• Seniors
     
      The state of California is requiring all seniors to fill out their FAFSA or California Dream Act Application to be filled out online. 
     
    If you do not plan to apply for FAFSA or the California Dream Act - Please Return the Wavier Form to the Counseling Department
     
     
     
     

     

     
     
    FAFSA
     
     
    The 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form will be available by Dec. 31, 2023—with some changes for you and your family. Get ready now so you can complete the FAFSA form as soon as it’s available at fafsa.gov. Here’s what you’ll need to access and complete your form.
     

     
     

     
    1. FINANCIAL AID FORMS
     
        FAFSA = FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID  
    • Mandatory application for federal and state aid
    • No cost to apply (includes submitting information to six schools of your choice)
    • For public and private schools
     
        CSS PROFILE - Preparing to apply for Financial Aid 
     
         INSTITUTIONAL FORM
    •  Supplementary form required by some colleges and universities
    •  Filed in addition to the FAFSA and CSS Profile

    2. TERMS
        
         FAMILY CONTRIBUTION
    •  Money a family is expected to pay
    •  Remains constant regardless of cost
     
         GRANT
    • Money provided that does not have to be repaid
     
         WORK STUDY
    •  Campus job to defray school costs
     
         LOAN
    • Low, simple interest student loans are available which do not have to be repaid until six months after the student completes school
    • Loans are also available from lending institutions and the federal government, for example, at various rates and payback plans
     
     

    3. NOTIFICATION OF AWARD
    •  Verification of data arrives in February – March
    •  Financial Aid award arrives in April – May
     
    PLEASE REMEMBER TO FILE ALL FORMS ON TIME AND KEEP COPIES!
    (Cal Grant information provided by the California Student Aid Commission)
     

    Additional Information

    What is AB 540?

    What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?

    What Financial Aid Can a Dreamer Apply For?

    More about Cal Grant

     
    Under California law AB 540, certain nonresident students are exempt from paying nonresident supplemental tuition.