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Financial Aid

Financial Aid and Scholarships

There is a wealth of information regarding financial aid programs and scholarships on the internet. Please be aware that you should not have to pay money to apply for a scholarship or the FAFSA. If a site is requesting money, it is a scam!
Financial Aid:
  • AB540 and the California Dream Act - Find out the criteria for AB540 students to see if you are eligible for exemption from non-resident tuition at public postsecondary institutions as well as other scholarship opportunities. For local information for AB540 students, check out the AB540 Coalition of Santa Barbara. PLEASE do NOT use Firefox/Mozilla search engine, as it is not compatible with the Dream Act Website.
  • College Affordability & Transparency Center - start here to find information about how much it costs students to attend different colleges, how fast those costs are going up, and information related to why costs are going up.
  • Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) -Students who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state.
  • Naviance - look for a list of scholarships under the “Scholarships” tab
Scholarship Search Sites:
  • Fast Web – the largest FREE scholarship database
  • Chegg – scholarship matching database
  • Big Future - find all about how to pay for college with videos, information about scholarships, loans, and tools and calculators to help estimate college costs.
  • -With the most comprehensive scholarship database available, students find national and local scholarships that match their qualifications and can sort them by level of effort or competition.

Make sure to check out the Financial Aid & Scholarships section on college websites for specific information related to their campus.