Scholarships/Financial Aid


Scholarships

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.

 

FEBRUARY SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES

Hisanic Scholarship Fund - Feb 15th 
  • Must be of Hispanic heritage 

  • U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, or DACA 

  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for college students Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, public or not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, in the US, for the 2023-2024 academic year 

  • Submit the FAFSA or state-based financial aid forms (if applicable) 

American Association for Women in Community Colleges National Board Scholarship – Feb 17th 
  • $500 award 
  • open to women who are currently attending any community college in the United States. The scholarship is also available to women who are transferring to a 4-year institution and have attended any community college in the United States within the last 3 years 
  • Min GPA: 2.75 
  • Must have letter of recommendation 
Jeanette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund - Feb 17th  
  • provides unrestricted non-tuition funding and support to women and nonbinary students across the country 
  • A woman, age 35 or older 
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • A U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States. 
  • Pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate’s degree, or a first bachelor’s degree  at an accredited U.S. institution.
  • Recommendation letter required 
Lounge Lizard Web Design Scholarship - Feb 19th
  • must be a student at an accredited school within the United States, or be accepted to begin school at an accredited school within 6 months of application.
  • Submit a design or live URL. The web design can be from past or present  
  • Award= $1000 (one winner)
Sloane Stephens Doc & Glo Scholarship - Feb 20th
  • All high school seniors and current undergraduate students 
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher  
  • To apply, please share which quality you most value in yourself, and how you believe this characteristic will help you in life. 
Innovation in Education Scholarship - Feb 20th
  • Award= $500
  • Must currently be enrolled as a high school, college/university, or graduate student. 
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (or the equivalent). 
  • Must be a citizen of, permanent resident of, or hold a valid student visa in the United States or Canada. 
  • Must have designed an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others (This could be a website, series of blogs, an app, fundraising event, etc.) 
  • Must submit an essay describing the goal of the particular project and provide supporting documentation. There is no minimum or maximum word/page count. 
  • The essay, idea, or creation must be the applicant’s original work 
  • All submissions must be uploaded no later than 11:59 pm PST on the 20th of each month. 
PG&E ERG & ENG Scholarships - Feb 24th
  • Be a high school senior or graduate, have received GED certification or be an undergraduate or postsecondary undergraduate student. Veterans and adults returning to school are encouraged to apply. 
  • Have a primary residence that is a PG&E customer in California at the time of application. 
  • Plan to enroll full time in an accredited college or university in the Fall. 
Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship Program - Feb 24th

Purpose: to increase the number of appropriately trained nurses providing direct  patient care in a qualified facility in California. 

Eligible applicants may receive up to $8,000 in exchange for a 12-month service obligation practicing and providing direct patient care in an underserved community. 

  • applicants must be accepted or enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or undergraduate certificate program pursuing an eligible allied healthcare profession  
  • maintain a GPA of 2.0 or greater, until program completion.  
  •  They must start their training program by September 30, 2023, and be enrolled in a minimum of six semester units, or its equivalent, until program completion. 
The Orion Fund Grants - Feb 28th  
  • California college students under the age of 32 confronted with a health crisis 
Latinos in Technology Scholarship - Feb 28th

Award: up to $30,000

  • Must be of Latino or Hispanic origin
  • Have a declared major in and been accepted into a STEM program
  • Students with the following enrollment statuses are eligible to apply:
    • Current college students entering their junior or senior year at a 4-year undergraduate college or university in the upcoming academic school year and planning to enroll on a full-time or part-time basis. Preference will be given to full-time and rising junior students.
    • Current community college students transferring to a 4-year undergraduate college or university in the upcoming academic school year and planning to enroll on a full-time or part-time basis. Preference will be given to full-time students and students with sufficient course credits to be classified as a rising junior (60 semester units or 90 quarter units).
    • Graduate of a high school in the following Northern California counties: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, Napa County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, Solano County, Sonoma County and Yolo County;
    • OR, a Graduate of a high school not in the above counties, but enrolled at a college/university within the 11 listed counties.
  • Minimum cumulative college grade point average of 3.0
  • Demonstrated financial need

 

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 

CaliforniaColleges.edu - Financial Aid planning and scholarship search

BigFuture

Paying for College Student Resource Guide

 

Minority Based Scholarships:

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

Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute 

Maldef.org

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

www.latina-leadership-network.org

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.

10000degrees.org
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.

Military.com 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.

fafsa.ed.gov
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.

WebGrants4Students.org
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.

icanaffordcollege.com
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)