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Non-Discrimination (BP 0410)

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District Governing Board is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs, activities, practices, and employment shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression,; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. This policy applies to all acts related to school activity or school attendance within a school under the jurisdiction of the Superintendent.


Participation in Academic Programs (BP 6164.2)

Newport-Mesa Unified School District Governing Board recognizes that a comprehensive counseling program promotes academic achievement and serves the diverse needs of all district students.  Academic programs and/or courses are available to all persons, without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.


No Discriminación (BP 0410)

La Junta Directiva del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Newport-Mesa esta comprometida a proveer igualdad de oportunidades en educación a todos los individuos. Los programas, actividades, prácticas y empleos en el Distrito estarán libres de discriminación, acoso, intimidación y hostigamiento basado en raza, color, ascendencia, origen nacional, identificación de grupo étnico, edad, religión, estado parental o marital, discapacidad mental o física, sexo, orientación sexual, género, identidad de género o expresión de género; la percepción de una o mas de estas características; o asociación con una persona o grupo con una o mas de estas características percibidas. Esta política aplica para todos los actos relacionados a actividades escolares o asistencia escolar dentro de una escuela, bajo la jurisdicción del Superintendente.


Participación en Programas Académicos (BP 6164.2)

La Junta Directiva Gobernante del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Newport-Mesa reconoce que un programa completo de asesoramiento promueve los logros académicos y sirve las diversas necesidades de todos los estudiantes del distrito.  Programas y/o cursos están disponibles para todas las personas sin importar su raza, color, ascendencia, origen nacional, identificación con grupo étnico, edad, religión, estado parental o marital, discapacidad mental o física, sexo, genero, orientación sexual, identidad o expresión de genero; la percepción de una o mas de estas características; o asociación con una persona o grupo con una o mas de estas características percibidas.

Financial Aid

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)


FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

The first step to take, if you are entering your senior year, is to fill out a form known as the "FAFSA." This form, once you fill it out completely and send it off, gives the government finance folks a chance to review your needs and to offer you some options regarding your eligibility for different types of aid. Click on the following links to get started...

If you follow all the steps related to the FAFSA, you will receive a worksheet from them that indicates what type of aid for which you qualify. The most common categories include grants, loans, and possibly scholarships. Grants are often the most beneficial, for they are free money. They are available to students who fit a certain profile that includes a good GPA, financial need, residency parameters, and acceptance to a qualifying school in California.


For other general information regarding federal aid, review this site:

Need help understanding financial aid? Contact the California Higher Education Answer Center. It is a free, not-for-profit service established to help students and families seeking information about financial aid make informed decisions about paying for college. When you call and speak with a Financial Aid Specialist, you will get fast and informed answers to your questions.

Call: 866.772.4352

Since 1998, has assisted millions of students from high school all the way through graduate school in their efforts to find money for college. They have created an Educator's Resource Center, where you can find downloadable and printable fact sheets on choosing colleges, scholarships and other financial aid at

Student Financial Aid Programs

The U.S. Department of Education has the following major student financial assistance programs:

 Federal PELL Grants:

Undergraduate students only
Must qualify financially
Must be in an eligible training/school program
Grants do not have to be repaid
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG):
Available for students who qualify for assistance beyond the PELL Grant.

 Federal Work Study
If offered as part of financial aid package, colleges will help students locate a part-time job on or off campus that pays at least federal minimum wage.

 Federal Stafford Loans:

Available to vocational, graduate and undergraduate students
Two types of loans available: subsidized (need-based) and unsubsidized (no student financial need required)
Must be repaid

 Federal PLUS Loans:

Loans granted to parents of attending students
Unsubsidized loans
Must be repaid

 A combination of federal student loans designed to make repayment more manageable. Applications are available from:

Financial aid offices
Participating lenders

Federal Perkins Loans:

Made through participating colleges
For students with financial need
Low interest loans at 5%

The Montgomery GI Bill

VEAP (Post-Vietnam era Veterans Educational Assistance Program)

Service-Disabled Veterans
Veterans’ Dependents
State Education Benefits

Community College Fee Waiver (BOGW)

Helpful Hints on Applying for Student Financial Aid

Complete the paper form Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available at any school, or apply over the Internet.
Each federal school code number, required on applications, can be looked up at college financial aid offices, public libraries or at the Office of Post Secondary Education.
For federal student aid, apply as early as possible after January 1 for the upcoming Fall and Spring college semesters, or at least two months prior to school/training start date.
It takes 3-4 weeks to process forms and receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) by mail. The SAR provides information on eligibility for federal aid.

