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Yes, You Can Afford to Go to College!

Some students never realize their college dreams because paying for college tuition seems impossible. The reality is that there are several financial resources available to help students.


Financial aid is monetary assistance that helps you pay for college. There are four basic types of financial aid that come from the state and federal governments as well as private sources.

Grants: Both state and federal grants are awarded to eligible students. This type of financial aid does not have to be repaid.

Loans: Loans can be applied for from several federally sponsored loan programs. These are usually repaid after a student has graduated from college.

Scholarships: Any student can apply for individual scholarships. Like grants, these do not have to be repaid.

Student Employment: Students may qualify for work-study programs where they can work in certain on- or off-campus jobs to help pay for school.


Students can apply for grants, loans and work-study by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is available at your local high school or college or online.

Students from California should also fill out the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form to be considered for state aid. This form should be available at the student's school or online.

Many private colleges are also asking for a CSS/Financial Aid Profile Form.


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Careers and Colleges.com
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Gates Millennium Scholars
Go College
Golden State Minority Foundation
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Latino College Dollars
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
MSN Money
National Association of College Admission Counseling
Scholarship Resource Network Express
United Negro College Fund

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Welcome to Puente!

The Puente Project is an academic preparation program that for more than 25 years has improved the college-going rate of tens of thousands of California's educationally disadvantaged students. Its mission is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who:

  • Enroll in four-year colleges and universities
  • Earn college degrees
  • Return to the community as mentors and leaders of future generations


 Welcome Puentistas to your web page! As a Puentista, you've already taken the right step towards your future as a successful college student and career professional.

We know you want to go to a four-year college; the Puente Project will give you the academic preparation, social environment and resource tools needed to get you there.

Let's get started.


Puente High School Students

Planning to go to college starts in high school. As a Puentista, you know that you have big plans for your future. Going to college will take dedication and work. Your Puente counselor and English teacher will help you get there. Get to know them and don't be afraid to ask questions, such as:

  • Am I taking the right courses?
  • How important are my grades?
  • Why are clubs and community involvement part of my preparation for college? How do I get involved?
  • What is the SAT and SAT Subject tests and how do I prepare for these tests? When should I take these tests?
  • I'm not rich, how can I pay for college?
  • How do I know which college is right for me?

We've added some useful links below to a large amount of information available to you on the web: from helping you plan your courses to finding out about how to pay for college. ¡Sí se puede!

Check them out.

Puente Survey for 9th Graders ONLY.

Resources for Puente High School Students:

College Entrance Exams

http://www.actstudent.org/ ACT registration, scores, test dates and more
http://www.collegeboard.com/splash/ SAT registration, scores, test prep and more

College Admissions

Prepare for College

http://www.makingitcount.com How to succeed in college
http://mappingyourfuture.org/ Mapping your future
http://www.bls.gov/oco/home.htm Gives overview of hundreds of careers and describes job duties, education requirements and earnings

Choose a College

http://www.ecampustours.com/ Virtual tours of colleges
https://myroad.collegeboard.com College and career planning
Ranking of America's best colleges
http://www.collegenet.com/elect/app/app Guide to colleges, universities, financial aid

Apply to a College

https://www.commonapp.org Information for Private Univ. admissions
http://www.csumentor.edu/ Information for CSU admissions
http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/ Information for UC admissions

Financial Aid, Scholarships, AB540 Resources

State Specific

http://www.aiccu.edu/ Independent colleges and universities
http://www.assist.org/ Information on transferring college credits
http://www.californiacolleges.edu/ Information on public and private schools
http://www.calstate.edu/ California State University
http://www.cccco.edu/ California community colleges
http://www.csac.ca.gov/ Financial aid
http://www.csumentor.edu/ Choose the CSU campus for you
http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/ University of California

Share your Success!

Share your successes with us and with the rest of the Puente familiaSubmit your special award, Puente event, or achievement.

Please submit samples of your writing or poetry.


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Puente Family & Community

 In addition to financial support provided by the University of California and the California Community Colleges, the Puente Project depends on the support and assistance of many others, including individuals, corporate and foundation donors, community-based organizations, and partners in the educational, business and philanthropic communities. Private funding has made possible the development of enhanced student leadership opportunities for both high school and community college students, including the annual Ninth Grade Student Leadership Conferences and Community College Transfer Motivational Conferences.

Puente welcomes the involvement of parents, families, alumni, mentors and others interested in helping Puente accomplish its mission. Please visit the categories listed to the left to learn more.