Financial Aid Information
ALL Students planning to go to a community college, public or private 4-year college, or trade/vocational school should fill out a FAFSA or Dream Act application in their Senior year. Scroll down to learn more!
Types of Aid:
- The first step in qualifying for grants is to submit a FAFSA or Dream Act Application.
- Chafee Grant
- Grant for students who have been in the foster youth system
- Be a current or former foster youth who was a ward of the court, living in foster care, for at least one day between the ages of 16 and 18.
- Youth who are/were in Kin-GAP, a non-related legal guardianship, or were adopted, are eligible only if the youth was a dependent or ward of the court, living in foster care, for at least one day between the ages of 16 and 18.
- Not have reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1st of the award year.
- Supplemental Eduational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)
- Awarded to undergraduates who demonstrate the highest financial need (must submit FAFSA to qualify).
- Click here to learn more about SEOG!
- Federal Pell Grant
- Awarded to students who demonstrate financial need to pay for their education after high school
- To apply, simply check "yes" to the appropriate question on your FAFSA application
- Your college financial aid office determines the size of the award
- Click here to learn more about Pell Grants!
- Students must be a US citizen, permanent resident or eligible non-citizen and meet eligibility requirements including financial need and minimum GPA
- Click here to learn more about CalGrants!
- Contact the scholarship office at the schools you are planning to apply to. Most colleges offer their own scholarship opportunities.
- UC's Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan will ensure that you will not have to pay UC’s system-wide tuition and fees out of your own pocket if you are a California resident whose total family income is less than $80,000 a year and you qualify for financial aid. You must file a FAFSA to be eligible.
- Multiple ways to qualify and apply for scholarships. Check out the WHS Scholarship webpage for more information. Click Here!
Ask the experts:
Financial Aid FAFSA/Dream Act App Nights:
Bring your tax returns and get help filling out the FAFSA and Dream Act applications from Financial Aid experts on:
- October 25th in Room 33 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
- January 28th in Room 33 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
How to apply for Financial Aid:
All students must apply between October 1st & March 2nd! AB 540 or Undocumented students need to fill out the Dream Act application.
The California Dream Act offers AB540 students the opportunity to apply for and receive several types of financial aid such as:
- Board of Governors Fee Waiver
- State financial aid like Cal Grants and Chafee Grants
- Assistance from EOPS, CARE and Cal works
- Privately-Funded Scholarships
In order to qualify for AB 540 a student must:
- Have attended a high school in California for 3 years or more.
- Have graduated from a California high school or received their equivalent GED.
- File an affidavit with the public state college or university stating that he or she will file an application to obtain legal permanent residency as soon as he or she is eligible.