financial aid

Financial Aid Information


    Beginning in November of your senior year, you should be initiating the financial aid process.


    What is Financial Aid? 
    Financial aid consists of scholarships, grants, loans and employment opportunities which are available to help students pay for higher education. It is intended to supplement family resources, not replace them. 

    There are two basic categories of financial aid: 
    • Merit-based, which is generally given in recognition of special skills, talents, and/or academic ability. These include: Merit scholar, ie top 10% of the class , outstanding athlete, accomplished musician, etc. 
    • Need-based, represents the major portion of help available for post-secondary education. Need-based (commonly called financial need,) is the difference between what it will cost to attend to post-secondary institution and what the family will be able to pay.

    The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is our U.S. government sponsored program which provides college grants. The FAFSA is the standard need analysis form used by the federal government, the state and colleges. Students should file only one FAFSA regardless of how many colleges they are considering. Clicking here will take you directly to the FAFSA web site, where you can fill out an application online.  For public schools in California, the deadline to file the FAFSA is March 2nd.

    For California financial aid, TUHSD electronically submits the  GPA Verification Form, for most students. If you are notified that your GPA Verification form was not submitted electronically, you must file the paper version of the Cal Grant GPA Verification form.  This form must be completed by March 2nd. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for Cal Grant A and a 2.0 for Cal Grant B.  For more information go to the CSAC website.

    Some private schools require the CSS Profile as well. These are typically schools that award their own funds to accepted students. This form requests more complete financial information than does the FAFSA. Each institution customizes the profile. Complete the CSS Profile here



    Subsidized,Unsubsidized and Parent loans may be available through the college’s Financial Aid Office. Interest rates and repayment plans vary.


    If additional funding is needed, students may be eligible for jobs on campus. This is called the Federal Work Study Program. To qualify for this, the students must complete the FAFSA and be awarded work study.



    Students should start the scholarship search by accessing their  Tamiscal Naviance account and look under the scholarship tab. Specific scholarships, as well as several data base search options, are listed there.

    In Marin, we are fortunate to have an additional source of financial aid. 10,000 Degrees, formerly the Marin Education Fund, located in San Rafael, is a non-profit organization committed to providing grants both for vocational programs and for college admission. Free workshops are available. The following link will take you to their web site In addition, students can obtain funds through private scholarships. These usually entail SAT scores, essays, recommendations, GPA minimums and other eligibility requirements.

    The enclosed links will take you to popular scholarships sites.

     Search over $1 billion in scholarships at Fastweb or

     Scholarship based on academics and accomplishments= Merit Aid:


    Apply for financial aid, no matter what!

    -Watch for deadlines!
    - Apply as early as possible. 
    - Answer all questions completely, accurately and do not leave any blank.