Education and Training Financial Aid Sites

U.S. Department of Education


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

California Student Aid Commission

Financial Aid Information Page

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Financial Aid (FAFSA) Questions

1. I probably don’t qualify for aid. Should I apply for aid anyway?

Yes. Many families mistakenly think they don’t qualify for aid and prevent themselves from receiving financial aid by failing to apply for it. In addition, there are a few sources of aid such as unsubsidized Stafford and PLUS loans that are available regardless of need. The FAFSA form is free. There is no good excuse for not applying.


2. Where can find the FAFSA?

 The FAFSA is available on the FAFSA Webpage. 


3. How do I apply for a Pell Grant and other types of need-based aid?

Submit a FAFSA. To indicate interest in student employment, student loans and parent loans, you should check the appropriate boxes. Checking these boxes does not commit you to accepting these types of aid. You will have the opportunity to accept or decline each part of your aid package later. Leaving these boxes unchecked will not increase the amount of grants you receive.


4. What do those acronyms on the Student Aid Report (SAR) mean?

The acronyms on the bottom of the SAR represent intermediate results in the need analysis. To fully understand their meaning, you will need to be familiar with the federal need analysis methodology, such as is used by the EFC Estimator. The meanings of the acronyms are as follows:

EFC Expected Family Contribution
TI Total Income
ATI Allowances Against Total Income
STX State and Other Tax Allowance
EA Employment Allowance
IPA Income Protection Allowance
CAI Contribution from Available Income (Independent Student)
DNW Discretionary Net Worth
APA Education Savings and Asset Protection Allowance
PCA Parents’ Contribution from Assets
AAI Adjusted Available Income
TPC Total Parents’ Contribution
TSC Total Student’s Contribution
PC Parents’ Contribution
SIC Dependent Student’s Income Contribution
SCA Dependent Student’s Contribution from Assets


5. Why is the family contribution listed on the SAR different from the family contribution expected by the university?

The federal formula for computing the expected family contribution is different from those used by many universities. In particular, the federal formula does not consider home equity as part of the assets.

More Scholarships

Campaign Scholarships

Q. What are Do Something Campaign Scholarships all about?

A. Campaign Scholarships reward teens for participating in one of Do Something's monthly campaigns.

The goal of Scholarships is to recognize everyday teens who are taking action and making a difference in their community—and catapult them into lifelong civic leaders. Most scholarship programs focus on the best students, or the all-star athletes, we recognize and reward the teens who are social action leaders in their community.

Check out the
latest campaign scholarship opportunitiesfor more information on how to get involved.


Q. Am I eligible for a scholarship?

A. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, the campaign participant must:

  • Be 25 OR UNDER.
  • Be a U.S. or Canadian citizen (You will be asked to prove citizenship and age if you win).


Q. What can scholarship money be used for?

A. Scholarship money can go to any two-year or four-year accredited institution of higher education for an undergraduate or graduate degree.

If the recipient is not enrolled in an institution by his/her 26th birthday, he/she is no longer eligible to receive the scholarship award.


Q. What do I need to apply for a scholarship?

A. These scholarships are different- there is no application and there are no long essays to write! Instead, they will be awarded to participants in Do Something campaigns. After you've participated in the campaign, remember to report back so that we can see all your amazing accomplishments. We'll find our campaign scholarship winners in the pool of report back forms.

Q. How much are the scholarships worth?

A. Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $1,000 depending on the campaign. Check the contest rules of the campaignfor more information.

Q. How will the winners be chosen?

A. Winners will be chosen based on the quality of their participation, so be sure to include specifics and details in your report back.

Judging Criteria

  1. Creativity:The project is creative and demonstrates a commitment to social change.
  2. Community focus:The project focuses on improving community problems and engaging and involving the community in the project.
  3. Impact:The project effectively addresses a problem within the participant’s community and has a measurable impact.


Q. My campaign participation has been with a group. Can we all get a scholarship?

A. Unfortunately, we can't tell you that here. Sometimes we give out scholarships to everyone in your group. Sometimes we only give out two scholarships. Each campaign varies so to find out how many scholarships are awarded, check out the contest rules (located in the prizes section of the campaign page).

Q. I am getting an error or "Access Denied" message when I try to sign up.

A. If you are having trouble reporting back, it is most likely because you have not verified your email address. When you created a log in for the Do Something site you were sent an email. In that email there is a link to verify your email address. Check your junk mail. If you can't find the email or are still having trouble please submit a help ticket with our tech department.

Q. How do I find out if I won?

A. You will be notified via phone if you are selected as a winner. Non-winners will not be notified.