January 13, 2016: Applying for Financial Aid

posted Jun 6, 2016, 3:45 PM by khannon@summitps.org
Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
January 13, 2016

Weekly College Update

Dear Thunderbirds, Huskies, Snow Leopards, and Bulldogs,

We hope you’ll join us to kick off the financial aid application process tomorrow, Thursday, January 14th at 6:00pm at our Cash for College Night. In Redwood City this event will be held at Everest and in San Jose it will be held at Rainier. Experts from local colleges will be on hand to help you complete the FAFSA or Dream Applications for financial aid.

The FAFSA or Dream application is a really important first step toward paying for college. However, there are other applications and more sources of money for your college application.

This week’s focus is applying for financial aid.


If you’re not already familiar with the financial aid process, the 2016 Financial Aid Information Sheet is a good starting place. It provides information on the main ways to apply for money for college:

  • FAFSA or Dream Application

    • FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. EVERY senior should complete this application, no matter what type of school you plan to attend next year. FAFSA should be completed every year that you are in college (including community college) or career school. The Dream application is very similar but for undocumented students.

      • Recommended deadline: January 31st

      • Required deadline: March 2nd

  • CSS Profile

    • The Profile is only required by some private schools, but you should definitely complete it if you are applying to any schools that use it. Last year, I worked with a student who did not submit the Profile, and he received very little aid from the private schools to which he applied as a result. Check this list to see if any private schools you’re applying to require the Profile application.  

      • Recommended deadline: January 31st

      • Required deadline (for most colleges): February 15th

  • Cal Grants

    • A Cal Grant is free money for college that you can get if you’re eligible and you attend college in the state of California. To be considered for a Cal Grant, first complete the FAFSA application. Next, Summit will submit your GPA verification. Finally, we’ll help you make a Webgrants account (a very simple process) in February.

      • Recommended deadline: February 15th

      • Required deadline: March 2nd

  • Scholarships

    • Even with all of these helpful sources of financial aid, it’s likely that you will still need some help paying for all your college-related expenses. This is where scholarships come in! Scholarship deadlines are ongoing throughout the year, so it’s never too late to start the process, but the sooner you do, the more options you’ll have!

      • Ongoing deadlines

I hope this is a helpful overview of the process. Keep reaching out with your questions!


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness

Jan 1 FAFSA and Dream Act Applications Open for SubmissionFAFSA

Dream Act
Jan 13midnightGates Millenium Scholarship application deadlineGates Millenium Scholarship
Jan 146:00pmCash for College Night at Summit Everest and Summit RainierFAFSA

Dream Act

Silicon Valley Community Fund Scholarships Now Open! 

Silicon Valley Community Foundation administers a variety of scholarship programs that grant up to $40,000 to high school, community college and university students. The majority of our scholarships are designated for current or former residents of San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco counties. Since 2007, our scholarship programs have awarded more than $11.2 million to help students pursue higher education.

Find a Silicon Valley Community Fund scholarship you can apply for byclicking here

Scholarship Opportunities

JLV College Counseling Scholarships with January 2016 Deadlines
Who can apply: varies by scholarship
Amount of the award: varies
Information/Application: JLV College Counseling
Deadline: throughout January 2016

Gates Millennium Scholars
Who can apply: African American, American Indian, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American high school seniors with minimum 3.3 GPA
Amount of the award: full cost of college education! 
Information/Application: Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Deadline: January 13, 2016

Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional and Community Advancement
Who can apply: U.S. citizens of any ethnic background with at least a 3.4 unweighted GPA
Amount of the award: up to $2000
Information/Application: APCA Scholarship Program
Deadline: January 31, 2016

PG&E Employee Resource Groups Scholarships
Who can apply: varies by specific resource group
Amount of the award: up to $3,000
Information/Application: PG&E Scholarship Opportunities
Deadline: February 1, 2015

Northrup Grumman Engineering Scholars
Who can apply: high school seniors who are interested in studying engineering and meet GPA and test score requirements
Amount of the award: $10,000
Information/Application: Engineering Scholars Flyer
Deadline: February 3, 2016

PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship
Who can apply: high school seniors who live in a PG&E service area
Amount of the award: $20,000 per year
Information/Application: PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship
Deadline: February 9, 2015

The Dream.Us Scholars
Who can apply: high school seniors who are DACA eligible or approved
Amount of the award: up to $25,000
Information/Application: The Dream.US Scholars
Deadline: February 15, 2016

Chen Foundation Scholarship Program
Who can apply: high school seniors who are low income, planning to attend a CSU or CA community college, and have an unweighted GPA of at least 3.0
Amount of the award: $2,000 (renewable)
Information/Application: Chen Foundation
Deadline: February 29, 2016

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Who can apply: must be of Hispanic heritage and have a minimum 3.0 GPA
Amount of the award: $500- $5,000
Information/Application: HSF General College Scholarships
Deadline: March 30, 2016
Changing Education, Changing Lives

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