Scholarships/Financial Aid


Financial Aid
AB 540, Dream Act, and DACA


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.




Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer

  • Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status as of January 1, 2021, or a recent graduate (since spring 2016) 
  • Plan to enroll in a full-time baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2021 
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent) 
  • Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. 
  • No previous enrollment or attendance at a four-year institution. Students who have attended a four-year institution in the past are not eligible for this scholarship. 

APIA Scholarship Program

  • Live at or below the poverty level, or are otherwise of low socioeconomic status; 
  • Are the first in their families to attend college; 
  • Are representative of the APIA community’s diversity, (geographically and ethnically}, especially those ethnicities that have been underrepresented on college campuses due to limited access and opportunity; and 
  • Have placed a strong emphasis on community service and leadership as well as solid academic achievement. 

Architects Foundation Diversity  Advancement Scholarship

  • We’re looking for minority students whose imagination and design thinking will influence the future of the built environment and the architecture profession.  
  • Eligible students must be a US citizen 
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be: 
    • a high school student planning to enroll in a NAAB-accredited architecture degree program; 
    • a rising second-year college student in a NAAB-accredited architecture degree program; or, 
    • a technical school or community college student who has completed high school or its equivalent and intends to transfer to a NAAB-accredited architecture program. 

BMI Foundation Musician Scholarships

  • Students enrolled at a college or university located in the United States or Puerto Rico. 
  • A U.S. Citizen or valid visa or green card holder. Documents must be in hand by January 15, 2021. 
  • Between the ages of 17 and 24 years old as of January 22, 2021. 
  • Former winners (other than Honorable Mention) of this competition are not eligible. 

Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship

  • Applicant is a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (“D.C.”) who is at least 16 years of age and no older than 24 years of age 

AppZen STEM Scholarship for Racial Justice

  • Applicants must identify as Black or African American 
  • Applicants must be high school seniors, high school graduates or current postsecondary undergraduates, who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year.   
  • Applicants must be planning to pursue a major in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (including medical fields). 

eQuality Scholarship Collaborative

  • demonstrated service to the LGBT+ community. Applicants of all sexual orientations and gender identities are eligible. 
  • be a resident of or attend a community college in northern or central California but may study elsewhere; 
  • have graduated or expect to graduate from community college between 1 Jul 2016 and 30 Jun 2021; and 
  • plan to attend or began attending an accredited 4-year college or university for the first time in 2021. 

I Have a Dream 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 

Daughters of the Revolution, American Indian Scholarship

  • Applicants must be Native Americans (proof of American Indian blood is required by letter or proof papers) 
  • Must have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher 




Marcus Foster Scholarship

  • Graduated from an Oakland Unified School District public or charter high school in last 3 years. 
  • Completed the most recent FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application by the March 2nd priority deadline. 
  • Currently attend a four-year institution, two-year institution, non proprietary institutions, or trade/technical program with plans to continue in the Fall. 

Wings Over America Scholarship

  • Must be a dependent child or spouse of a US Navy personnel (officer and enlisted – active duty, retired, honorably discharged or deceased who served within Naval Air Forces).  Children are defined as: natural born, adopted or stepchildren, unmarried, up to the age of 22 on March 1st of applying year. 
  • Must plan to be, or are currently enrolled in a regionally accredited Trade/Technical School, College or University as a full time or part time student, taking a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester (12 per year) in order to graduate with an A.A., A.S., B.A. or B.S. degree or industry certification. 

Hispanic Community Affairs Council 

  • Of Hispanic heritage as defined by the U.S. Department of Education 
  • A resident of Alameda County 
  • Community college and university scholarship recipients must be taking in at least six units/credits 

BMI Student Composer Award

  • Currently studying music, either in an educational institution or privately 
  • Age of 27 or younger as of the submission deadline. 

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

  • Must be of Latino or Hispanic origin (as defined by U.S. Census Bureau) 
  • Must be of Hispanic heritage 
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for undergraduate students 
  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, in the US, for the 2020-2021 academic year 
  • US Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA) 

Society of Women Engineers Scholarship

  • Candidates who identify as a female/woman. 
  • Undergraduate/community college applicants must be planning to study in engineering, technology, or computing in the upcoming academic year.   

The Orion Fund Grants

  • California college students under the age of 30 confronted with a health crisis 

Scholarships for Military Children

  • Only students who possess a valid (not expired) U.S. Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card (DD Form 1173) and whose parent(s) are serving, or have served, in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard may apply for a scholarship. 
  • Applicants must be enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a full-time undergraduate program of study leading to a bachelor's degree at an accredited U.S. college or university in the fall term of 2020. Applicants attending a community or junior college must be enrolled in a program of study designed to allow them to transfer directly into a four-year program. 
  • College applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. 



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:

JLV College Counseling 

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



Paying for College Student Resource Guide


Other Helpful Websites:

Niche Scholarships

Career One Stop Health Field Scholarships

Education Corner



Minority Based Scholarships:

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

Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute

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)