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Financial aid” is a broad term used to refer to the different ways students can help pay for college.  Financial aid includes need-based grants, institutional money, loans, work study and scholarships.


A grant is money that does not need to be paid back.


A loan is money that needs to be paid back.  Some loans require that the student begin to pay back the amount loaned while still a student and others require the student to begin paying back the loan 6 months after graduation.


Work study refers to part time jobs on campus which helps pay for tuition.

Scholarships are awards given to students based on merit, including academic performance, special talents, and other specific criteria. Not all scholarships are based on financial need.  Click here for more information on scholarships. Each week new scholarships will be introduced to students through the Scholarship Drawer's Weekly List in the CCC, A106. Students look at the list each week, determine what they are eligible for and pull the appropriate scholarship from the drawer.

Financial Aid

 The following events are available during the 2009/2010 school year.

Cash For College,  Sat  Jan  23rd, 2010 10-2:00, San Rafael High School's Library and Library Classroom. Assistance with understanding financial aid, help with the online FAFSA application, chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. RSVP to MEF, 459-4240

Financial Aid Night,  Jan, 14th,  2010 7:00pm Library - assistance with understanding financial aid resources and the FAFSA. Bring your fin aid packets that you receive in class in December. If you do not receive a packet before twinter break,  visit the Counseling Office or the College and Career Center.

Marin Education Financial Aid Workshops during Advisory at SRHS on 1/27 and 2/10 to assist with filling out the FAFSA and MEF Scholarships. Sign-up in either Counseling or College and Career Ctr.

Financial Aid Tips



  •         Sept-May- check the weekly scholarship list which is located in the CCC scholarship drawer and will be given to the Senior Advisory Tutorial classes each week.
  •         Sept-Oct - check the financial aid and scholarship office areas of each website of the schools you plan to apply to to see what school and department specific scholarships are available.
  •         Sept-May - check financial aid websites for general information. (, ) and scholarship websites to research needed information and scholarships that you might be eligible for. (,, )


Meet all deadlines. Don't wait for your income information to come from your employer, estimate your income from the previous year in order to get the FAFSA in early/on time. You can give them the specific information later.

 Do not out rule a school because of the cost. Wait for the financial aid package to make a judgment.

 Financial aid packages are sometimes negotiable if they truly do not meet your financial needs.

 Dependency Status/Independent Status for the purposes of financial aid are clear and established by the Dept of Ed. A student is considered independent if they are any of the following at the start of the school yr. Revaluated each year that they apply.

1) Student is at least 23 yrs or older or married. 2) Student is working on a Masters or Doctorate degree 3) Active military duty or veteran 4) Have children of their own 5) At age 13 have both parents deceased or student was in foster care or was a dependent or ward of the court 6) Is an emancipated minor as determined by the court or the student's legal state. 7) Student is under legal guardianship as determined by a court of the student's legal state.

Private Financial Aid Consultants: There are individuals who can be hired to assist with securing financial aid but all of the information is available for free on line and at SRHS.  


Eligibility for Financial Aid

Need is determined by the federal government and is based on information students and parents provide on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form. This form may be obtained and ...more

Financial Aid Resources

Marin Education Fund: This non profit local agency maintains an extensive library of scholarship resources and information and has a financial aid advisor on staff.  The Marin Education Fund is located at 781 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 140, San Rafael, CA  94901   and can be reached at 415-459-4240 or


Internet Sources:  The internet can be a useful resource in understanding financial aid and finding scholarships:,,,,