A Brief Introduction to Financial Aid

Financial aid programs provide support for students to help meet the costs of obtaining a college education. Funding for such programs is provided by the federal and state governments, the individual colleges and universities, and a variety of other public and private sources.

Financial aid is split up into two categories based on the reason the money is awarded:

Achievement-based aid is awarded to students who have a special characteristic, skill, talent, or ability. Typically achievement-based aid is in the form of scholarships.

Need-based aid is provided to students who demonstrate financial need. Most financial aid, particularly public-funded aid, is awarded on the basis of financial need determined through the application process and in accordance with a prescribed federal formula.

Financial Aid Presentation (ENGLISH)

Financial Aid Presentation (SPANISH)



An Academic Preparation Program of the California Student Aid Commission