Other Sources of Aid
Americorps is the national service program that allows people of all ages and backgrounds to earn help paying for education in exchange for a year of service.
Cal Vet Educational Assistance
California offers a college fee waiver program to children and dependents of service-connected disabled or service-related deceased veterans. The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA) administers the program. There are three plans for eligibility — child, spouse, dependent. For details, please visit the California Dept. of Veterans Affairs Office.
State Aid for the Disabled
The State Department of Rehabilitation provides financial help for eligible disabled students. Assistance may include cost of fees, books, and transportation. For more information, visit the State Department of Rehabilitation
Higher Education Tax Benefits
The federal government provides a number of tax incentives that can help lower the cost of higher education. These incentives include:
- Tax credits directly reduce the amount of tax you pay.
- Tax deductions reduce the amount of your income that is taxed.
A comprehensive guide to understanding these credits is provided by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), and includes relevant IRS links.