Funding Your College Future

Cal Grant and the Middle Class Scholarship

Paying for college can be difficult, but California has always been a leader in providing eligible students with an affordable college education. The Cal Grant and the Middle Class Scholarship are two great state programs to help California families afford college:

Cal Grant, a need-based state financial aid program, has been a big part of making college affordable for many California families. Qualified students can receive up to $12,192 in funding to attend almost any college in California – awards vary depending on economic need, grades and the college you attend. During the 2015-16 school year, the California Student Aid Commission offered nearly billion dollars in Cal Grants and other financial aid to approximately 320,000 eligible students.

The Middle Class Scholarship Act is a newer program for students who do not qualify for Cal Grants but are still priced out of college. It offers sliding-scale discounts of up to 40 percent for families who earn $150,000 or less and don't qualify for Cal Grants, which support lower-income students. Students must have at least a "C" average.

Students apply just as they would for a federal loan or a Cal Grant, by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 2. They must also have a C average. Don't delay! The deadline to apply is March 2.

For more information and assistance with your application or to attend a Cash for College workshop, please CLICK HERE.

Learn How to Pay for College
Assemblymember Jose Medina invites you to attend one of the following important educational workshops in the 61st Assembly District.

Wednesday, February 1

4:30 p.m.
Ramona High School
7675 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504

6 p.m.
Alta Vista Public Charter
24021 Alessandro Boulevard, Suite 101 B
Moreno Valley, CA, 92553

Thursday, February 2

5 p.m.
Arlington High School
2951 Jackson Street
Riverside, CA, 92503

5:30 p.m.
Vista del Lago High School
15159 Lasselle Street
Moreno Valley, CA 92551

Tuesday, February 7

4:30 p.m.
Rancho Verde High School
17750 Lasselle Street
Moreno Valley, CA 92551

6 p.m.
Riverside Adult School
6735 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, CA 92506

Wednesday, February 8

5 p.m.
Alta Vista Public Charter
24021 Alessandro Boulevard, Suite 101 B
Moreno Valley, CA, 92553

Tuesday, February 21

5:30 p.m.
J.W. North High School
1550 Third Street
Riverside, CA, 925507

Thursday, February 23

5 p.m.
EOC Building
105 South F Street
Perris, CA, 92570

Friday, February 24

6 p.m.
Moreno Valley College
16130 Lasselle Street
Moreno Valley, CA, 92551

Saturday, February 25

9 a.m.
Moreno Valley College
16130 Lasselle Street
Moreno Valley, CA, 92551

9 a.m.
Rancho Verde High School
17750 Lasselle Street
Moreno Valley, CA 92551

9 a.m.
Riverside City College
4800 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, CA 92506

Tuesday, February 28

6 p.m.
Riverside Adult School
6735 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, CA 92506