Grants and scholarships are often called"gift aid' because they are free money-financial aid that doesn't have to be repaid.

Grants and scholarships can come from the federal government, your state government, your college or career school, or a private or nonprofit organization. Do your research, apply for any grants or scholarships you might be eligible for, and be sure to meet application deadlines!

FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES is where you go to obtain a PIN (Personal Identification Number), learn more about the FAFSA, including step-by-step instructions, file online and check the status of your FAFSA. If you're a graduating high school senior or recent graduate, meet academic, financial and eligibility requirements and submit two forms by the Cal Grant deadline, you may receive a Cal Grant! provides information about the California Dream Act and is the portal for the California Dream Act Application for financial aid. offers an overall look at financial aid, where to look for it and how to get it. lists free Cash for College workshops in your area where you and your parents can get help filling out the FAFSA. You may even win an additional $1,000 scholarship at a Cash for College workshop. for information on California Community Colleges and other kinds of financial aid. has loads of information about Cal Grants and other programs available through the California Student Aid Commission. for general information about financing for college and managing a student loan. provides information on this exciting opportunity for foster youth and former foster youth. makes finding and applying to a school in California a no-brainer. provides valuable information about college savings opportunities. provides information from the U.S. Department of Education. provides free scholarship and college searches. to learn about the college and financial aid resources available in each state. provides a scholarship directory for latino students.