Scholarships/Financial Aid

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Financial Aid
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Scholarships are a great way to help fund your college education. Whether you are pursuing a degree, certificate, or are looking to transfer there are scholarships out there for you – you just need to apply. There are literally thousands of scholarships; the list of websites below can help you search for them. And the great thing about scholarships is they don’t need to be repaid! They are free money for you to use to pay for school.

If you visit the Transfer and Career Center, you can get assistance with filling out scholarship applications.




College of Marin Scholarship Application

  • You must be a current or future COM student

Point Community College Program

  • Must be enrolled or intending to enroll at an accredited community college in based in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, in the fall of 2020 
  • Must have 1-2 years of community college left AND (1) intending to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university for Fall 2021 or Fall 2022 OR (2) graduate with an associates degree in Fall 2022 
  • Must be “out” as a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community 

Senior Wisdom Scholarship

  • Citizen or a Permanent Resident of the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec) 
  • Enrolled and currently taking classes at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec) Scholarship

  • Any high school senior, undergraduate and graduate students 
  • Be enrolled in a U.S. college 

Wifle Scholarship Program

  • Physically attend and be a full-time student at an accredited four-year college or university; or be currently enrolled in a full-time in a fully accredited community college with the intention of transferring to a four-year degree; 
  • Have completed at least one full academic year of college work at an accredited college or university or community college; 
  • Major in Criminal Justice or related discipline such as social sciences, public administration, computer science, finance, linguistic arts, chemistry, physics, etc., leading to a four-year degree (Students in graduate and postgraduate programs are also eligible; students pursuing Associate degrees are not eligible, unless as stated above, fully articulate in the application their intention to transfer to a four-year program.); 
  • Have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point (GPA) average; 
  • Be a citizen of the United States. 

Jewish Family and Children’s Services Grants

  • Identify as Jewish and show meaningful involvement with the community 
  • You and your family are legal and permanent resident for a minimum of two years prior to submitting your application  in one of the following five counties we serve: Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, or Northern Santa Clara. 
  • Submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and can demonstrate financial need based on your family’s Effective Family Contribution (EFC) 
  • Currently in good academic standing, with a cumulative  3.0 GPA (weighted).minimum 
  • Have your parents or other qualified individual, who can guarantee your loan request complete a guarantor form. 

Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship

  • Must be of at least 25% Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity 
  • Must be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the U.S. 
  • Must be either a high school senior or a college student currently enrolled fulltime at an accredited U.S. vocational, junior college, or four-year college/university and must be a full- time, associate/bachelor/master degree seeking student by the upcoming academic calendar year and pursuing a major in the visual/performing arts (film, theatre, fashion, photography, graphic design, dance, music, journalism, mass communications, etc.) 
  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities 
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted)

Associated Students of College of Marin Service Award

  • Full time College of Marin student (currently enrolled in at least 12 units) 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 
  • Persevered as a student and provided outstanding service to his/her/their community

Associated Students of College of Marin Leadership Award

  • Full time College of Marin student (currently enrolled in at least 12 units) 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 
  • Persevered as a student and provided outstanding service to his/her/their community

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar Intern Program

  • Full-time enrollment in an accredited four-year university, or graduate/professional program in the United States or Puerto Rico during the 2019-20 academic year. 
  • Undergraduate students who will graduate before May 2021 are not eligible to apply 
  • Pursuit of academic degrees that will lead to careers as primary care health professionals. For purposes of this scholarship, primary care health professionals are defined as general practitioners, internists, family practitioners, OB/GYNs, pediatricians, dentists, public health professionals, mental health professionals, nurses (including advanced practice nurses, and nurse practitioners), physician assistants, and pharmacists. 
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA 
  • Demonstrated financial need 
  • Consistent, active participation in public and/or community service activities 
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization. 

Nordson BUILDS Scholarship Program

  • Individuals who are pursuing majors in manufacturing, engineering-related STEM disciplines, or business leading to a career in industry and corporate America. 

Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award Program

  • Student must be enrolled in a college/university at least 200 miles from their permanent home. 
  • Student must be in good academic standing as determined by his or her college/university. 
  • Student must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. 
  • Student must be 18 years old or older at time of application. 
  • Recipient must be a legal U.S. resident. 
  • All federal government regulations related to air travel and Transportation Security Administration rules must be adhered to, including, but not limited to, producing a valid government issued photo ID for air travel. 
  • Needed travel must be to/from Southwest Airlines domestic destinations.  
  • The student must identify direct or parental ties to a specific country to determine Hispanic origin on the application.  

Full Circle Scholarship

  • American Indian and Alaska Native college students seeking under- graduate and graduate degrees at tribal colleges, nonprofit, and accredited schools. 

Fifth Month Scholarship

  • Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application 
  • Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia 
  • Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2026) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education 



American Indian Services Scholarship

  • Enrolled or will enroll as a matriculated student in a university, college, junior college or technical school (incoming freshman accepted) 
  • At least One-Quarter (1/4) enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Native American Tribe. 
  • Undergraduate student with no more than 150 semester credits or 210 quarter credits. First bachelor’s degree only. Graduate studies NOT eligible. 
  • Full-time or part-time status – excluding non-credit courses (minimum of 6 credits). 
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 must be established and maintained after the first semester/quarter of college. 
  • Completed Federal Student Aid 

CA Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation

  • Be a full time student (undergraduate or graduate) in good academic standing at an accredited college or university, OR 
  • Be a graduating high school senior with written proof of acceptance at an accredited institution of higher learning. 
  • Be a California resident 
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 Scholarship 

  • Open to all 

Roshan Rahbari Scholarship Fund 

  • Current resident of California 
  • Current community college student transferring to a four-year college or university on a part-time or full-time basis 
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 
  • Demonstrated service to community or school 
  • Demonstrated financial need 
  • Character qualities such as integrity, compassion and generosity  

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship 

  • The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution. 

Google Student Veterans of America Scholarship

  • Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at a college or university 
  • Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student at a university in the United States for the following academic year 
  • Pursuing a Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field 
  • A current student veteran (includes members of the National Guard or Reserve) as proven by a DD-214 and transcript, or a student on Active Duty as proven by submission of Active Duty orders and a Memorandum of Understanding from your commanding officer indicating that you are currently in good standing with your unit and transcript 
  • Has received an honorable discharge, or is in good standing with his/her branch of service 

Paul Tunnell Career Climb Scholarship

  • Applicants must be actively employed in the long-term care industry at the time of application and award
  • Planning to continue working at a Skilled Nursing Facility, Assisted Living or in Long Term Care
  • Applicants must have one year of work experience in long-term care 

Career and Technical Scholarship Program

  • Have completed high school (or earned a high school equivalency credential) 
  • Will be enrolled in eligible program in Fall 2020 
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program (up to 2 years) at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States 
  • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA) 
  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity 
  • Be under the age of 30 
  • Be a United States citizen 

Manos de Esperanza Scholarship

  • Maintain a minimum of 2.8 GPA 
  • Demonstrate financial need (see Application) 
  • Be a full time enrolled student attending an accredited community college, four-year university or graduate/professional program. 
  • Demonstrate involvement in the community 

Momeni Foundation Scholarship

  • A graduating high school student or current college students of Iranian descent regardless of citizenship or country of residency. 

Do-Over Scholarship

  • Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application 
  • Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia 
  • Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2026) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education 




UC and CSU Scholarships:

Middle Class Scholarship provides undergraduate students with family incomes up to $150,000 a scholarship to attend University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) campuses.

UC's Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan makes it so that you will not have to pay UC’s systemwide tuition and fees if you are a California resident whose total family income is less than $80,000 a year and you qualify for financial aid.

To qualify for either of these scholarship, file your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application by the priority filing deadline of March 2nd.


