• Need Help Understanding the Financial Aid Process? 
    Financial Aid presentations or help nights
    FAFSA Night - Thursday, October 4, 6-9 p.m., Vista del Lago Library.  Staff from the California Commission on Student Aid will be on hand to assist with completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid.)  A 6 p.m. presentation will precede workshop time to get one-on-one assistance with completing your FAFSA. This form is required for all federal and state student aid, and by many colleges in order to qualify for merit aid as well. Registration is required.  THIS EVENT IS FULL.
    FAFSA Workshops at Vista - Wednesdays, 10/24, 11/4, 12/5 from 1:45-2:45 in the Vista College/Career Center
    FAFSA Night at Folsom Lake College - Wednesday, October 24, 4:30-7 p.m. 
    FAFSA Presentation video from FCUSD College Fair 2017
    Regional Cash for College Nights - Schedule for Sacramento Region, Fall 2018.  Get help filling out your FAFSA at these workshops.
    Financial Aid Info Night at Vista (Presentation Link) -  from Tuesday, November 14, 2017 6:30 p.m. in the Vista del Lago Library.  Anita Kermes, Director of Financial Aid at Sacramento State University, was the speaker.  
    The Steps to Applying for Financial Aid for College

     #1.  Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)! https://fafsa.ed.gov/

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     FAFSA application required for Cal Grants, Federal Work Study, Federal College Loans, California Middle Class Scholarship, and is required by many schools for students to be eligible for merit scholarships. Even if you think you won't qualify for Student Aid, complete the FAFSA before March 2! This will keep doors open and costs nothing but some time!  For more information, contact the College/Career Center. Complete the 19/20 FAFSA (which opens 10/1/18). 
    After the FAFSA?  The SAR (Student Aid Report)
    Apply for these by completing the FAFSA (above) - California Financial Aid Programs:  Students must be attending a California school to utilize these grants.  
    CAL Grant Programs  **Note:  students are only eligible to apply for these as seniors or within the 1st year after graduation.  These grants are good for 4 years when students maintain eligibility.
    California Dream Act  Financial aid for California students without residency documentation/Social Security number.
    California Middle Class Scholarship  Grants for families making up to (approx) $171,000/yr. paying between 10%-40% of tuition cost.

     #2.  Explore the Financial Aid information at colleges to which you apply.

    Look for college specific grants and scholarships.  Check out the process and deadlines and apply.  Know that financial aid application deadlines often occur before you know if you have been accepted to that school. Know that many colleges require that the student has submitted the FAFSA in order to be considered for any financial aid, including merit scholarships.


     #3 Apply for local, regional and national scholarships.

    Local and Regional Scholarship information is located on Vista del Lago's Naviance/Family Connection page once community organizations post their scholarships (usually beginning in December)  After signing in, students look on their "College" tab and click on the "Scholarship List" for information, applications and web links.  Links are active when the hosting organization is accepting applications.  If you know about scholarships that should be added to this list, please contact Julie Calderwood at Jcalderwood@fcusd.org.
    The Career Center will be hosting Scholarship Application Workshops in November-March.  Students may sign up for these workshops which will be held during FlexTime.  There is a binder of last year's scholarships located in the Career Center for reference on what you might expect for the coming year.
    Regional Scholarship Lists:
    National scholarships resources can be found at:

    Note:  We do not endorse using a scholarship search engine, application, program or site that requires any kind of fee. 

    Vista students may visit their student Naviance portal under the colleges tab>scholarship list for many more scholarship links and applications. These are posted as they are updated for this year's application period.
    Here is a sample scholarship tracking worksheet that students may use if desired: Scholarship Tracking Form

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