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Financial Aid Resources


Website: URL
FAFSA on the Web www.fafsa.ed.gov
PIN Number Website (US Dept of Ed) www.pin.ed.gov
Cal Grants home page www.calgrants.org
California Student Aid Commission www.csac.ca.gov
California Chafee Grant www.chafee.csac.ca.gov
EdFund www.edfund.org
Federal Student Aid (Student Portal) www.studentaid.ed.gov
I Can Afford College www.icanaffordcollege.com
National Student Loan Data System www.nslds.ed.gov
AmeriCorps www.americorps.org
Veteran’s Education Benefits www.gibill.va.gov
American Indian Education Programs http://www.bie.edu/
Gates Millennium Scholarships www.gmsp.org
California Governor’s Scholarships www.scholarshare.com
Hispanic Scholarship Fund www.hsf.net
Citizenship Information www.uscis.gov
U.S. Selective Service www.sss.gov

Glossary of Terms

Term: Definition:
Assets Assets means your family's financial worth. Assets include the equity in family's house and other real estate, stocks, bonds, and cash savings.
Benefits Usually money, such as Social Security, Veteran's Benefits or TANF.
Cal Grant The Cal Grants A, B, and C are State grants.
CSU An abbreviation for California State University. There are 19 campuses in California.
EOP/EOPS Educational Opportunity Programs, Extended Opportunity Program and Services.
Equity The current value of your family home minus the amount of money still owed on it.
Financial Aid Office The financial aid office at each school is responsible for evaluating student's eligibility for aid and awarding the available aid funds.
Financial Aid Need The difference what you and your parents can contribute to the cost of your education and the cost of going to the school or college of your choice. Your financial need is the amount of financial aid that you are eligible to receive.
Grant Grant aid is financial aid that you do not have to repay.
Income Money earned from salary, wages, interest, dividends, also welfare, Social Security payment, and pensions.
Independent College A College not governed by a government organization.
Need Analysis Service Organization that estimates how much money you and your parents can contribute to your education.
Package The financial aid offer from the institutions that is usually made up of a combination of grants, and/or work aid.
Pell Grant A federal grant that is available to any undergraduate student with financial need.
SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test, required by some colleges for admission.
Scholarship A grant awarded on the basis of grades or other achievement; may or may not be based on financial need.
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