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Financial Aid Information:

Please use this link; do not search for this site as there are scam websites.  The FAFSA should be filed online in January or February of senior year.  It will determine eligibility for federal financial aid for college and vocational training.  Workshops will be offered in January and February to assist seniors and their parents/guardians with this application.

Parents and seniors are each required to have a FAFSA Pin to "sign" their FAFSA online.
  The PIN application process should only take about 5 minutes.

Cal Grant Information
DNHS Counseling Office assists all seniors in submitting their GPA as part of applying for Cal Grants.  To be eligible for a Cal Grant, seniors must also complete their FAFSA by March 2nd and meet GPA and income eligibility. 
Seniors eligible for Cal Grants should sign up for a WebGrants 4 Students account to manage their Cal Grant at the California Student Aid Commission website:  click here  https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/logon.asp

Some financial aid may be taxable:  Students who receive scholarships in excess of the cost of tuition, fees, and books, may have to pay income tax on that "income."  Colleges will send a 1098-T each year with amounts for "qualified tuition and related expenses" as well as the amounts for "scholarships or grants."  Scholarships and grants that are used for housing and living expenses are taxable.  The IRS figures you must pay for living expenses whether or not you are in college.  College students should set aside some money if they expect to have to file income taxes.  See http://www.irs.gov/Filing to see if you will need to file.

New rules for federal financial aid will be starting July 1, 2012.  To be eligible for federal financial aid, first time college students must have a diploma or GED.  Also, the federal Pell Grant is limited to 12 semesters and there have been changes to the loan program.  Family maximum income has dropped from $32,000 to $23,000 for students to have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0.  For more detailed information, please go to the FAFSA website or click on  "Learn about recent changes" under Announcements. 

2014-15 Financial Aid Night Presentation:  This PowerPoint was presented at our December 2014 Financial Aid Night on financial aid basics.

Financial Aid Night Powerpoint presentationThe Financial Aid Night Powerpoint presentation is available here. Jay Schock from Humboldt State University Financial Aid Office presented information on sources of financial, including scholarships and grants, and the 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

2014-15 FAFSA Worksheet:  This worksheet iss for the 2014-15 academic year.  Seniors can gather the information they need to complete the FAFSA using this worksheet.

Sample Student Aid Report from the FAFSA:  This is a sample Student Aid Report (SAR) that is generated after submitting the FAFSA.  Please double-check that all the information submitted was correct.  Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is listed:  this is the amount that is expected to be contributed by parents for their student's education for one year.

"Tips on Filling Out the 2013-14 FAFSA" PowerPoint presentation:  The California Student Aid Commission has released this shortened version of their presentation to help students and parents avoid common mistakes on their FAFSA.

Financial Aid Basics:  Finding Money for College
This 2012 Humboldt State University Financial Aid Office PowerPoint presentation from describes the different sources of financial aid available to graduating seniors.

DNHS 2011 Financial Aid Night Presentation on Financial Aid Basics and filling out the FAFSA
This PowerPoint presentation covers the basic sources of financial aid and describes the FAFSA application steps.

FAFSA on the web Worksheet:  this worksheet will help you know what information you will need to complete your FAFSA online.  The actual FAFSA is online at www.FAFSA.ed.gov.

Federal Student AidFederal Student Aid is an office of the US Dept. of Education.  Honest information about preparing for college, types of financial aid, how to qualify, the FAFSA, and how to manage student loans.

California Student Aid Commission (CSAC)
California Student Aid Commission oversees the Cal Grant program, Cash for College Workshops, the Dream Act, and other state financial aid.
  They are located at www.csac.ca.gov .

Chafee Grant Information for Foster Youth
Seniors who have been in foster care may be eligible for up to $5,000 under the Chafee Grant.  This is a federal grant and may be used in other states.  The application and information are available on the CSAC website.

California Dream Act
(AB 131) for undocumented students eligible for AB 540 (attended a California high school at least 3 years and graduated from one) allows them to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant and Chafee Grant.  AB 130 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive non-state funded scholarships for public colleges and universities.  For more information, talk to your School Counselor or visit the California Student Aid Commission website.  A flyer on tips for filling out your Dream Act application is here.

Scholarship Information:

DNHS Scholarship Database:  The DNHS Counseling Office maintains a listing of scholarship for which DNHS students might be eligible.  Seniors are encouraged to check this page regularly.  Our sixth list for 2014-15 is now available by clicking here.

Del Norte Scholarship Foundation:   The Del Norte Scholarship Foundation application is available at the beginning of March and is due at the end.  Applications for 2015 have closed.  All Del Norte County seniors with a 2.0 GPA or above are eligible to apply. 
The Del Norte Scholarship Foundation (DNSF) is a community based foundation that provides scholarships to graduating seniors from Del Norte County Schools so they may obtain education beyond the secondary school level.  DNSF applications are available at the beginning of March and are due at the end of that month.  Scholarships are awarded at a ceremony in June. 
Instructions for How to Claim your Award from the Del Norte Scholarship Foundation and contact information for scholarship coordinator.

Humboldt Area Foundation Scholarships: Del Norte and Humboldt county seniors can use one application to apply to the Humboldt Area Foundation (www.HAFoundation.org) scholarships starting January 15th.  Applications are due on March 15th.  For more information, please visit this link.  A HAF representative will be at DNHS on February 10th to assist students with their application.  Seniors should sign up in the Counseling Office for this workshop as soon as possible.

Humboldt State University Scholarship Information:  This database may have scholarships available for Del Norte County seniors.   The link is here.

Dependent Children of Disabled Veterans: The dependent child of a service-connected disabled or service-connected deceased veteran may be entitled to tuition and fee waiver benefits at any campus of the California State University system, University of California or California Community College system.  (This waiver may be available in other states subject to residency requirements.) For more information, please visit: 
    California Dept. of Veterans Affairs 

    California Association of
    Veterans Service Office Offices
or contact:
    Gerald Cochran, County Veterans Service Officer

    810 H Street, Crescent City CA
    (707) 464-2154

Free Scholarship Search Websites:


Gates Millenium Scholarship Program:  The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian Pacific Islander American**, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. Continuing Gates Millennium Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.  Seniors must be Pell-eligible to receive this scholarship.  The scholarship will cover any unmet financial aid need and is renewable  DNHS offers a workshop for this application in December.  Applications are due in January on their website:  www.gmsp.org