AB 540 Coalition
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Please click on the link below for the AB 540 List of Scholarships

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Santa Barbara students: apply today for the Adsum Education Foundation scholarships for AB 540 students!  Deadline is January 31, 2015. www.adsumsb.org

 


 

I’m an AB 540 student–
How Do I Pay for College?

 

 

  
As an AB 540 student, you will not be able to access federal aid, but there are other resources that can help you. With AB 130 and AB 131, state aid and university endowments are options for students. You will need to have the best GPA possible, a strong list of extracurricular activities, and a great deal of determination.  It is challenging to pay for college- but not impossible!
 
General tips:
  • Apply! Begin applying to scholarships as early as possible- even during your 9th grade year. 
  • Work! Talk to your parents about working a part-time job during the summers or after school.
  • Save! Talk to your parents about starting a savings account so that you can earn interest.
  • Choose your college wisely! Read the “College Options” section and make sure you understand which college path will be best for you. Some colleges are much less expensive than others.
Source #1: California State Aid - BOG Waiver (first type of state aid)

     What is a BOG waiver?

BOG waivers are free money for California Community College Students.  They are based on financial need. BOG waivers are not loans – they will not need to be repaid. BOG waivers will be available to Dream Scholars after January 1, 2013.

     How to Apply? There are two ways to apply:

1- Complete the California Dream Application at  
    www.caldreamact.org OR  

2- Complete the BOG Waiver Application at your college
    financial aid office.

      How much can I receive?

If you qualify for the BOG waiver, your units will be paid for.  There is no additional funding for books, housing, or other expenses.

     Where do I find out more info?

Visit www.caldreamact.org, talk to your school counselor, or call your college’s Financial Aid Office.

 

Source #1: California State Aid - Cal Grants (second type of state aid)

      What is a Cal Grant?

Cal Grants are free money for college.  They are not loans and do not need to be repaid. Cal Grants are based on financial need, GPA, and other factors. Cal Grants may be used for tuition and fees at California colleges and universities only.

      How to Apply?

Complete the California Dream Application at www.caldreamact.org . Students who need money in Fall 2013 should be sure to complete the application between Jan 1 to March 2, 2013. Cal Grants will be available starting Fall 2013.

      How much can I receive?

Currently, Cal Grants can be up to $12,192 at UC school, $5,472 at CSUs, and $9,708 at private schools. Note that these amounts are subject to change each year.

      Where do I find out more info?

Visit www.caldreamact.org, talk to your school counselor, or call your college’s Financial Aid Office.

 
Source #2: College-Based Aid
      What is College-Based Aid?

Every college and university has their own scholarships to award to their own students.  This money comes from the college’s own funds.  They can choose to give away funding based on financial need, GPA, or any other factor they choose.  These scholarships are usually free – they do not need to be repaid.

      How to Apply?

Complete the California Dream Application at www.caldreamact.org .  Some colleges and universities will also have a separate mandatory application.  College-based aid will be available starting Jan 1, 2013.

       How much can I receive?

These scholarships vary by school, but can be worth thousands of dollars!

       Where do I find out more info?

Call your college or university Financial Aid office and find out what is required. This step is very important! Students at SBCC and Allan Hancock: look at these pages and read about AB540 scholarships for these local schools:

        www.sbcc.edu/scholarships

        www.ahcfoundation.org 

·         THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP: Contact the colleges you are applying to directly - ask the financial aid office what resources they have for AB 540 students. They will direct you to any forms or applications that they may require.  Call every school that you are applying to- whether they are public or private. It never hurts to ask what resources are available to you.

·         Meet the deadlines! Schools set their own processes and timelines- so it is MANDATORY that you research and meet all deadlines. There are no exceptions to missed deadlines!

·         NEVER LIE ON ANY FORMS! If you are asked for a Social Security Number, leave it blank. Lying could negatively affect your naturalization process.

·         Do not complete an official FAFSA - The FAFSA is the form that legal residents must complete to get federal aid. As an AB 540 student, NEVER turn a FAFSA into the Federal Processor. Ask your financial aid office what they require- some colleges may ask you to complete the DRAFT of a FAFSA form and then submit it to the financial aid office directly.

·         Check out the clubs! The SBCC IDEAS Club and UCSB IDEAS Club offer scholarships to AB 540 students each year. Make sure to look for these clubs on campus.

 
 
Source #3: Private Scholarships
      How to Apply?What is a Private Scholarship?

Many foundations, organizations, clubs, high schools, and places of worship offer private scholarships that they fundraise.  These scholarships are given based on based on financial need, GPA, or any other factor.

      How to Apply?

Every organization has its own application requirements and deadlines.

      How much can I receive?

These scholarships vary by organization, but can be worth thousands of dollars!

      Where do I find out more info?
  • Ask your high school counselor
  • Santa Barbara students: apply to the Adsum Education Foundation! Visit www.adsumsb.org to find out about a great local scholarship that gave away $100,000 to undocumented students last year
  • Santa Barbara students: visit www.sbscholarship.org to find out about additional  local scholarships.
  • www.latinocollegedollars.org  Search this database for scholarships which do not require a Social Security Number.
  • www.finaid.org/otheraid/undocumented.phtml
  • www.maldef.org/leadership/scholarships/resources/index.html
        Prepare! Scholarships have deadlines throughout the
year. Start getting letters of recommendation now so that you have these ready to go for scholarships that you learn about later on. Begin writing essays and have these edited by teachers or others you trust.

        Be careful! NEVER pay or give credit card information for scholarship or financial aid information.

        Understand what an ITIN number is. An ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) is a number that the IRS can give you which takes the place of a social security number on many tax forms. It DOES NOT make you a legal resident or give you any other privileges. However, some scholarship applications may accept an ITIN if you do not have a social security number. YOU MUST CALL the group giving the scholarship and ask if they will accept an ITIN from applicants who do not have a social security number.

        NEVER LIE ON ANY FORMS! If you are asked for a Social Security Number, leave it blank or ask if they will accept an ITIN number instead. Lying could negatively affect your naturalization process.

Dedicate yourself! Apply to as many scholarships as you can- but be sure that you meet eligibility requirements.

 
Source #4: Personal Fundraising

Don’t forget to let your extended family, friends, and community know that you have decided to go to college- they may be able to support you as well!

  • Write a personal letter that explains your future academic and career goals. Make sure to include the accomplishments you have already earned. Send this personal letter to contacts that you trust. Ask them to consider supporting your academic career by donating money to your college fund.
  • Talk to your friends and family and make a list of trustworthy contacts that may be able to help you financially. Make a personal meeting with these people and tell them your story. Bring your letter and a resume or grade report. Be polite, and say thank you even if they cannot help.
  • Every dollar counts! It might be hard to ask your community for money, but remember- every successful person has had to ask for help when they needed it. Most people will greatly respect your dedication.
  • Make sure that you thank anyone who donates to you. Send them a grade report at the end of each semester and ask them politely to continue helping you make your college dream come true.
  • If you are shy, you may find it easier to work with other AB 540 students. Collaborate and brainstorm fundraisers and strategies.   Some fundraisers that local groups have held for AB 540 students include:
    • Car Washes
    • Food Sales
    • Garage Sales
    • Money Drive on PayPal (set up a PayPal account online and email your supporters to give)
    • Events (such as holding a dance or movie screening and selling tickets)

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