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    Financing Your Postsecondary Plans

    L.A. Unified prepares its graduates for 21st century college and careers with the skills and knowledge to transition straight into a California 2 or 4-year college or a career. We are also prepared to support students and families with resources for financial awareness and planning. With the right preparation, all our graduates can make their college aspirations into reality.

    Financial aid helps students and families pay for college. It may be in the form of:

    Grants: Aid from the state or federal government that does not have to be repaid (unless, for example, you withdraw from school).

    Scholarships: Aid from a university or private organization that does not have to be repaid.

    Work-Study: A federal program that allows students to work a part-time job (on-campus or off-campus) to earn money for college. 

    Loans: Borrowed money that must be repaid. Student loans have low interest rates and are paid back beginning 6 months after college graduation.  Parent loans, with slightly higher interest rates, must be paid while students are in school.




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