Where does financial aid come from?
The federal government, state governments, organizations, businesses, and agencies offer financial aid of one or more types. Generally, financial aid providers fall into the following broad categories: 
- The Federal Government—Grants, loans, work-study;
- The State (California)—Grants, loans and loan forgiveness for residents’ in-state education expenses;
- Individual Schools or Programs—Grants, loans, & Scholarships from the educational institution itself;
- Nonprofit or Private Organizations—Scholarships & awards based on many factors, such as merit, achievements, or membership to the group or organization.
These categories of aid are discussed in detail below.