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Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions


10,000 Degrees Program Requirements

Does 10,000 degrees have a GPA requirement?

There is no GPA requirement to apply to 10,000 Degrees programs. 10,000 Degrees scholarships students, however, must maintain a 2.0 GPA.

Do students pay to get 10,000 degrees support?

Students are not required to pay any fees to receive 10,000 Degrees support.

How do I apply to 10,000 degrees student support?

Students should apply online at 10000degrees.org/apply

Does 10,000 degrees help undocumented students?

10,000 Degrees proudly provides individualized support to help undocumented students achieve their dreams of earning college degrees.

FAFSA, CA Dream Act & Government Financial Aid

What is FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is available through the U.S. Department of Education, the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, our more than 1,300 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $120 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school. Students must fill out the FAFSA form in order to apply for federal and state student assistance. Many colleges and universities, especially public institutions, also require the FAFSA.
Learn more: fafsa.ed.gov

What is the expected family contribution on the FAFSA?

The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a measure of a family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law. Each family’s taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) are all considered in the formula.

What is the California DREAM ACT?

The California Dream Act Application allows students enrolled in eligible California Colleges, Universities and Career Education Programs to apply for state financial aid. This application is unrelated to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Learn more: dream.csac.ca.gov

What is a Pell Grant?

Federal Pell Grants, unlike loans, do not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are typically awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree.
Learn more: studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/pell

What is FSEOG?

In order to receive a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), students must be eligible to receive a Pell Grant and have exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients with the lowest EFCs will be the first to get FSEOGs. Just like Pell Grants, FSEOGs don’t have to be paid back.
Learn more: studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/fseog

What is the Teach Grant?

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant) supports undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate students who are currently or will be taking coursework necessary to become elementary or secondary teachers. Students must be enrolled at a school that participates in the TEACH Grant Program, agree to meet specific requirements, and sign the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve.
Learn more: studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/teach

What is Federal Work-Study?

Federal Work-Study (FWS) provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the recipient’s course of study.

What is a Federal Perkins loan?

A Federal Perkins Loan is a low-interest (5%) loan for both undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional financial need. Federal Perkins Loans are made through a school’s financial aid office – each college or university is the lender, and the loan is made with government funds. Students must repay this loan to their college or university.

What are Direct Stafford Loans?

Direct Stafford Loans, from the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program, are low-interest loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education at a four-year college or university, community college, or trade, career, or technical school. Eligible students borrow directly from the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) at participating schools.

What are CAL Grants?

Cal Grants assists with tuition and fees at public and independent colleges, and some occupational and career colleges. At the University of California and the California State University, the award covers up to full system-wide fees. Coursework must be for at least two academic years.

What is the California Chafee Grant For Foster Youth?

Free money for foster youth for college or career training.

What is the BOG Waiver?

The Board of Governors Fee Waiver was created to provide access for California residents to Community Colleges so that the cost of enrollment would not be a barrier.

What is EOP?

The Educational Opportunity Program is designed to improve access and retention of historically low-income and educationally disadvantaged students.

What about loans?

Parents of dependent students may apply for private Direct PLUS Loans to help pay their child’s education expenses as long as certain eligibility requirements are met.

10,000 Degrees Scholarships

What is the difference between 10,000 Degrees scholarships and financial aid?

Does 10,000 Degrees help students with financial aid?

10,000 Degrees support staff work one-on-one and through school-wide initiatives with students and their families to secure the most available local, state, and federal funds available to them. In fact, by combining free financial aid, including grants and scholarships, 10,000 Degrees students take on 80% less loan debt than their peers nationally.

Does 10,000 Degrees award scholarships?

10,000 Degrees awards the 10,000 Degrees Undergraduate Scholarships, many of which are renewable up to six years. 10,000 Degrees also administers dozens of other undergraduate scholarships. Please visit 10000degrees.org/scholarships for more details.

Who is eligible for 10,000 Degrees scholarships?

The basic requirements for the 10,000 Degrees Undergraduate Scholarships are financial need and enrollment in pursuit of your first associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, teaching credential, or certification for a technical program. The enrollment minimum is 12 academic units. Also, most scholarships are restricted to Marin, Sonoma, Napa, and Lake Counties. Please read specific eligibility requirements for all scholarships.

How do I apply for the 10,000 Degrees Undergraduate Scholarships?

The application is available online each year on October 1st. All applications must be submitted online. Visit 10000degrees.org/scholarships.

What is the deadline for the 10,000 Degrees Undergraduate Scholarships?

Applications must be submitted each year by March 2nd. All supplemental materials must be uploaded to the online application or postmarked by March 2nd. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.

How much money can I receive?

Scholarship awards can be up to $2,500 per student per academic year. Individual amounts at or below that amount depend on specific scholarship guidelines, student financial need, and school attending or will attend.

How are scholarships awards determined?

Because overall funding is limited, all scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, including meeting eligibility requirements, financial need, and personal statements. Renewal applicants must demonstrate continued financial need and academic progress.

Which colleges and universities are eligible?

Eligible colleges and universities must be accredited through an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and participate in the Title IX federal student aid program.

Are part-time students eligible?

Students must be enrolled in at least 12 units per semester or term during the current academic year.

What if a student needs to drop a class or reduce enrollment?

If a student must drop below 12 units per semester or term, s/he must contact 10,000 Degrees immediately as it may affect eligibility in the future.

How, when, and where do students get their checks?

If awarded a scholarship from 10,000 Degrees, students must fill out and submit additional documents each year by October 15th. Fall awards (half of total award) will then be mailed to the student address on file and made payable directly to the student. To receive spring awards, students must submit their Fall grades and Spring schedules.

How are colleges notified of awarded scholarships?

IMPORTANT: It is the responsibility of the student to notify the school’s financial aid office when they have been awarded a 10,000 Degrees scholarship.

Can scholarships be renewed each year?

Many scholarships are renewable for up to four years or more. Please check with 10,000 Degrees to determine if a specific scholarship is renewable.

How do students renew their scholarships?

All students must reapply every year to scholarships that are renewable.