Financial Aid Year 2009-2010
Award Description Category Offered Accepted Loan Details Select/Review Lender
Federal Pell Grant Grant 5,350.00 5,350.00
Federal Pell Grant 2 Grant 892.00 892.00
National SMART Grant 3 Grant 2,000.00 2,000.00
National SMART Grant 4 Grant 2,667.00 2,667.00
Cal Grant B Fees Grant 4,026.00 4,026.00
Cal Grant B Access Grant 1,551.00 1,551.00
State University Grant Grant 1,118.00 1,118.00
Stafford Subsidized Loan Loan 5,500.00 5,500.00
Stafford Unsubsidized Loan Loan 7,000.00 7,000.00 Loan Details Select/Review Lender
Aid Year Totals 30,104.00 30,104.00
I take out maximum loan...which isn't ideal.
Secret....? I dunno. I just file fafsa every year. I it also depends on where you live (cost of living) and the state that you are in, your income level, your parents income level, how many kids do you have, etc. Also I get extra grant (SMART grant) for being a science major, which I think is kind of unfair, but hey...I will take what I can get. Oh and to get Cal Grant (the state one) you have to keep up you GPA above 3.0 or something like that.
And I think it also depends on your degree program. Are you going for AS, BS, MS, doctoral, professional; Are you in private school, state school, community college, big university, small university etc; Are you full-time, part-time. So lots of variables.
I attend one of the CSUs for undergrad science program, by the way.
For example, before I transferred to four year university, I only received about 1000 per semester at a community college, which isn't enough. Now I receive about 5000 per quarter, which helps a lot more. But I also work part time by tutoring SAT. I also barter childcare by working at my kids' daycare, so I don't pay anything there, which is super lucky for me.