Use the tips below to avoid excessive debt by meeting important deadlines, setting financial goals, and exploring available resources.
Don't miss any assistance opportunities. When you file your FAFSA on time each year, you'll be considered for the best types of financial aid.
May 21 is the deadline to provide additional required documents such as verification worksheets and income tax returns, or to resolve processing holds.
If verification information is submitted or holds are resolved after May 21, funding is limited to loans, Federal Pell Grant, and Cal Grants only, based on eligibility.
Think about what you earn now and what you may earn in the future.
Scholarships don't require payback and are available to all students.
Loans can help cover your educational costs, but loans aren't always the best option. Try part-time employment or cutting your personal expenses to graduate with the least amount of debt.
If your schedule permits, part-time employment can help cover costs and help keep borrowing to a minimum.
TRIP lets you make installment payments on your student account so you don't have to pay large amounts all at once.
You or your parents might be eligible to recover some of your out-of-pocket college expenses (typically tuition and fees) if grants and scholarships don't fully cover them.
Contact the Financial Aid Office, (858) 534-4480.