Financial Aid & Scholarships

Scholarship Applications

*Click the links below to apply for a PHS Scholarship Committee Application*

Boys State Application Due by 2/21/2020


Upcoming Scholarships

*Click on the links for more information and to apply!

*Note: Portola , nor any of it's affiliates, are responsible for the legitimacy or quality of the scholarships listed. 

Scholarship Deadline
College Board Opportunity Scholarships (Multiple) Various
Course Hero- Multiple Scholarships Various
The Orange County Community Foundation Scholarships (Multiple) Various
Department of Defense STEM Scholarships (Multiple)  Various
Hearthstone Housing Foundation Various
Scholarships for Nursing Students Various
Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway October 17th, 2019
Horatio Alger National and State Scholarship Program October 25th, 2019
Crescent Electric Scholarship October 28th, 2019
Heisman High School Scholarship October 29th, 2019
ZipRecruiter Scholarship October 31st, 2019
Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship October 31st, 2019
Opterra Energy Aspiring Educators Scholarship November 1st, 2019
Elks National Foundation Scholarship Program November 5th, 2019
Dell Scholars December 1st, 2019
Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program December 7th, 2019
AXA Achievement Scholarship December 15th, 2019
The SunTec Auto Glass Yearly Scholarship Award December 15th, 2019
Edison Scholars College Scholarship December 16th, 2019
R3 Stem Cell Scholarship December 31st, 2019
Foot Locker Scholar Athlete January 3rd, 2020
Alert1 Student for Senior Scholarship January 10th, 2020
Orange County Mensa Scholarship January 15th, 2020
Calvin Coolidge Presidential Scholarship January 16th, 2020
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund January 22nd, 2020
California State PTA Scholarship February 1st, 2020

Cox Cable Scholars

February 5th, 2020
LA Clippers- Stay in School Scholarship February 23rd, 2020
Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Scholarship February 27th, 2020
Asian Pacific Fund March 2nd, 2020
State Council Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California Scholarship March 15th, 2020
Elevate Women in Techonolgy April 1st, 2020
Irvine Unified Council PTA Senior Scholarship April 6th, 2020
Willow Tree Scholarship June 8th, 2020
Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship December 15, 2020



Click here to view the Financial Aid Night Presentation.

The presentation covers the basics of financial aid and what types of aid are available.  



Sources of Aid

  • Federal - awarded by the federal government
  • State - awarded by the state government
  • Institutional - awarded by the college the student chooses to attend
  • Private - awarded by an outside organization


Types of Aid

  • Scholarships/Grants - do not have to be repaid
  • Work Study - earned by the student as payment for a job on or off campus
  • Loans - must be repaid


Grants and Scholarships

  • Federal Pell Grant: Federal. For students with high financial need. Must complete the FAFSA.
  • Federal Supplemental Grant: Federal. Based on exceptional need. Must complete the FAFSA.
  • Cal Grant: State. A maximum parent income (middle range) applies. A GPA of 3.0 is required for 4 year colleges, and a GPA of 2.0 is required for 2 year or specialty colleges. Must complete the FAFSA or the Dream Act application (for undocumented students).
  • Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW): State. Pays the enrollment fees at a community college. Must complete the FAFSA.
  • CSU State University Grant (SUG): Institutional. Must complete the FAFSA.
  • UC Grant: Institutional. Limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to undergraduates who are eligible and whose Financial Aid Notice and all required documents are complete.
  • California Chafee Grant Program: Federal. For current or former foster youth to use for career and technical training or college courses. Must complete the FAFSA.
  • Institutional Scholarships: Many institutions offer their own merit-based and/or need-based scholarships. Students are often automatically considered when they apply to the institution. Sometimes an institutional scholarship will require a separate application. Check each school’s website for detailed information.
  • Private Scholarships: Many organizations offer scholarships to students who meet certain criteria. Visit your College and Career Center to learn about available organizational scholarships. You may also use scholarship search engines such as FastWeb (



Work Study


A program to help students earn money while in school. Students do not pay taxes on work study income. Must complete the FAFSA and indicate interest in work study.




  • Federal Stafford Subsidized Loans: Based on financial need. The federal government pays the interest until six months after the student stops attending college. The interest rate is variable %.
  • Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loans: Not based on financial need. Interest can be paid while in school or accrued, with a 6-month grace period. The interest rate is variable %.
  • Federal Perkins Loans: Based on exceptional financial need. Eligibility for a Pell Grant is determined first. This is federal money but the school serves as a lender. This loan is given to the student, carries an interest rate of 5%, holds a 9-month grace period, and will be cancelled for careers like teacher, nurse, and law enforcement.
  • Parent PLUS Loans: Granted to parents of students (biological or adoptive, not guardians). Not based on financial need. The loan is subject to a credit check. May cover the entire cost of attendance. Repayment begins within 60 days of the final disbursement.
  • Private Loans: Not sponsored by the federal government. They are credit and income based. The interest rate is usually higher than Stafford or PLUS loans.