Why is Financial Aid important?
Receiving financial assistance to pay for enrollment fees, textbooks, class supplies, and even housing and transportation costs can often make the difference between a student being able to attend college or not. Sometimes it can mean the difference between taking one class or several classes if fees can be waived or paid for through grants or loans. Either way, financial assistance can help relieve burdens that might otherwise prevent a student from being successful academically.
Financial aid comes in many different forms including grants such as the Federal Pell Grant and the California state Cal Grant neither of which need to be paid back. Other forms of financial aid include loans, scholarships and federal work study for which a student earns money by working at a job located on campus.