Financial Aid


Applying for and managing financial aid may feel confusing. Here is a simple toolkit of resources that explains types of financial aid, application platforms, and helpful calculators to help determine the true cost for college.


FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Apply for federal grants, loans, and work study money. You must have a social security number.

Dream Application: Apply here for financial aid if you 1) have no social security number, 2) were enrolled full time in high school in CA for at least 3 years, and 3) will be graduating from a CA high school.

CSS Profile Presentation: An interactive presentation on how to fill out the CSS Profile. This is a financial aid application required by some private universities or out of state schools. Check with your prospective university to see if this is needed.

CSAC: Log in after you have submitted the FAFSA to check Cal Grant award status, make a school change, or monitor and manage awards. You are automatically considered for Cal Grants by submitting the FAFSA.

Net Price Calculator Center: Search for and use the net price calculator for specific colleges and universities.

Big Future Financial Aid Tools: Read articles pertaining to calculating cost and aid, loan repayment, and comparing financial aid packages.

Fafsa 4 Caster: Forecast an estimated family contribution (EFC) by using this calculator on the fafsa website.

Scholarships 101

"What are 'Scholarships'?"

Scholarships are a way to reduce the costs of higher education. There are THOUSANDS available with various deadlines and award monies!

"How do I find the right one(s) for me?"

There are numerous scholarship search platforms! Below is a guide created by to help you between understand how scholarships are useful to you and how you can prepare to apply!

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THS Quarterly Scholarships Calendar


- Application Descriptions and Deadlines -
FALL 2017

Winter 2017/18

$330,000+ in scholarship monies!

FAFSA Overview


FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid):

Seniors can apply starting October 1, 2016 through March 2, 2017.
(Requires a Social Security number.)

Tustin Dollars for Scholars

Tustin Dollars for Scholars (TDFS) awards scholarships each year. The scholarship amount is for $1,250. One of the great things about these scholarships is each year, for 4 years, they are renewable - when TDFS receives registration information from the recipient and the recipient follows requirements, the scholarship recipient receives an additional $1,250 for a total of $5,000 during the winner’s college career.


  1. Applicant is attending high school within the Tustin Unified School District.
  2. Applicant is graduating this year and will be entering a college or vocational school in the fall.
  3. Applicant’s overall grade point average is 3.0 or better.
  4. Applicant has previous community service.
  5. Applicant has need of financial assistance.

Deadline for ApplicationsWed, February 28th

Click HERE to apply!

TPSF Scholarships

The Tustin Public Schools Foundation administers and awards a number of annual scholarships to support graduating TUSD seniors as they pursue their college dreams. Eligible students may apply HERE online.

Deadline for all annual scholarship applications is March 15, 2018.

TPSF 2018 Scholarship Ad