What is FAFSA
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. The office of Federal Student Aid helps make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year. For more information and to apply: http://fafsa.gov
Types of Aid
Financial aid is money to help pay for college or career school. Aid can come from
- Grants—financial aid that doesn't have to be repaid (unless, for example, you withdraw from school and owe a refund)
- Loans— borrowed money for college or career school; you must repay your loans, with interest
- Work-Study—a work program through which you earn money to help you pay for school
- the U.S. federal government
- the state where you live
- the college you attend
- FAFSA IS FREE. There is no cost to apply
- It is used for both public and private schools
- The filing period begins on October 1
- For Basic Eligibility Criteria please see the link below:
- California – March 2, 2021 (date postmarked).
- Cal Grant also requires submission of a school-certified GPA by March 2, 2021. Seniors may Opt-Out of having their GPA's submitted, but in doing so, students will NOT qualify for a Cal-Grant. This form is available here: GPA Opt-Out Form and must be filled out and returned to your guidance technician.
FAFSA Deadlines Federal Deadline:
- Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2021.
- Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 15, 2021.
The Dream Act
The California DREAM Act of 2011 is the result of two bills, Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130) and Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131). Together, these bills allow undocumented and documented students who meet certain provisions of AB 540 to apply for and receive Cal Grants and Board of Governor's Fee Waivers at community colleges as well as institutional aid at California colleges and universities.For comprehensive information about the California DREAM Act, including access to the application materials, important dates, and instructions, please visit http://www.caldreamact.org