Types of Financial Aid

The following are types of financial aid you might be able to use to help pay for college and related expenses.


Promise Programs

Promise Programs

Promise programs offer first-time, full-time students one year of tuition-free education at our colleges. Learn more about the Los Rios Promise, Rancho Cordova Promise, and West Sacramento Promise.

Promise Programs

Grants

Grants

Grants are a great type of financial aid because you don’t typically have to pay them back. Grants come from either the federal or state government.

Grants

Federal Direct Loans

Federal Direct Loans

A direct loan is money you borrow from the federal government that you have to pay back with interest. We encourage students to apply for grants and scholarships before taking out a student loan.

Direct Loans

Private Loans

Private Loans

A private loan is money you borrow from a private lender that you have to pay back with interest. We encourage students to apply for grants and scholarships before taking out a student loan.

Private Loans

Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study

The federal work-study (FWS) program provides jobs to students to help them pay for their educational expenses. You will be notified via eServices if you are eligible for FWS.

Work-Study

Scholarships

Scholarships

A scholarship is money given to you to help pay for your education or related expenses. Scholarships come from a variety of sources, such as your college or a private organization.

Scholarships