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Pre-Collegiate Academy

In 1991, the East Bay Consortium, in collaboration with the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and Merritt College, instituted the Pre-Collegiate Academy (PCA), a program specifically designed for students in Oakland middle and secondary schools. The PCA was established to remedy the growing number of students from low socio-economic backgrounds who were not qualifying for [...]

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Federal Aid Programs

Some aid programs, such as Federal Pell Grants, are offered directly to students by the federal government. Others are administered by the schools and colleges (Federal SEOG, Federal College Work-Study, and Federal Perkins Loans). To receive federal financial aid, students must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen enrolled in an eligible program at a [...]

Who Qualifies?

General federal financial aid eligibility requirements are: Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen Non-U.S. Citizens, generally, if you have a “green card” (in other words, if you are a permanent resident alien), you will be considered an “eligible noncitizen” and will be able to get federal student aid. Have financial need Enrolled in an [...]