Counseling » Scholarships and (FAFSA) Financial Aid (Updated 8/21/24)

Scholarships and (FAFSA) Financial Aid (Updated 8/21/24)

Local Scholarships
Students interested in local scholarships should complete the Scholarship Profile Packet. 
This packet is for local scholarships from organizations from around the San Jacinto Valley and SHOULD BE TURNED IN NO LATER THAN JANUARY 12, 2024!!!!  Students can check for Scholarships on the Senior Class of 2024 Google classroom (code:igu6h4f).  Parents/Guardians interested in being added to the 2024 Google classroom email Mr. Pressley at  [email protected]
National Scholarships
Students interested in national scholarships should explore: 
  4. Updated Scholarship Opportunities
There are QR codes in the counseling office for these websites.

FAFSA/California Dream Act Information

Good Day,

The School Counseling team visits your student’s English class to present information on post-secondary options after high school . They also present information about financial aid and a worksheet that needs to be completed for our College Kickoff event in October. This worksheet will allow students the opportunity to fill out and submit their FAFSA/California Dream Act application in October with the support of the school counseling team. Please note when filing a FAFSA/Ca Dream Act application, students and parents will need to use tax information from their previous tax year. We encourage all students to complete a financial aid application regardless of their post-secondary plan.

The presentation and worksheet are available for viewing on our WVHS Counseling Website.


FAFSA/California Dream Act Information


Buenas Tardes 


El equipo de consejería escolar visita la clase de inglés de su estudiante para presentar información sobre opciones postsecundarias después de la escuela secundaria. También presentan información sobre ayuda financiera y una hoja de trabajo que debe completarse para nuestro evento College Kickoff en octubre. Esta hoja de trabajo permitirá a los estudiantes la oportunidad de completar y enviar su solicitud FAFSA/California Dream Act en octubre con el apoyo del equipo de orientación escolar. Tenga en cuenta que al presentar una solicitud FAFSA/Ca Dream Act, los estudiantes y los padres deberán usar la información fiscal de su año fiscal anterior. Alentamos a todos los estudiantes a completar una solicitud de ayuda financiera independientemente de su plan postsecundario.

La presentación y la hoja de trabajo están disponibles para ver en nuestro sitio web de consejería de WVHS.

  • What is the FAFSA?  The FAFSA will be your single most important resource for financial aid to continue your education.  Almost all colleges, universities and other post-secondary education institutions require that you complete the FAFSA in order to offer you financial help.  You will fill it out each year you are attending post-secondary education.
  • When should I apply?  The FAFSA will be available earlier (October 1 of the previous year instead of January 1 of the upcoming school year).  The FAFSA will collect income information from an earlier tax year. Here’s a table with a summary of the changes. You’ll find details below the table. 
  • When a Student Is Attending College (School Year)

    When a Student Can Submit a FAFSA

    Which Year’s Income Information Is Required

     July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021


     October 1 2019 –June 30, 2020





  • Who can apply for FAFSA?  Any graduating senior entering a post-secondary educational program in the advancing Fall and/or Spring semesters after completion of the senior year in high school who is a US Citizen or eligible non-citizen (you must have an alien registration number, I94 or green card).
  • How does it work?  Once you complete the form on-line and submit it for review, the Federal government will determine how much aid they will provide based on your (if you worked) and your parents' or guardians' income.
  • How much $ money will I get?  The amount of $$ award depends on familys income, cost of attendance, etc.
  • What types of aid will I get?  Federal financial aid is generally offered in the following forms: 
    • Grants-Money that you do not have to pay back, including the Pell grant that can be up to $5500 per year.
    • Work Study-Job opportunities on campus in which you will receive a paycheck that is funded by the government.
    • Student Loans-Various student loans, money that you do have to pay back.  There are different types of loans, please research the type of loan being offered and re-payment terms before you accept loan.
  • How will I know what I receive?  After you submit your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) which is a confirmation of the information that you submitted.  You will also receive an offer of financial aid from the schools that you have been accepted to.  You should review the Financial Aid offers thoroughly before you make your decision.
  • What if I do not live with my parents?  your parents information is required until you are 23 years old (there are a few exceptions), see your counselor if you have questions.
What are Cal Grants?  Cal Grant is a financial aid program administrated by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) providing aid to California undergraduates, vocational training students, and those in teacher certification programs. Cal Grants are the largest source of California state funded student financial aid. The following will take you to the California Student Aid Commission.
CSAC general information: