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Financial Aid

Don't let the cost of college limit your choices.  Most students take advantage of financial aid packages which include:
  • Grants/scholarships (free money that you never have to pay back)
  • Loans (often subsidized by the government)
  • Work/study (on campus jobs while you're in college)
Use the resources at Finaid! as a good starting point for learning about financial aid.  Particularly useful tools are the Financial Aid Calculators which allow you to enter in your family's financial information to get an estimate of your financial aid.

Use the links below to help you apply for financial aid and scholarships (also use the scholarship information on Naviance).

California Student Aid Commission

Cal Grants for CA high school graduates who will attend a qualified CA college

CSS Profile

Additional financial aid application required by most private schools

E4FC Scholarships

Scholarships without SSN Requirements


Free Application for Federal Student Aid


Free Scholarship Search Service

Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley

For Latinas; selection criteria include academic performance, community involvement, and writing ability.

Los Altos Community Foundation

Application covers multiple scholarships: Los Altos Rotary, Mountain View Rotary, MVLA Community Scholars, Richard Bell, Mountain View Kiwanis, and Quota

Maldef Scholarship List

Includes scholarships that don't require a SSN


For students in foster or kinship care in Santa Clara County.

Sigma Phi Epsilon Balanced Man Scholarship

Awarded to "balanced men" at particular universities.

Smithsonian Latino Center Young Ambassadors Program

Competitive opportunity to receive training and participate in a 4-week interdisciplinary education internship in museums and cultural institutions.