College & Scholarship Resources

Financial Aid

  • The California Dream Act allows undocumented and nonresident documented students who meet certain provisions to apply for and receive private scholarships funded through public universities, state-administered financial aid, University grants, community college fee waivers, and Cal Grants. Students who live in California and meet the eligibility requirements of Assembly Bill (AB) 540 or AB 2000, as well as students who have a U Visa or TPS status, can use the California Dream Act application (CADAA). The California Dream Act Application can be found at www.caldreamact.org.

    *OPENS OCTOBER 1*  FAFSA: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students to determine their eligibility for student financial aid for college and career school. Applications must be submitted by March 2, 2019.

    All SUSD 12th graders can (and should) apply for financial aid! In order to qualify for aid, students must complete the California Dream Act Application or the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). For more information, contact your school counselor.

Scholarships & Grants

  • 2018-2019 SUSD Scholarship Catalog | SUSD Scholarship Application: A collection of scholarships offered by local (Stockton) individuals, service clubs and other organizations. To apply, use the SUSD Scholarship Application provided. Applications are due January 31, 2019.

    The California Promise Grant is specifically for students attending California Community Colleges (CCC). For eligible California residents, the California College Promise Grant permits your enrollment fees (currently $46 per unit) to be waived. Nearly half of the 2.1 million students enrolled at CCC campuses receive free tuition through this program.  

    The Chafee Grant is money you do not need to pay back. If you are or were in foster care for at least one day between the ages of 16 and 18 as a dependent or ward of the court and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 per year for college, technical, vocational, or trade school. The Chafee Grant Program is overseen through a partnership of the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). You can use your Chafee Grant at any eligible school in California or in other states. You may also use your grant to help pay for childcare, transportation, and rent while you are going to school.

    Financial Center Credit Union: Financial Center is accepting applications through April 26 for college grants. Click the link to read more.

    Gates Millenium Scholars Program: The Gates Millenium Scholars Program provides an opportunity for thousands of outstanding Pell Grant eligible students of color to reach their fullest potential.

    ICanAffordCollege.com: The “I Can Afford College” campaign is a statewide, financial aid awareness initiative sponsored by the California Community Colleges. The site will connect you with financial aid for community colleges in California.

    Job Redi Grant (previously the Cortopassi Family Foundation Vocational Scholarship Program): Receive $2,500 per semester, up to a maximum of $10,000. Scholarships may be used for all personal expenses while a full-time student in a two-year certificate program at a qualifying school. Spanish Poster.

    Rotary Club of Stockton Scholarships:


    San Joaquin Area Apprenticeship Coordinators Association
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     Find a union apprenticeship here! A union apprenticeship is an excellent career choice if you like to work with your hands and are willing to serve an apprenticeship for up to five years (depending on selected trade).

    University of the Pacific Community Involvement Program: The Community Involvement Program (CIP) is a comprehensive, need-based scholarship program for first-generation college students from the Stockton community who have demonstrated the potential for sustainable leadership, community awareness, and involvement.

  • Other Helpful Resources

    Collegeboard / The SAT Test: The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The College Board also offers an extensive list of scholarships, test prep, articles, college search tools and more. Schedule your SAT at Collegeboard.org. Fee waivers are available; talk with your school counselor.  

    The ACT Test: The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, Science. The ACT of writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 40-minute writing test. ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the US. Fee waivers are available; talk with your school counselor.

    Xello: An interactive tool to help students of all ages learn about themselves, matching careers and develops a plan to help them reach their goals.  This service is provided to all SUSD students currently enrolled in school from grades K-Adult.

    Scholarships.com: Search an extensive list of available scholarships.

    Questbridge: QuestBridge is a national nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California that connects the nation’s most exceptional, low-income youth with leading colleges and opportunities.

    BigFuture: The step-by-step guide to planning your future

    Peterson's: Find scholarships and the tools and tips you need to start your search. 

    Fast Web: Fast Web will connect you with scholarships, colleges, financial aid and more.