Financial Aid Resources


For comprehensive financial aid information online, including information on sources of aid, how to find & apply for aid, how to project college costs, and how to calculate student loan repayments, we recommend that you visit the websites: and

Get Schooled ( has partnered with AT&T to provide a College Text Hotline. Students can text “college” or “colegio” to 335577 for information on where to apply to college, how to apply, and how to navigate the financial aid process and pay for college.

High school students and their families can prepare for college at every grade level with California College Gold Rush.  This website will serve as a virtual guidance counselor that will take you step-by-step through the financial aid application process, comparing college costs, and creating a smart college financial plan.

Want to know how the colleges determine your financial need eligibility? Click here for an Expected Family Contribution calculator: http:/

For younger students, you can find early financial planning and information on the best ways to save for college at the website:

Download information about Financial Aid from the Scholarship Foundation by clicking on the links below:

1. Student Aid Brochure
2. Four Sources of Financial Aid

Haga clic en los enlaces abajo para obtener más información sobre ayuda financiera de la Fundación de Becas:

1.  El Folleto de Programas de Ayuda Financiera para Estudiantes
2.  Cuatro Fuentes de la Ayuda Financiera 

Scholarship Foundation’s Student Aid Informational Video series:

“The Definition and Philosophy of Financial Aid”

“The Four Sources of Financial Aid”

“After You Apply for Financial Aid”

“The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara’s Programs”

“How to Choose a Major and Explore Careers”

College Search Information:

Here are the Four General Sources of Student Financial Aid:

Federal Student Aid
Smile_marioThe first step to federal financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student  Aid (FAFSA). Submitting the FAFSA will enable you to determine your Expected Family Contribution figure (EFC) towards college costs, and it will allow your college to determine your eligibility for Federal Student Aid programs including grants and loans. The FAFSA is available October 1. The California priority deadline to file the FAFSA form is March 2, however, check with your school’s financial aid office to verify your school’s individual deadline for this form (it may be earlier than March 2). Online at

California State Aid

Need-based grants from the state are available to California residents attending college in the state. Check your eligibility and apply for these Cal Grants by using the Cal Grant GPA Verification form, available October 1 with a deadline of March 2. For more information go to the website:

If you are an AB 540 student, complete the California Dream Act Application, available October 1 with a deadline of March 2. For more information go to the website:

All graduates of a California high school should create a WebGrants account here
( to review their Cal Grant eligibility and award status.

Attend a Cash for College Workshop in your area for help completing the FAFSA and Dream Act Application and you will be entered to win a scholarship from Cal-SOAP.  Click here to find a workshop in your area.

Institutional Aid

Most colleges raise their own money to give merit scholarships and need-based grants to their students each year. Check with your college’s financial aid office, and be sure to see if your school requires any additional forms to apply for financial aid like the College Board’s CSS PROFILE form. Check with your school’s financial aid office to verify your school’s individual deadline for this form. This form is online at

Outside Agency Aid

There are numerous other private scholarships available for students attending college, such as scholarships provided by groups like the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. Be sure to apply online here at our website (under the Apply for a Scholarship and Loan tab)! But, we also recommend that you check two other sources: (1) your high school counseling office, where many local clubs send scholarship notices about local awards, and (2) an online scholarship search. Try the following websites:

Fastweb Scholarship Search Scholarship Search
Foundation for Santa Barbara City College
Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Merit Aid (College Scholarship Search)
Latino College Scholarship Directory
Adsum Education Foundation
TheDream.US (for AB540 students)
Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
Edison Scholars Program
Information about Online Colleges

The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara offers financial aid counseling services for students and parents. We can help you understand the range of grants, scholarships, federal aid, and state aid that are available. Please call us at (805) 687-6065 or send an email to to schedule an appointment.


Fast Facts

Did you know....

  • In 2016, we provided 3,016 scholarships totaling $8.74 million.


  • In 2016, we provided financial aid advising services to more than 45,000 students and families in our County.


  • The Scholarship Foundation does not charge an administrative fee to scholarship fund donors. 100% of contributions to support scholarships goes directly to deserving students.