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Yes! You CAN afford college at a California community college. There are several ways to get financial assistance if you need it, including federal financial aid, fee waivers, loans, grants, and scholarships.

Where Can I Get Aid?

You can explore your options before applying for assistance at three popular websites for financial aid information using the links on this page. You can also contact the financial aid office of the college you wish to attend for more information. When you've seen enough to get started, go ahead and apply for the two most popular forms of financial assistance below, the FAFSA and the California College Promise Grant.

How Do I Apply for Financial Aid?

Everyone interested in getting financial assistance to attend a California community college should look at submitting applications for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California College Promise Grant. The FAFSA makes available several types of loans and grants from the federal government, while the California College Promise Grant can waive enrollment fees for qualified students.

  1. Are you eligible for federal financial aid? Learn the eligibility requirements. 
  2. Financial aid applications can seem overwhelming, but there are tools and information to help you get organized.
  3. Ready to start your applications? Apply for the California College Promise Grant and complete a FAFSA application
  4. If you want to get help right now, or even if you just want to ask a question, use the financial aid office locator to find contact information for the financial aid offices closest to you.
  5. What can you expect after you’ve filed for financial aid? Find out what’s next.

These are just the two most common forms of assistance; there may be more options at the college of your choice. You can apply for financial assistance either before applying for admission to college or after ... but the sooner, the better.

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