Financial aid is available to assist students and families in meeting the costs of a college education. If you need help paying for fees, books, and other expenses, you should apply for financial aid.
Financial aid funds are generated by the federal government and state government through the collection of taxes. The US Congress allocates federal aid and state aid is managed by the California Student Aid Commission.
Work Study is employment for students through financial aid. Students are paid for hours worked.
A Grant is a form of financial aid that does not need to be paid back. It is a gift.
Student Loans will need to be paid back with interest.
Scholarships are funds donated to students by corporations, individuals, employers, special interest groups, and many other sources. The criteria is set by the donor and based upon specific qualifications such as talents, ethnicity, heritage, gender, major, merit ... or whatever the donor specifies; often without regard to financial need. There are thousands of scholarships and fellowships available from several public and private sponsors which are awarded each year in the United States.