College Financial Aid

Normally, colleges will award accepted students a financial aid package which consists of scholarships, grants, loans, and/or work study.  Most schools will require students to file a FAFSA before they determine the financial aid package.


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a free federal government form that helps determine your expected family contribution (EFC). The EFC is how much your family can contribute to your education based on your family‚Äôs income, assets and tax return (questions will refer to lines from 1040 and 1040A).  The FAFSA will be available October 1st of your senior year and must be submitted along with the GPA Verification Form by March 2nd for California residents (Cal Grant). 

     FAFSA website                                      


Scholarships and Grants do not need to be repaid. These are either from the college or university or from outside sources.  Scholarships can be based on merit or on financial need.  Most schools offer some form of scholarships for GPA and/or SAT I/ACT scores.  Please ask the college or university for more information on their scholarship and grant options.

Click here: WCHS Scholarships 9.20.21 for a list of current scholarships 

     FastWeb Scholarship website        

     Free Scholarships      


Loans are usually offered from the government. Some have a fixed interest rate and others the government pays the interest while you are in college.  These loans are usually based on financial need. The college or university you were accepted to has all the information you need on loan opportunities.                                   

     Nellie Mae                                            

     Sallie Mae                                             

     U.S. Department of Education