Financial Aid & Scholarships

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.


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


Both students and parents need an FSA ID to submit a FAFSA. If you do not already have an FSA ID (a username and password) you can create one by visiting:

Click HERE for instructions on how to create your FSA ID

(The California Dream Act 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.

Other useful links
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!

Image of list of's Best Scholarship Search Platforms

THS Scholarships Calendar


To search for upcoming scholarship opportunities and deadlines, click HERE to visit the Naviance website. The Scholarship list is updated regularly by the THS Counseling Department.

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.