Scholarships and Financial Aid
Paying for College
Questions about Scholarships and Financial Aid?
- Contact Person: Betty Ayotte
- 2019 Local Scholarship Information (2020 Scholarship Applications will be released in January)
- 2019 Regional & SLO County Scholarships (Deadline dates vary)
- The Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County (Applications open on 12/2/2019 and close 02/02/2020)
- Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship due November 5, 2019
FAFSA & CAL GRANT GPA
Cal Grant awards are state funded monetary grants given to students to help pay for college expenses. The awards do not have to be paid back. You apply for all Cal Grants by completing the FAFSA and having your school provide a GPA Verification to the California Student Aide Commission (CSAC). Morro Bay High School submits the GPA Verification electronically for ALL seniors by the March 2nd deadline. Selection is based on financial need, academic performance, and other factors. In addition to applying for a Cal Grant you must meet the March 2nd FAFSA deadline.
In order to be considered for a Cal Grant, California public high schools and charter schools are required to submit a high school Grade Point Average (GPA) to the California Student Aid Commission by October 1, for all graduating seniors, unless the student or parent has opted out (California Education Code section 69432.9). Students who do not opt out will have their GPA submitted to the Commission to be considered for a Cal Grant award.
ARMY ROTC scholarships pay either full tuition and fees (in or out of state) or $10,000 per year in room and board costs. They also include $1,200 per year in books and a $420 per month stipend. More information can be found here: https://www.goarmy.com/rotc/high-school-students/four-year-scholarship.html
The following websites hold an incredible amount of information and are an excellent place for you to start understanding the financial aid and scholarship process.
California Scholarship Federation
The California Scholarship Federation (CSF) is a statewide non-monetary scholarship society founded in 1921 to recognize academic achievement. Membership is not automatic. All eligible students must apply during the enrollment period. The enrollment period is the first four weeks of each semester.The goal of every CSF member is to be designated a seal bearer/life member. A seal bearer can receive a gold seal on their diploma, and receive the official life membership pin. In order to earn this honor, a student must be eligible and apply for membership four out of the last six semesters. One of the last four semesters must be from the senior year (the grades from the 9th grade do not count).