Financial Aid

  • Don't let the cost of college limit your choices.  Most students take advantage of financial aid packages which include:

    • Grants/scholarships (free money that you never have to pay back)
    • Loans (often subsidized by the government)
    • Work/study (on campus jobs while you're in college)

    Use the resources at Finaid! as a good starting point for learning about financial aid.  Particularly useful tools are the Financial Aid Calculators which allow you to enter in your family's financial information to get an estimate of your financial aid.

    Use the links below to help you apply for financial aid and scholarships (also use the scholarship information on Naviance).  

California Student Aid Commission
Cal Grants for CA high school graduates who will attend a qualified CA college
CSS Profile
Additional financial aid application required by most private schools
E4FC Scholarships
Scholarships without SSN Requirements
FAFSA
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Fastweb
Free Scholarship Search Service
Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley
For Latinas; selection criteria include academic performance, community involvement, and writing ability.
Los Altos Community Foundation
Application covers multiple scholarships: Los Altos Rotary, Mountain View Rotary, MVLA Community Scholars, Richard Bell, Mountain View Kiwanis, and Quota
Maldef Scholarship List
Includes scholarships that don't require a SSN
Pivotal
For students in foster or kinship care in Santa Clara County.
Sigma Phi Epsilon Balanced Man Scholarship
Awarded to "balanced men" at particular universities.
Smithsonian Latino Center Young Ambassadors Program
Competitive opportunity to receive training and participate in a 4-week interdisciplinary education internship in museums and cultural institutions.