The California results-based school counseling and student support guidelines are integral to the California Department of Education’s vision for creating a world-class education system that equips all students with the knowledge and skills to excel in college and careers and as parents and citizens.
California higher education agencies
California higher education institutions
State financial aid programs
California offers a variety of financial aid programs such as grants, scholarships, and other awards for students who want to further their education beyond high school:
- Cal Grant Awards are state-funded monetary grants given to students to help pay for college expenses.
- California Community College Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver for California residents which waives the $36 per unit enrollment fee and also exempts students from the health fee.
- California Chafee Grant Program provides funding to foster youth, and former foster youth to use for career and technical training or college courses.
- Child Development Grant Program is a need-based grant designed to encourage students to enter the field of child care and development in a licensed children’s center.
- Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant provides need-based education grants to dependents and spouses of California peace officers, Department of Corrections and California Youth Authority employees, and permanent/full-time firefighters employed by public entities who have been killed in the performance of duty or totally disabled as a result of an accident or injury.
To qualify for federal and other sources of financial aid, you must file the FAFSA. To ensure priority consideration for California state scholarships and grants, your FAFSA must be submitted online or postmarked by March 2 (initial awards) and September 2 (additional community college awards).
Benefits for veterans
Continuation Education: Assists students age 16 or older who have not graduated from high school, are at risk of not graduating, and are not exempt from compulsory school attendance.