This is the single largest source of financial aid. Students who are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents with demonstrated financial need (as defined by the FAFSA), and meet all other eligibility requirements, may qualify to receive grant assistance. The amount of the Pell Grant will vary from student to student depending on the income information reported on the FAFSA. Learn more about it.
This additional grant is available to students who are eligible for the Pell Grant, demonstrate high financial need, and are enrolled at least half-time. Awarding is based on a first-come first-serve basis depending on availability of funds. Students who complete their FAFSA by the March 2 priority deadline are given priority when awarding SEOG. Learn more about it.
FWS is a program designed to provide part-time jobs for students, allowing them to earn money to help pay for educational expenses while also earning valuable work experience. Students who have FWS jobs work on-campus part-time (up to 20 hours per week) in various departments, such as the Early Learning Center, Library, EOPS, Financial Aid, Athletics and Student Life. The best part? Your FWS job will always work around your school schedule! To apply for FWS, simply complete your FAFSA by the March 2 priority deadline and be sure to indicate interest in FWS. Awards are made on a first-come, first-serve basis to students who apply the earliest, complete their financial aid files early, are enrolled at least half-time, and have demonstrated financial need.
The U.S. Department of Education offers low-interest loans to students to help cover educational expenses. Loans will never replace grant, work-study, or scholarship assistance, so students must utilize all other forms of financial assistance before applying for a loan. Although the interest rate is low on federal student loans, it is important to understand that loans are paid back with interest over time, so you will pay back more than what you received. For more information on federal student loans, including eligibility requirements and terms, visit studentloans.gov.