Financial Support Program


Christopher Wardell (Program Services Coordinator)

Student Services - Financial Aid Services

Welcome to the Financial Support Program at Cañada College where you can find all of the applicable financial resources available to eligible students on their educational journey. Our goal is to create transparency and promote greater access to these key programs that help to transform the lives of students. If you would like more information, please browse through the following links, contact Chris via email (, or schedule a 1-on-1 meeting today!


What is the Financial Support Program (FSP)?

The Financial Support Program at Cañada College is designed to provide students with resources that promote financial literacy and independence. The goal of the program is to enhance the long-term economic success of our students and improve their livelihood. Please reach out to Chris using the contact information provided to find out more about our program.

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Financial Literacy Fridays

The Financial Literacy Friday workshop series will be conducted in a hybrid format, both in-person and via Zoom, in the Financial Literacy Lab (B9-123) starting at 10:00am and ending at 11:00am. The Zoom link will be provided after registration. Upcoming workshop dates are listed in the link below.

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Additional Resources:

Get access to extra grant and scholarship opportunities, campus tours to UCs and CSUs, technology loans and individualized tutoring support!

Eligibility requirements:

  • Enrolled in at least 6 academic units, and meet at least one of the following guidelines:
    • "First Generation" college students (neither parent has a bachelor's degree from a college or university in the United States)
    • Students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant (FAFSA)
    • Students with documented learning differences and/or physical disabilities (and registered with our Disability Resource Center).

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Receive up to $450 per semester for books and materials, $100 per month for food, gas or transportation, and many more benefits!


Eligibility requirements: 

  • Full-time Student (12+ units), exceptions are made for students enrolled in the Disability Resource Center Program (DRC)
  • Be a California Resident (including Dreamers and AB540)
  • Qualify for the California College Promise Grant (CCPG)
  • Have not completed 70-degree applicable units (domestic or international)
  • Meet ONE of the Educational disadvantaged criteria:
    • will take basic skills English or math or ESL or have previously enrolled in one of these classes
    • high school GPA below 2.50
    • not a high school graduate and does not have a GED
    • first-generation college student
    • member of an underrepresented group as identified in the College’s Educational Master Plan

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Receive up to $300 per semester for books or materials, $50 per month for food, gas or transportation, and many more benefits!


Eligibility requirements:

  • Students who are eligible to be in the Cañada College Promise Scholars Program full-time must be:
    • an incoming first year student
    • graduating Middle College student
    • graduating Concurrent student
  • For the part-time Promise Scholars Program, students must have less than 30 units before applying and remain part-time for the duration of the program.

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Get help with financial education, receive up to $300 with Cañada Cash, and learn more about the weekly food distribution and food pantry services!


Eligibility requirements:

  • SparkPoint services are open and available to all citizens of San Mateo County.
  • To benefit from Cañada Cash, you must be enrolled as a student at Cañada College for the current term.

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Browse through scholarships offered through Cañada College and the San Mateo County Community College District! Additional opportunities are also available to students through our Scholarships page.


Eligibility requirements:

  • Please refer to each scholarship for the posted eligibility requirements and reach out for help if you have questions.

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Questions? Contact us!

Want to know more about the Financial Support Program? Schedule a meeting today!  📆


Need help with your financial aid application? Click here!