Financial Aid Made Simple

Most people, regardless of income, qualify for some kind of financial aid. We help you get the financial aid you may qualify for, and make it simple for you to understand. Let us help you find the financial aid that makes sense for you. Many students are amazed at the financial aid they’re eligible to receive. Scholarships, grants, and loans are just some of the financial aid options available if you qualify. Call us at 800-622-3188 and we’ll walk you through your financial aid options.

Potential Sources of Financial Aid
California College San Diego will help you explore all your financial aid options so you’ll have the best chance of receiving the aid you need to complete your education. Here are four main sources of financial aid:
  • Federal: To find out what federal grants or loans might be available to you, start by filling out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you’re a veteran, on active duty, or a millitary spouse, you could get additional federal military benefits.
  • State: Some states provide grants and scholarships, including need-based assistance. We’ll help you find out if you qualify for aid in your state.
  • Institutional: We invest in you! California College San Diego provides scholarships1 and affordable tuition payment plans.
  • Private: Businesses and organizations, such as Sallie Mae, offer financial help to college students. We’ll help you explore these options.


Financial Aid Questions
How much aid can I qualify for?

How do I apply for financial aid?

Federal School FAFSA Code

Where do I find out more information about federal student aid?

Need Financial Aid? You’re Not Alone!

Did you know that more than half of U.S. undergraduates receive federal financial aid? According to the U.S. Education Department, 57% of students obtained federal grants, loans, and other benefits in a recent school year.2 Many more students receive assistance through scholarships, state programs, and private or college-provided financing.

Think you won’t qualify for financial aid? Most people do, so get the facts first—the key is finding the right option for you. At California College San Diego, our friendly financial planners will help you get all the financial aid you qualify for. Just call (800) 622-3188 to see how much you could get.

Available Aid Programs

For those serving in the military or with veteran status, click here for details about military benefits.

Student Aid ProgramType of AidProgram DetailsAnnual Max Award Limits
Federal Pell Grant

Grant: does not have to be repaid.Available almost exclusively to undergraduates; all eligible students will receive the Federal Pell Grant amounts they qualify for.$5,815 (2010/2011 school year). Subject to change every July 1st.
Federal Supplemental
Educational Opportunity
Grant (FSEOG)

Grant: does not have to be repaid.For undergraduates with exceptional financial need; priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients; funds depend on availability at school.Amounts vary depending on school's allocation.
Federal Work Study

Money is earned while attending school; does not have to be repaid.For undergraduates with exceptional financial need; priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients; funds depend on availability at school.No annual maximum.
Federal Perkins Loan

Loan: must be repaid.Five percent loans for both undergraduate and graduate students; payment is owed to the school that made the loan.$5,500 for undergraduate students;
$8,000 for graduate students.
Direct Subsidized Loan

Loan: must be repaid.Direct Subsidized: U.S. Department of Education pays interest while borrower is in school and during grace and deferment periods.$3,500 to $8,500, depending on grade level.
Direct Unsubsidized Loan

Loan: must be repaid. Direct Unsubsidized: Borrower is responsible for interest during life of the loan. $4,000 to $18,500, depending on grade level (If you do not qualify for Direct Subsidized loan).
Federal PLUS Loan

Loan: must be repaid. Available to parents of dependent undergraduate students.Cost of attendance minus any other financial aid the student receives.

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  1. Scholarship awards are available only to those who qualify, and they are limited in number. For details, visit
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