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Overview of the Financial Aid Process

Financial Aid


Financial Aid is an important tool for gaining access to a college education, but for many it can feel like a confusing and frustrating process. GEAR UP wants each student to take control of their future by learning how to find and navigate financial aid resources. To achieve this, students must be aware and informed about what's available to them. The websites below are verified and credible resources which may help parents and students understand how financial aid works, the types of aid available, and how to look for the right scholarship.



ACT Guide to Financial Aid

Financial Aid 101 by The College Board

U.S. Department of Education Loan & Grant Fact Sheet

Financial Aid Tools & Calculators


Avoiding Scams



U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Aid for Family Members of Military Personnel & Veterans

The Teacher Education Assistance for College & Higher Education Grant (TEACH)



California Student Aid Commission

California Dream Act / AB540

California Dream Act / AB540 En Español

CA Dream Act Application

Cal Grants

California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP)

California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth



Understanding Grants & Scholarships

U.S. Department of Labor Scholarship Search Tool

U.S. Department of State Scholarship Database

NAVIANCE Scholarship Search

Peterson's Scholarship Search

Fastweb Scholarship Search

Foster Care to Success Scholarships

College Scholarships for Women

Dell Scholars Program

QuestBridge Scholars

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Tuition Funding Sources



California Middle Class Scholarships

The San Diego Foundation Scholarship Program

San Diego County Office of Education Scholarship List



American Indian College Fund

Native American Scholarships

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

Asian American Scholarship Information

African American Scholarship Opportunities

UNCF Scholarships

The Gates Millennium Scholars

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarships

More Info on Culturally Specific (& other) Scholarships



Please see attached calendar for Parent and Student Financial Aid workshops and Information Nights.

ECHS and OHS are working together, along with MiraCosta College, to ensure that all OUSD students and parents are prepared to file by March 2nd.




FAFSA Deadline is March 2nd.

If you missed this deadline, you should still file a FAFSA or Dream Act application for other types of financial aid.


GEAR UP is working together with MiraCosta College and OHS Career Center, to help all OUSD students and parents get prepared to file before March 2nd.


FAFSA/ Dream Act ultimo día para someter aplicación es el 2 de marzo.


Puede someter aplicación aunque haya perdido este plazo, para otros tipos de ayuda financiera.

GEAR UP está trabajando en conjunto con el Colegio MiraCosta y OHS centro de carrera, para ayudar a todos los estudiantes de OUSD y los padres a prepararse para someter aplicación antes del 2 de marzo.