Need help paying for school? Our family of colleges (CEHE) offers a variety of grant and scholarship awards.* These awards do not need to be repaid, so they can help to reduce your overall student debt. Additional financial assistance may be available through federal, state, and private channels. At no cost or obligation, we can check into all your available options to find the financial assistance you may qualify for!

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Think you can't qualify for a grant or scholarship? Think again! At our family of colleges, you don't have to be a straight-A student or a star athlete to get a grant or scholarship. Our awards are offered through our Good Neighbor Initiative and aren't based exclusively on grades or exam scores.

Browse our various grant and scholarship awards below to learn more. Call us at (855) 876-1010 or fill out the form above to see whether you qualify.

Grant Awards

Our family of colleges believes everyone should have the opportunity to earn a degree and enjoy a better future. So whether you’re fresh out of high school or a seasoned adult ready for a career change, we may have a grant that fits YOU!

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Career Success Grants

First Time College Grant
($5,000)

Designed for independent adults who have never attended college before.

Dependent Student Grant
($5,000)

Designed for those who are “dependent” according to federal financial rules. Typically, applicants are young adults who are not considered financially independent.

Return to Learn Grant
($5,000)

Designed for those who have previously earned some college credits but have not yet earned a degree.

Family Grant

Family Grant
(10% off tuition)

Grant program designed for immediate family members of enrolled students or graduates from one of our family of colleges:

  • Stevens-Henager College
  • CollegeAmerica
  • California College San Diego
  • Independence University

Career Success Grants
Family Grant

First Time College Grant
($5,000 towards tuition)

Designed for independent adults who have never attended college before.

Dependent Student Grant
($5,000 towards tuition)

Designed for those who are “dependent” according to federal financial rules. Typically, applicants are young adults who are not considered financially independent.

Return to Learn Grant
($5,000 towards tuition)

Designed for those who have previously earned some college credits but have not yet earned a degree.

Family Grant
(equal to 10% of tuition)

Grant program designed for immediate family members of enrolled students or graduates from one of our family of colleges:

  • Stevens-Henager College
  • CollegeAmerica
  • California College San Diego
  • Independence University

Scholarship Awards

Through our Good Neighbor Initiative, our family of colleges is proud to offer several generous scholarship awards for adults—from high school seniors just entering college to career professionals wanting to advance their current degree.

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Presidential Scholarship

Academic Scholarship
(Up to $8,000 — High School Seniors)

Academic scholarships of up to $8,000 may be awarded by an on-ground campus to graduating high school seniors. To use the scholarship, award recipients must enroll and start classes at the college within one year from the date they graduated high school. Applicants who graduate from high school with a GPA of 3.5 or higher (as evidenced on an official transcript) are exempt from testing. Other applicants must take the Otis Lennon School Ability Test and can receive an award based upon the following scores:

  • Applicants who score >34 receive a scholarship award of $7,000
  • Applicants who score >46 receive a scholarship award of $7,500
  • Applicants who score >58 receive a scholarship award of $8,000

To remain eligible for an academic scholarship, recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and at least 90% attendance. There is no limit on the number of academic scholarships that each college location can award each year.

To apply for the Academic Scholarship, high school students should contact the campus they are interested in attending, or click on the Apply Now button above.

Academic Scholarship

Build a Better Future Scholarship
($3,000 — GED® credentialed)

Congratulations on earning your GED® test credential! Now we’d like to help you take the next step—train for a career you’ll love. That’s why we’re pleased to offer the Build a Better Future scholarship, so you can continue your education and pursue a career-focused college degree.

To be eligible, the applicant must have completed GED® classes from one of our schools, must have earned their GED® credential, and must apply for the scholarship within one (1) year of earning their GED® credential. In addition, the applicant must have a recommendation letter from the institution’s GED® test coordinator. To remain eligible for the scholarship, recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA).

Counselor's Choice Scholarship

Bachelor’s Upgrade Scholarship
($5,000 — Adults with CEHE Associate’s degrees)

This scholarship is available to graduates who earned their Associate’s degree from one of our schools— Steven-Henager College, CollegeAmerica, California College San Diego, or Independence University.

In order to qualify, the applicant must have graduated with an Associate’s degree from the school with at least a 2.5 CGPA. In addition, the applicant must submit a 500-word essay to the Campus Director on his/her goals for completion of the Bachelor’s program. Once awarded, the recipient has seven (7) years from the date of graduation from a CEHE Associate’s degree program to use the scholarship for one of our Bachelor’s degree programs.

Counselor's Choice Scholarship

Master’s Upgrade Scholarship
(50% of cost of Master’s degree program — Adults with CEHE Bachelor’s degrees)

This scholarship is available to graduates who earned their Bachelor’s degree from one of our schools—Steven-Henager College, CollegeAmerica, California College San Diego, or Independence University.

In order to qualify, the applicant must have graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the school with at least a 2.5 CGPA. In addition, the applicant must submit a 500-word essay to the Campus Director on his/her goals for completion of the Master’s program. Once awarded, the recipient has one (1) year from the date of graduation from a CEHE Bachelor’s degree program to use the scholarship for one of CEHE’s Master’s programs. The tuition scholarship will be awarded upon graduation from the Master’s program.

Academic Scholarship
Build a Better Future Scholarship
Bachelor’s Upgrade Scholarship
Master’s Upgrade Scholarship

Academic Scholarship
(Up to $8,000 — High School Seniors)

Academic scholarships of up to $8,000 may be awarded by an campus to graduating high school seniors. To use the scholarship, award recipients must enroll and start classes at the college within one year from the date they graduated high school. Applicants who graduate from high school with a GPA of 3.5 or higher (as evidenced on an official transcript) are exempt from testing. Other applicants must take the Otis Lennon School Ability Test and can receive an award based upon the following scores:

  • Applicants who score >34 receive a scholarship award of $7,000
  • Applicants who score >46 receive a scholarship award of $7,500
  • Applicants who score >58 receive a scholarship award of $8,000

To remain eligible for an academic scholarship, recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and at least 90% attendance. There is no limit on the number of academic scholarships that each college location can award each year.

To apply for the Academic Scholarship, high school students should contact the campus they are interested in attending, or click on the Apply Now button above.

Build a Better Future Scholarship
($3,000 — GED® credentialed)

We know how challenging it is for a student to come back to school and earn their GED® test credential. As a result, we are pleased to offer the Build a Better Future Scholarship to help these students continue their education and pursue a career-focused college degree.

To be eligible, the applicant must have completed GED® classes from one of our schools, must have earned their GED® credential, and must apply for the scholarship within one (1) year of earning their GED® credential. In addition, the applicant must have a recommendation letter from the institution’s GED® test coordinator. To remain eligible for the scholarship, recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA).

Bachelor’s Upgrade Scholarship
($5,000 — Adults with CEHE Associate’s degrees)

This scholarship is available to graduates who earned their Associate’s degree from one of our schools— Steven-Henager College, CollegeAmerica, California College San Diego, or Independence University.

In order to qualify, the applicant must have graduated with an Associate’s degree from the school with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. In addition, the applicant must submit a 500-word essay to the Campus Director on his/her goals for completion of the Bachelor’s program. Once awarded, the recipient has seven (7) years from the date of graduation from a CEHE Associate’s degree program to use the scholarship for one of our Bachelor’s degree programs.

Master’s Upgrade Scholarship
(50% of cost of Master’s degree program — Adults with CEHE Bachelor’s degrees)

This scholarship is available to graduates who earned their Bachelor’s degree from one of our schools—Steven-Henager College, CollegeAmerica, California College San Diego, or Independence University.

In order to qualify, the applicant must have graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the school with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. In addition, the applicant must submit a 500-word essay to the Campus Director on his/her goals for completion of the Master’s program. Once awarded, the recipient has one (1) year from the date of graduation from a CEHE Bachelor’s degree program to use the scholarship for one of CEHE’s Master’s programs. The tuition scholarship will be awarded upon graduation from the Master’s program.

Q & A

  • How do I apply? Call (855) 876-1010, fill out the form above, or click the “Apply Now” button above to get started. You will need to submit all application materials at least one week prior to starting school. Don’t worry, our financial planners will assist you through the entire process!

  • Can I apply for more than one of your grants or scholarships? Yes, but you may only receive one award from the college. However, you may have other external grants or scholarships in addition to any awarded by our college.

  • How are applicants selected? Each grant and scholarship award has specific criteria to determine whether applicants are eligible. Click here for award details.

  • If chosen, how do I receive the award money? Typically, our grants and scholarships are awarded ratably, by term, over the course of your program. A term is usually four months. Awards are non-transferable, apply only to tuition, and do not result in a cash payment to students. All awards are a credit toward tuition charges.

  • What happens if I drop out of school or I’m dismissed? The award is permanently forfeited.

  • If I meet all the listed requirements will I automatically receive an award? No. Grants and scholarships are limited, however, we have reserved a generous number of awards to help as many students as we can.

  • Anything else I need to know? Award recipients must also meet all program and college entrance requirements.