College Costs Info by College System

College pricing is varies widely based on where you apply, your grades and test scores, and your family's finances. It's a good idea for all seniors to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a California Dream Act Application (CADAA) in the fall, or by the March 2nd priority deadline. That FAFSA will consider parent income from the end of your sophomore year through the beginning of their junior year. 
The financial aid offices at the colleges you apply to will use the information on your FAFSA or CADAA to determine your eligibility for need-based aid. Merit aid and scholarships can also impact college pricing. Click the links below for more information on college pricing for college options popular with Humboldt students:
The UC Blue & Gold Program waives tuition for families with incomes under $80,000 (and consider only one parent's income if parents are divorces/separated). For some families, it can actually be cheaper to attend a UC than a California Community College out of Humboldt County. UC schools are the highest priced California public colleges for families who don't qualify for need-based aid. 
Looking beyond the "sweatshirt" schools that everyone's heard of might increase your chances of admission and merit aid! Look for schools where you like the vibe and the academic programs. Many of the most recognizable names only offer need based aid.
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