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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid & Scholarships

There is a variety of financial resources available for eligible students.


Taft College Institutional Scholarship Opportunities


West Kern Community College Academic Merit Award

Any graduating high school senior in the West Kern Community College District (Taft & Maricopa High School)

who has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and enrolls in 12 units at Taft College as a first time College student within one year of receiving the award.

No application required

Submit final high school transcript to the college
$300 per semester up to two (2) semesters depending on continued eligibility


West Kern Community College Scholarship

California residents

Maintain  a 3.0 cumulative GPA

Pass 12 units with a 3.0 GPA in the previous semester and enroll in 12 or more units in the next semester to maintain the scholarship

Scholarship application must be received in the financial aid office by the fifth (5th) Friday of each semester

West Kern Community College Scholarship Form

$125 per semester up to four (4) semesters depending on continued eligibility


Taft College Non-Resident Scholarship

Any non-resident student entering Taft College with a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA will be eligible

A student who enters Taft College with a GPA of 3.0 or less and earns a 3.0 or better at Taft College will eligible to receive the scholarship for one semester

Can be earned to maximum of two (2) semesters


There are many outside scholarships available to qualified students.  Business firms, organizations and four-year colleges provide scholarships for students.  Notices regarding scholarship opportunities are posted throughout the year on the financial aid website.  The college library is also an excellent source of information regarding scholarship opportunities.  The following websites on outside scholarships is provided for your reference on the financial aid website.  Taft College does not endorse any specific site.


Additional Resources

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (Fafsa)

You must apply/update between January 1st and March 2nd. Federal financial aid is Pell Grants, Stafford loans, etc.


California Dream Act- Access to financial aid for undocumented students who attend a public university, community college or private college in California


UC Blue and Gold Opportunity


California Student Aid Commission


I Can Afford College

I Can Afford College “30 seconds to College” Sweepstakes

The lucky grand-prize winner of this year’s sweepstakes will receive a car!  Three additional winners will receive cash scholarships that can be used for community college costs, such as fees, books, supplies and other education-related expenses.


Reputable service providers for Student Loans


Free Scholarship search and updates


Tuition discounts for students attending a university outside of their home state. (Applies to certain Western States)