Where do I begin in registering for for college?
Interview with East LA College Outreach Office
How do I find out about financial aid to help pay for college?
Interview with Pierce College Financial Aid Office
What is the Los Angeles College Promise and how do I get FREE college?
Los Angeles Community College District
Dream Act – How do I access college and financial aid if I am not a citizen?
LACCD has Dream Resource Centers to assist DACA Students and Non-citizens
Visit the one on your local campus or LA Valley College
Not sure where to begin?
Here are some resources that might give you a place to start on your journey to higher education
What is your WHY? Student Story and Video
Understanding types of college degrees
Step-by-Step for new community college students. Handout Version
Not sure what you want to do? Try the ElimiMAJOR worksheet or explore a degrees & certificates
Your gateway to the California Community Colleges. Each year 2.1 million students from all over the world build their career skills, prepare for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, or simply enrich their lives through learning.
For Los Angeles Community College District Schools CLICK HERE
Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school.
The California Dream Act Application allows students interested in attending eligible California Colleges, Universities and Career Education Programs to apply for state financial aid.
Starting October 1 through June 30, students and families can attend FREE Cash for College workshops across California for help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act (CADAA) and Chafee Grant for Foster Youth applications. Our mission is to help low-income and first generation college-goers complete the application process so they can access financial aid for education and career/technical training beyond high school. cash4college.csac.ca.gov/
The “I Can Afford College” campaign is a statewide, financial aid awareness initiative sponsored by the California Community Colleges. Our goal at “I Can Afford College” is simple. We want to let students and parents know that:
The financial aid office at Pierce College has a wealth of resources available to help students with understanding and applying for financial aid. All community colleges have a financial aid office that can help you. Find your local office by using the links at the bottom of the page.
You can view Pierce college resources at this link:
The Program Pathways Mapper allows you to explore a set of program maps that show a semester-by-semester path from program entry to completion. You will also find videos and learning outcomes that will deepen your understanding of each program and pathway.
You will find information on occupations and career commonly associated with each program, including typical wages and the labor market demand for California.
Financial aid is made available by federal, state, and private sources in the form of grants, scholarships, employment, and loans. Financial aid makes it possible for students to continue their education beyond high school, even if they and/or family cannot meet the full cost of college.
If you are a US Citizen or eligible non-citizen (permanent resident), you will complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are NOT a US Citizen or eligible non-citizen, you will need to compete the CA Dream Act application (see link in section above).
Once you have submitted your FAFSA, you will receive your results (known as Student Aid Report) from the Federal Processor. You will then receive a communication via email to provide you with next steps. Please note, your communication will come to your assigned college email account.
Once all the required documentation has been submitted and uploaded, your college financial aid office will conduct a thorough review of your file for discrepancies. Your financial aid package will be posted to your student portal. Financial Aid Refunds will occur during the first week of fall semester.
If you live in another area or planning on moving soon, you can use the California Community College finder which lists schools throughout the state.