Welcome to Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • hide DON'T MISS THE MARCH 2nd PRIORITY DEADLINE FOR FAFSA. Dreamers who don't complete their application by March 2nd will forfeit their Cal Grant.  

    Affordability is critical when considering college or post-secondary options. This website will provide you with the information, resources, and application links to financial aid planning tools for educational costs. 

    • A single application: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a one-stop shop for most financial aid, including federal, state, institutional aid and loan programs.
      • You can enter up to 10 colleges.
      • You can list schools in any order
    • Scholarships help students lower their out-of-pocket costs of attending college.
      • Scholarships often times require a separate application and other required materials such as essay, transcript, test scores, and/or letters of recommendation.  You will see a list of popular FREE online search sites. 
      • Remember that every dollar acquired through scholarships is one less dollar you need from loans.
      • Beware of scams. No site should ever charge you or ask for credit card information.
    • Q & A for undocumented students Q & A


  • A state wide initiative to increase FAFSA and CA Dream Act submissions. The Salinas Union HS District is embarking on this challenge. Click the link below to see how your school is doing with applications.

    race to submit


  • FAFSA Help line: 1800-4Fed-Aid



  •   Money Mondays 

    Free lab assistance completing the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application   

    Hartnell College Financial Aid professionals will be available to answer general and specific questions about completing the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application.

    • Cash for College Events: Free Workshop for completing FAFSA & CA Dream Act