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It is important to remember college is NOT FREE! Financial Aid can help you afford college ... in fact, most full-time college students receive some type of financial aid. While financial aid may help reduce the cost of tutition and books, students and their families are expected to contribute as well. Scholarships can help ease the burden of the costs of college. There are literally thousands of scholarships available for anyone that is willing to take the time to research and apply for them. This webpage just scratches the surface of what is available to students. Be sure to check back to this page frequently, as the information and links are updated regularly throughout the school year.


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application (CADAA)

Who's My Parent When I Fill Out My FAFSA?
The 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application (CADAA) is expected to open sometime in December 2023. Your FAFSA or CADAA must be submitted by April 2, 2024 for Cal Grant consideration. 
When completing the FAFSA or CADAA, applicants no longer need to estimate income and tax information and will be able to retrieve data using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, beginning the first day the FAFSA or CADAA is available. By submitting the FAFSA or CADAA early students will have information about their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) earlier, helping them as they go through the college application and selection process.

Financial Aid Workshops

Buchanan High School will be hosting financial aid workshops on the following dates during the Spring 2024 semester:

Wednesday, January 31
Tuesday, February 20
Wednesday, March 20

Workshops will be in the Buchanan Library from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Buchanan High School students are also invited to attend financial aid workshops that will be offered at other high schools in Clovis Unified:

Monday, February 26 at Clovis High School Library (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
Monday, March 4 at Clovis North High School Library (6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 13 at Clovis High School Library (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
Monday, March 18 at Clovis West High School Library (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, March 19 at Clovis East High School Library (6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)

Clovis Community College is hosting several financial aid workshops via Zoom and in person:

Monday, January 22 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Zoom
Wednesday, February 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Zoom
Saturday, March 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Clovis Community College (AC1-Open Computer Lab)
Thursday, March 21 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Zoom
Tuesday, April 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Zoom

Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID Process

  1. Enter your login information.
    1. Provide your e-mail address, a unique username and password, and verify that you are at least 13 years old.  
  2. Enter your personal information.
    1. Provide your Social Security number, name, and date of birth. 
    2. Include your mailing address, telephone number, and language preference.
    3. For security purposes, provide answers to five challenge questions.
  3. Submit your FSA ID information.
    1. Agree to the terms and conditions. 
    2. Verify your email address. (This is optional, but helpful.) By verifying your e-mail address, you can use it as your username when logging into certain Federal Student Aid Websites.
NOTE: Remember do not share your FSA ID with anyone. The security of your FSA ID is important because it can be used to electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents, access your personal records, and make binding legal obligations.

Cal Grants

Cal Grant Awards are free money provided by the State of California to help pay for the cost of college.  If you have a graduating high school senior, who meets academic, financial and eligibility requirements, your child may qualify to receive a Cal Grant. 

Clovis Unified will electronically submit your Cal Grant GPA verification for every senior in the district to the California Student Aid Commission so they may be considered for a Cal Grant award, but you must submit your own FAFSA.
Parents, if you do NOT want Clovis Unified to submit your child's Cal Grant GPA verification, click HERE for a form to print and sign and return to Buchanan High School. 
To learn more, visit the California Student Aid Commission website.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

Thinking about attending an out of state college but worried about paying non-resident tuition? With the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), California residents are eligible for consideration for reduced tuition rate offered at more than 150 participating WUE institutions. To be considered for the WUE rate (150% of resident tuition), apply directly to the WUE institutions of your choice.


Free Aid: Grants are awarded based on financial need and do NOT need to be repaid. One of the largest grant programs is the Federal Pell Grant. Federal and state governments, colleges, and individual organizations also award grants. Scholarships do NOT need to be repaid and are awarded for many reasons: Academic, financial need, ethnicity, organizational membership, private organizations, etc.

Work Aid: Better known as Work-Study programs, Work Aid provides part-time jobs so students can earn funds to pay for their education. These are offered by federal and state governments as well as individual schools.

Loan Aid: Loans are used to cover a portion of the college expenses and may come from federal and private sources. There are many types of loans; Federal Perkins, Federal Stafford, Subsidized Stafford, Direct Unsubsidized, Direct PLUS Parent Loans and Private Loans. Please be sure you do plenty of research and are well-educated in the types of loans you are considering. 
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