Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the College Access Foundation of California?

A.  The College Access Foundation of California is a private foundation committed to increasing the number of low-income students who attend and complete college across the state.  Since 2005, we have used the assets from our endowment to award over $71 million in grants to local programs and organizations that provide scholarships, financial aid advising and specialized support services to help students overcome the financial barriers they face on the path to a college degree.

Q.  Who receives grants from the Foundation?

A.  The Foundation awards grants to nonprofit or publicly-funded programs and organizations that help low-income students prepare for, enroll, and succeed in college.  These organizations use our grants to offer scholarships, financial aid advising and specialized support services scholarships to students with financial need.

Q.  How can my organization apply for a grant?

A.  Please visit our “Applying for Grants” page on our website to learn more about the eligibility criteria and the process for submitting a new grantee inquiry.

Q.  Which organizations have received grants from the College Access Foundation?

A.  Click here for a list of current and past grant recipients.

Q.  I am a parent or student interested in information on college financing. Can the College Access Foundation of California help?

A.  The College Access Foundation of California does not award grants or scholarships directly to students, but provides funds to organizations that in turn offer these services.  Parents and students can review organizations that have received our grants here and find other resources.