Scholarships & Financial Aid

The thought of paying for a college education can be frightening, but it shouldn’t stop you from applying and going to college. Be sure your student picks up and completes The SLOHS Scholarship Application, always available in early December and due back in February…with over $100,000 in scholarship awards, this is SLO High’s best kept secret!! These scholarships are awarded ONLY to SLOHS Seniors.

A list of National, State, Regional and Local Scholarships can be found in FAMILY CONNECTION.   There are hundreds of scholarships available every year from ones for our SLOHS students only to regional (just our county) to national scholarships. FAMILY CONNECTION provides a current list of thee scholarships and a great way to search through them to meet your personal attributes and qualifications.  Go to Family Connection/Colleges TAB, scroll down to:  Scholarships & Money.

There are many other resources available to you in our community, one of the best is our Financial Aid Night. This informational evening is presented by a Financial Aid officer from Cuesta College and also includes a lengthy Q&A where you can get all your specific questions and concerns answered. The following websites hold an incredible amount of information and are an excellent place for you to start understanding the financial aid and scholarship process.

California Student Aid Commission – The California Student Aid Commission is committed to making education beyond high school financially accessible to all Californians. Whether you’re planning to go to college or get career training, there’s money available to help you pay for it. On this site you’ll learn about all student aid programs, their requirements and how to apply for them. This is the perfect place to begin your financial aid research.

The FAFSA – The Free Application for Federal Student Aid can be filed online and it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. Just visit:  Submission of the FAFSA is the first step in applying for any form of financial aide including; loans, grants, AND scholarships. The FAFSA can only be submitted after October 1st of the senior year, but the online PIN numbers can be applied for anytime!!!  Meeting the March 2nd deadline will ensure that your student recieves the most aide available.

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® is a financial aid application service of the College Board – a national, 100-year-old, not-for-profit membership association. Many of the member colleges and universities (such as Stanford & Northwestern) use the information collected on PROFILE to help them award nonfederal student aid funds. The deadline for filing this form is earlier than the FAFSA which means students should check carefully to determine whether the school(s) they are applying to require this form.

Cal Grant awards are state funded monetary grants given to students to help pay for college expenses. The awards do not have to be paid back. You apply for all Cal Grants by completing the FAFSA and having your school provide a GPA Verification to the California Student Aide Commission (CSAC). San Luis Obispo High School submits the GPA Verification electronically for any senior who makes this request prior to the March 2nd deadline. Selection is based on financial need, academic performance, and other factors. In addition to applying for a Cal Grant you must meet the March 2nd FAFSA deadline. For more information about the Cal Grant program visit:

FastWeb is the largest, most accurate, and most frequently updated scholarship database. This site will help you calculate college costs, create a financial plan for college and find and apply for scholarships.