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Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Financial Aid comes in 4 forms:

Grants - This is free money.   

  • Grants may come in the form of money from the state of California (Cal Grant) and students who have a GPA of 3.0 or above will get more than students with a lower GPA. 
     
  • Grants can also come from the college you will attend. These grants are usually based on your successful completion of rigorous high school coursework.  They will be included in your financial aid package that is prepared for you once you submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).
Scholarships - This is free money. 

  • Scholarships can be need-based, merit-based, or given on the basis of a particular interest or background. 
     
  • For a list of scholarship sites and the BGHS Scholarship Bulletin, see Scholarships.
Work Study - This is free money, but it comes in the form of a job. 

  • This money will be included in your financial aid package that is prepared for you once you submit your Statement of Intent to Register. 
     
  • You will have a chance to choose a job once school starts in the Fall.
Loans - This is NOT free money. 

  • You will have to pay it back, but not until after you graduate from college. 
     
  • These loans are usually offered at a lower interest rate and can help offset the immediate cost of college. 
     
  • When accepting a loan, consider your career goal and the income the type of entry-level job would offer since you will need to start paying back the loan soon after graduation.

The following links will help you apply for financial aid and check on your grant status: