Tennyson High School

Financial Aid

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Seniors are strongly encouraged to apply for financial aid, regardless of where they are continuing their post high school education. 

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

FAFSA: The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the online form that both the Senior and parent must complete no later than March 2nd.  Students must complete the FAFSA to be eligible for all public financial aid (i.e., Cal Grants, Pell Grants, Perkins Loans, Stafford Loans, Federal Work Study). 

Federal PIN: Your PIN can be used each year to electronically apply for federal student aid and to access your Federal Student Aid records online.  If you receive your PIN, you agree not to share it with anyone.  Your PIN serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your personal records, so you should never give your PIN to anyone, including commercial services that offer to help you complete your FAFSA.  Be sure to keep your PIN in a safe place.

Cal Grants: In order to be eligible to receive a Cal Grant, students must submit the FAFSA as well as a verified Cal Grant GPA before the appropriate deadline.  If the students meet income, eligibility, and GPA requirements, they may be eligible to receive up to $12,000 a year to pay for college expenses at any qualifying California college, university, or career/technical school in California.  The money may be used for tuition, room and board, and supplies.

California Dream Act: The California Dream Act allows certain students to apply for and receive state financial aid at California public and private colleges and private scholarships administered by California public colleges.  California Dream Act Application information is not shared with federal databases.  Student and parent information is protected by the same privacy and information security laws and safeguards as all other state financial aid applicants. 

Scholarships: There are many community and national organizations that offer scholarships.  Scholarships are "free money" that have various requirements for eligibility.  Please see Ms. Parrish in the Library for information on local scholarships.  Below are links to national websites: