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Financial Aid Resources

Hello senior families!  In lieu of our February 10th Financial Aid Workshop, the DV Counselors would like to disseminate resources to help families complete the financial aid process. Below you will find a recording of a previous Financial Aid Workshop as well as resources to support you in the financial aid process.

FAFSA Workshop: Recorded on October 7, 2020

Federal Student Aid_ At a Glance

Complete the FAFSA Form

Create an FSA ID

CA Dream Act Application

CSS Profile and CSS Participating Institutions

Scholarships that do not require citizenship information

Please reach out to your respective counselor if you need additional support.  We are here to help!

-The DV Counseling Teams

L.A. Film School Virtual Tour

Hello Students!

The Los Angeles Film School is bringing their All-Access Studio Tour to you! Experience their virtual, 360-degree campus tour and get a sneak peek at their Hollywood studios. You’ll get a chance to meet with Program Directors and Admissions Representatives while getting a better idea of what their school can offer you. Their Financial Aid team will be standing by to help answer any tuition questions you have along the way. Did you know L.A.Film School is more than just a film school? In addition to their top-ranking Film Program, they offer degrees in Animation, Entertainment Business, Music and Audio!

The tour will be hosted on Saturday January 23, 2021 at 10:30AM. RSVP here!

El Camino College Free 5-Week Winter Courses for High School Students

Hello DVD Students and Families!

El Camino is offering high school students dual-enrollment classes to take this winter and spring! The Winter 2021 registration appointments begin Thursday, November 19, 2020, for dual enrolled students. The winter term is 5 weeks, January 4–February 4, 2021. (Note: dual enrolled students are limited to 1 course during the winter term).

This is a great opportunity for students to strengthen their skills, explore college readiness, or want to get a head start on their UC or CSU general education requirements. El Camino is offering online help and events for students who are interested in dual-enrollment with no registration necessary.

If you need any help enrolling, El Camino dual-enrollment staff are offering drop-in assistance every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:00-5:00PM via Zoom. 

Here are links to help assist students in browsing for classes and assistance when applying:


West LA Free College Classes for High School Students

Hello DVD Families!

West Los Angeles College is offering FREE 5-week college classes for high school students! The Winter 2021 semester begins January 4, 2020. These classes are for students who want to strengthen their skills in English, Math, and Science, explore college and career readiness or get a head start on their UC or CSU general education requirements.

Check out the WLAC HS Winter 2021 Flyer for a list of over 50 sections available this Winter term! Below is just a small snapshot of classes students can enroll in.

Students must have an active LACCD ID# and a processed K-12 Form in order to enroll. West LA College is hosting info sessions, application, and enrollment workshops to help students through this process!

  • Info Sessions – Mondays 3:30-4:30pm. Students can sign up here.
  • Application Workshops/Digital K-12 Form Support – Tuesdays 3:30-5:00pm. Students can sign-up here.
  • Enrollment Workshops – Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm. Students can sign-up here.

For more information and a full list of available classes please visit this link.

UC Santa Cruz Virtual Open House

Hello DVD Families,

UC Santa Cruz will be hosting a virtual open house on Saturday, November 7! To register please click here. 

Agenda (all times are Pacific Time)
Note: Q&A available with Undergraduate Admissions Representatives from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
8:00-8:30 a.m. – Welcome from Director of Undergraduate Admissions Blia Yang
9:00-10:00 a.m.Designing Video Games in UCSC’s Game Design Programs(+ )
10:30-11:30 a.m.Creating Communities through Reading, Remembering and Re-imagining (+ )
12:00-1:00 p.m.Student Life Panel (+ )
1:30-2:30 p.m.On the Margins: Monsters and Microcosmic Worlds in the Arts(+ )
3:00-4:00 p.m.Students in Research and Bonding Across Boundaries (+ )

FAFSA Workshop Tomorrow 11/5

Hi Da Vinci Families,

Just a friendly reminder that there will be another FAFSA workshop tomorrow November 5 from 4:30PM-6:00PM. This workshop contains the same information as the previous one hosted last month, but please feel free to attend if you need clarification or a refresher. In this workshop, we will provide a step-by-step explanation of the federal student financial aid process along with grants, federal loans and scholarships.

There will be one more FAFSA workshop on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from 4:30-6:00PM.

Here are some important reminders and resources:

• The FAFSA opened on October 1st and is due March 2nd for CSUs, UCs, and California Community Colleges. The FAFSA deadlines for private and out-of-state universities vary. Please check their respective websites for financial aid deadlines We encourage you to apply early!

• To complete and sign a FAFSA electronically, both the student and the parent need an FSA ID.

• If you are applying to a private college, you many need to complete the FAFSA and the CSS Profile. The CSS Profile is used to assess the student for institutional aid, which may include merit-based aid. Here is a list of colleges that requires the CSS Profile.

• If you are an undocumented student, you may be eligible for the state aid and institutional aid. Please complete the DREAM Act Application to apply for these funds. Please connect with your counselor if you need support with this process.

• If you are or were a foster youth, you may qualify for the CHAFEE Grant. Please connect with your counselor if you need support with this process.

As always, please reach out to your respective counselor if you have any questions.

Have a great rest of the week!

CSU Dominguez Hills Admissions Presentations and Application Workshops

Hello DVD Parents and Students!

This fall California State University, Dominguez Hills is offering admissions presentations daily to students and parents that will explain the opportunities that CSUDH has to offer. These presentations will cover:

  • CSUDH Update Admissions Requirements
  • CSUDH Best Practices When Applying (aka How to Get Admitted)
  • Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • CSUDH Student Support Services, Clubs, & Organizations

These meetings take place at 3:00PM daily. To view the available dates and to register for the presentations click here. 

Cal State Apply Application Workshops: CSUDH Office of Outreach & School Relations will also be hosting virtual Cal State Apply Application workshops. Whether you have a few questions or you need step by step guidance CSUDH will be going through the application process. The upcoming dates are November 2, 9, 16. 

To register click here.

NASSP Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Hi DVD Parents and Students,

Here is a scholarship opportunity for students!

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors middle level and high school students for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.Top honorees earn cash awards and an invitation to the programs national recognition events. Qualifying honorees also receive President’s Volunteer Service Awards.

Now through November 10, 2020, students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have volunteered within the past year.

Applications can be certified by a middle or high school principal or head of a Girl Scout council, county 4-H organization, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA, or Points of Light Global Network member.

Important Dates: 

  • November 10, 2020 – Application deadline
  • November 20, 2020 – Certification deadline
  • February 9, 2021: Announcement of state-level judging results
  • May 2021: National recognition events

For eligibility and other important information about the program click here!

To apply for the scholarship click here!

Hispanic College Fund Camp Virtual Programs

Hello Da Vinci Parents and Students,

I’m writing this to share an exciting opportunity that helps students and their parents gain access to virtual HSF College Camp programs, taking place via Zoom. This is a FREE, bilingual, webinar for students in 6th – 12th grade, and their families, where you will receive valuable information about how to prepare, plan, and pay for a college education!

HSF College Camp is tailored to address the needs of ALL middle and high school students, and their parents. Families can choose to receive information in either English or Spanish. People of all ethnicities and backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

The curriculum will be presented by subject-matter experts and will cover topics including:

  • Preparing for and applying to college
  • Researching financial aid and scholarship opportunities
  • Understanding the real cost of a college education
  • Maximizing the college experience
  • Preparing for a career after college

This event is FREE and open to the public; however, space is limited. There will be three identical sessions:

  • Saturday, October 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT
  • Saturday, November 7, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT
  • Saturday, November 21, 2020, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

For further event details and to register to attend, please visit:

Registration will close once capacity has been reached. 

For Spanish speakers, feel free to download our Spanish Information Flyer.

Upcoming: UC Santa Cruz Virtual Open House!

Hi DVD Seniors and Families!

UC Santa Cruz will be opening its doors virtually on Saturday, November 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time for a LIVE Virtual Open House!

In this cross-campus event, students and their families will get to experience a wide range of presentations and interactions, including:

  • Faculty presentations from some of our most popular majors
  • A Student Life panel
  • Demonstrations of our interdisciplinary approach to learning and research
  • Q&As

Faculty and staff representing four of their academic divisions will be there, as well as academic advisers, Undergraduate Admissions evaluators and counselors, students, and campus life staff.

More information will be coming soon! Keep checking the blog for updates on this event.


DVD Counseling Team


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