You’ve decided on a college, but now you want to make sure you can pay for it. That’s why we’re here. The Student Financial Assistance Programs unit of the California Community Colleges provides the know-how and leadership in administering federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs that total more than $2.8 billion and serve more than 1 million students each year.

In addition, the Student Financial Assistance Programs unit administers the Board Financial Assistance Programs – Student Financial Aid Administration, the California College Promise Grant, the Chancellor’s Office Tax Offset Program, and the Real Estate Scholarship Program.

If you’re applying for financial aid, you first need to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. For those who are unable to do so, the California Dream Act also allows certain students to apply for and receive state financial aid.

Don’t assume you’re not eligible. Nearly half of all California community college students are afforded some type of financial aid through a variety of programs that range from Cal Grants and the California College Promise Grant to work study and scholarships.

A good place to start is the financial aid office at your local community college. Staffers at every campus are ready to help you explain what type of financial aid available and what kind of documentation is necessary to see if you are eligible.