Financial Aid

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. Making college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college.
Please see our Financial Aid Powerpoint and the NACAC Financial Aid 101 PowerPoint.

Important Links:

College Board 2016-17 Financial Aid Checklist & Worksheet
Form Your Future: How to Fill out the FAFSA Guide 


Q: What do I need to do to get financial aid?
A: You can fill out a free application through The US Department of Education. The application is for federal and state student financial aid. After filing the FAFSA, students should establish a WebGrants for Students (WGS) account. Using WGS, students can see their Cal Grant application status, confirm and update their postal and email addresses, provide the required high school graduation confirmation once they graduate and can change their college of attendance. 

Q: How can I get help filling out the FAFSA application?
A: Each year we have a financial aid officer from one of the local colleges come do a presentation on how to fill out the FAFSA form. The presenter will go through the FAFSA line-by-line and will answer any questions you may have.

Q: How do you apply for the Cal Grant?
A: Mater Dei does it for you! Your FASFA application is also the application for Cal Grants. 

Q: The UCs might pay for your fees if your family income falls below a certain level. What does your income have to be and what else does it cover?
A: The UC Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan will cover educational and student services fees if you are a California resident whose family earns less than $80,000 per year and you qualify for financial aid. Blue and Gold students with sufficient financial need can qualify for even more grant aid to help reduce the cost of attending college.

Q: I didn't get a lot of financial aid from my college. How else can I get money?
A: Scholarships and grants! Check the "College" section Naviance