Financial Aid & Scholarships
FAFSA/CA Dream Act
FAFSA: You submit a FAFSA if you are a U.S. Citizen, National or Permanent Resident. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is used to apply for financial aid. https://fafsa.ed.gov/
CA Dream Act: Is for students who are not U.S. Citizens, National or Permanent Residents or do not fulfill ALL of the FAFSA requirements. The Dream application is unique to California, promoting access to all students regardless of immigration status and/or documentation. www.caldreamact.org
Whether you file FAFSA or the CA Dream Act the deadline to submit your application is March 2.
TUSD submits GPAs for all seniors each year. This means that you DO NOT have to fill out the GPA Verification Form. As long as you complete your FAFSA by March 2nd, you will be considered for Cal Grants.
In addition to the FAFSA, some colleges and universities will require the CSS Profile. https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/.
The 2020 LAMCF Scholarship program is for graduating high school seniors who are dependents of an Armed Forces member or Department of Defense civilian. Now accepting applications from Dec 1, 2019 through Feb 29, 2020. https://lamcf.weebly.com/
California-Hawaii Elks Major Project Inc Scholarships:
Undergraduate scholarship program for students with disabilities. Must be a U.S Citizen, resident of California or Hawaii. Have a physical, neurological, visual, hearing impairments, and/or speech-language disorder and be a senior in high school, high school graduate, or have passed the GED or the CHSPE. For more eligibility details visit www.chea-elks.org/youth-
The Sandpipers Scholarship Program:
The 2020 Online Application is now ready! It is accessible via this link: https://smr.to/p64040. All applications are due by Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at 11:59 pm. Students must create an account in the system to begin their applications. For transcripts and letters of recommendation, the students will upload the documents themselves. If necessary, there is also an option for the student to email a request to a teacher (supervisor, leader, etc.) who can then upload a confidential recommendation that only the Sandpipers Scholarship Committee can see. *Applications are not complete until students answer all required questions and upload all required documents (inclulding trancripts, letters of recommendation and financial records).
Scholarship Opportunity For Seniors who plan to go into CTE:
Attention Seniors who are planning to pursue a technical career after high school ( Auto Mechanic, Carpenter, Welder, Electrician, Surgical Technologist etc.) There is a special scholarship for you! Please see Ms. Maldonado for details on how to apply.
College Board Opportunity Scholarships- Deadline ongoing
Beginning with the class of 2020 (Current Seniors), College Board will be awarding scholarships ranging from $500 to $40,000. This scholarship program does not have a minimum GPA or SAT score. Students have a chance to earn scholarships when they: Build their college list, Practice for the SAT, Improve their SAT score, strengthen their college list, Fill out the FAFSA and apply to college. View more information on this College Board Opportunity Scholarships.
Grades 9 - 12
There are several scholarships programs available for all grades. View all the scholarships offered, additional information, and deadlines. If you have any questions please see Ms. Ramirez in the counseling office.
College Covered (Discover) (Deadline Jan 31, 2020)
Discover Student Loans is giving away a $5,000 scholarship each month this year! The earlier you enter the more chances you have to win 1 of the 12 scholarships available. More information is available here.
Cirkled in Scholarship
$2500 scholarship for 8th-12th grade students. It’s an easy scholarship to apply for, with no income bracket requirements, no minimum GPA, and no lengthy essay to write. Students can use it for any educational need, such as college tuition (4 year, 2 year, or trade school), books and supplies, even transportation if necessary. It’s free to apply. It’s open to all high school grades, not just the seniors. Apply here.
2020 Scholarships Opportunities
Attached is annual compilation of key scholarship opportunities, internships, and summer programs. View a list of scholarship opportunities.
Interested in an internship? View a list of career focused internship opportunities for students looking to gain valuable career experience. Both lists are updated regularly. It's not too early for students to begin planning for summer, also offered is a list of college focused summer programs.
The following links are great for national scholarship searches and more information on financial aid: