Types of Financial Aid
The following are types of financial aid you might be able to use to help pay for college and related expenses.
Los Rios Promise Program
Promise programs offer first-time, full-time students one year of tuition-free education at our colleges. Learn more about the Los Rios Promise, Rancho Cordova Promise, and West Sacramento Promise.
Grants are a great type of financial aid because you don’t typically have to pay them back. Grants come from either the federal or state government.
Federal Direct Loans
A direct loan is money you borrow from the federal government that you have to pay back with interest. We encourage students to apply for grants and scholarships before taking out a student loan.
A private loan is money you borrow from a private lender that you have to pay back with interest. We encourage students to apply for grants and scholarships before taking out a student loan.
A scholarship is money given to you to help pay for your education or related expenses. Scholarships come from a variety of sources, such as your college or a private organization.