General Scholarship Search Websites:

Transfer and Career Center favorites:

Peterson's Undergraduate School Scholarship Search

Peterson's Graduate School Scholarship Search - Financial Aid planning and scholarship search



Paying for College Student Resource Guide


Other Helpful Websites:

Niche Scholarships

Career One Stop Health Field Scholarships

Student Advisor Scholarships


Information, Tips & Tricks, and Resources:

Scholarship Search Secrets, Sixth Edition

Education Corner


Minority Based Scholarships:

Scholarships for Students without Social Security Numbers For Bay Area Immigrant Students.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Inst.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

Chicana/Latina Foundation

UNCF - United Negro College Fund

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

Asian Pacific Fund

American Indian College Fund

American Indian Science and Engineering Society


International and Study Abroad Scholarships:

International Scholarships

International College Scholarship Search

Diversity Abroad

Institute of International Education


Other Resources:

College of Marin Scholarships

Many scholarships are available for College of Marin students - incoming, continuing, and transfer.
Non-profit organization that provides preparation and resources for low income students to get to and through college. They offer scholarships, financial aid workshops, a resource library of scholarship/college information, and more. Scholarship Finder
A scholarship search site for those in the military and their families.

University of California Scholarships
Planning to transfer to a UC school? Each school offers individual scholarships. Check them all out.

CSU Scholarship Programs
Get an idea of what kinds of scholarships different CSU schools offer. Don't forget to visit the website of the CSU campus you want to attend, too!

Transfer Student Scholarship
By the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, community college students with a 3.5 GPA, demonstrated financial need, and are transfer bound are eligible to earn a scholarship worth $30,000 a year.

Financial Aid

Federal Student Aid provides more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, andwork-study every year to more than 15 million students. A student may apply for Federal Student Aid at any time by completing the FAFSA application, but transfer students should take care to apply by the March 2nd deadline every year for priority funding. Use the following links to get more information or to begin the application.
US Department of Education Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

California Dream Act Application

Financial Aid for qualified undocumented students

College of Marin Financial Aid Office
Information on federal and state financial aid along with a scholarship listing.

Federal Student Aid
Research all the different types of aid offered by the federal government.

California Student Aid Commission
Financial Aid information including Cal Grants, California Dream Act, UC and CSU grants, and more.

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) 
The U.S. Department of Education's (ED's) central database for student aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Direct Loan program, and other Department of ED programs. NSLDS Student Access provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and grants so that recipients of Title IV Aid can access and inquire about their Title IV loans and/or grant data.
WGS will allow you to manage your Cal Grant and/or Chafee account(s) online by letting you view updates, make school changes, make address changes, make corrections, and post leave of absence requests.

Net Price Calculators
Many students do not pay the advertised tuition and fees cost for their education. Use the net price calculators to get a good estimate of how much you will pay for your education.
California Community College website with financial aid information.

Loan Repayment Calculator 
Find out how much your student loan will cost you over the years.

AB 540, Dream Act, and DACA

College of Marin: California Dream Act information (PDF)

Fears about confidentiality and privacy

How to Support College-Bound Undocumented Students: Advice for Parents (PDF)

Life After College: A Guide for Undocumented Students (PDF)

University of California: Frequently Asked Questions from Undocumented Students (PDF)

Information on DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Educators for Fair Consideration

GRADD - Graduates Reaching a Dream Deferred

University of California resources for undocumented students

UC Berkeley AB 540 Information

UC Davis AB 540 Information

San Francisco State University AB 540 Information

Financial Aid Resources for AB 540 Students (English)

California Dream Act Application

DREAMer's Roadmap - A scholarship search app for undocumented students

UC DREAM Loan Program

Financial Aid Guide for Undocumented Students (PDF)

Scholarships That Don’t Require Citizenship (PDF)

New American Scholars Program

10,000 Degrees – Information for Undocumented Students

Quest Bridge - Scholarships

MALDEF - Scholarships

Financial Aid Resources for AB 540 Students (Spanish)

¿Cómo Apoyar a Los Estudiantes Indocumentados en su Camino a La Universidad?: Consejos para Los Padres

Ayuda Financiera del Estudiante

Guía de Asistencia Financiera para la Universidad y Colegios Comunitarios para: Estudiantes Inmigrantes Indocumentados AB 540 (PDF)