Paying for College - Article, Office of College Advancement

Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

By Ohlone College.

“How to pay for college?” is a question that many students ask themselves as they make post high school plans or decide to increase their employability by increasing their education.

Ohlone College’s Office of Financial Aid has many solutions that will alleviate concerns. There are federal and state grants (Pell Grant or Cal Grant) to assist students; fee waivers, such as the “BOG waiver,” (which stands for “Board of Governors”); and scholarships based on financial eligibility, not academic achievement, such as the Ohlone Promise scholarship for graduating high school seniors entering Ohlone or California’s Middle-Class scholarship for students from middle income families looking to transfer to CSU or UC.

How to qualify? Students should begin the application process by first filling out the FAFSA. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid gathers the income information for a student and their family, which is used as the basis for determining financial aid eligibility at Ohlone (or any college or university). Apply online at fafsa.gov. Be sure to complete every step in the application process or the office cannot provide funds to the student.

“Print it out, read all the way to the bottom, and complete every step,” is Deborah Griffin’s recommendation for covering all the bases on your application.

It costs nothing to apply. Begin as soon as possible in order to be eligible for the maximum amount for which you qualify. Find out more at www.ohlone.edu/finaid.

Important dates:

  • January 1 and June 30, 2016 - For the 2016-17 academic year, completed applications must be submitted during this period. FAFSA is required.
  • March 2, 2016 - Deadline to submit application for first disbursement of Cal Grants.
  • Students must have completed a FAFSA in order to apply for a Cal Grant, plus other forms.
  • Applying after March 2 (date of post mark) reduces your chance of receiving funding from Cal Grant.

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