • Special Award Categories: Students enrolled at a CC who will be transferring to a 4 yr university can then receive one of 250 "special awards"
  • Cal Grant C
    • Population Served: Students from low to middle income families
    • Type of Assistance: Tuition fees and books/supplies
    • Application Materials: FAFSA and GPA Verification form
    • Eligibility Based On: Financial need, educational history, GPA
    • Renewal Process: Satisfactory academic progress
    • Eligibility Time Limit: 2 years max
    • Special Award Categories: NONE

For Cal grants, students must be a US citizen, permanent resident, or eligible non-resident; be a California resident attending an eligible California high school; apply prior to MARCH 2nd; not have received a prior bachelor's degree; meet income and GPA guidelines.

Scholarships

The most important resources are the internet scholarship searches. Below is a list of web pages for additional resources.

Keep in mind that these are just a few web pages listed that contain financial aid information. Ask your school counselors or local community agencies to recommend additional support. Aid is available; you just have to apply for it.