SeniorsThe state of California is requiring all seniors to fill out their FAFSA or California Dream Act Application to be filled out online.Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form is the first step to obtaining federal student aid to help pay for your college or career school. Follow these eight simple steps to set yourself up for success and submit the form on time.
There are major changes and improvements coming to the 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form.As a result, the new form will be available in December 2023, not Oct. 1.Click on https://www.youtube.com/user/FederalStudentAid/featured For more FAFSA Videos.1. FINANCIAL AID FORMSFAFSA = FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID
CSS PROFILE - Preparing to apply for Financial 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
- What is the CSS Profile
- Completing your Application
- What is the CSS Profile Dashboard
- Fee Waviers
- Divorced and Separated Parents
- Independent Students
- Tips & Helpful Resources
2. TERMSFAMILY CONTRIBUTION
- Supplementary form required by some colleges and universities
- Filed in addition to the FAFSA and CSS Profile
- Money a family is expected to pay
- Remains constant regardless of cost
- Money provided that does not have to be repaid
- Campus job to defray school costs
- 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
PLEASE REMEMBER TO FILE ALL FORMS ON TIME AND KEEP COPIES!(Cal Grant information provided by the California Student Aid Commission)
- Verification of data arrives in February – March
- Financial Aid award arrives in April – May
Additional InformationAB 540 exempts certain students from paying nonresident tuition (higher than resident tuition) and allows them to apply for different types of California Dream Act financial aid.
Students must have
**If you have Temporary Protected Status or hold a U Visa you may be eligible for the California Dream Act.AB 1899 allows U and T visa holders to also apply for state financial aid. (T visa holders should file a FAFSA, U visa holders should file a CA Dream Act Application)If you meet the requirements above, you should complete the CA Dream Act Application for financial aid. (A certified GPA is also necessary for Cal Grant consideration.)Your college is responsible for verifying your AB 540 eligibility. Check with your Admissions Office early in the summer before the Fall Term starts.Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a federal process that defers removal action of an individual by USCIS for a specified number of years.
- Satisfaction of either of the following:
- High School attendance in California for three or more years.
- Attainment of credits earned in California from a California high school equivalent to three or more years of full-time high school coursework and a total of three or more years of attendance in California elementary schools, California secondary schools, or a combination of those schools.
- Graduated or will graduate from a California high school or obtained a Certificate or General Education Development (GED), High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), or test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).
- Will register or enroll in an accredited and qualifying California college or university.
- If applicable, complete(d) an affidavit to legalize immigration status as soon as you are eligible.
- Do not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F, J, H, L, A, B, C, D, E, etc.)**
CA Dreamers should still file a CA Dream Act Application instead of a FAFSA and submit a Non-SSN GPA. If you or your school submits your certified GPA using your DACA SSN, make sure you include that DACA SSN on question #8 of your CA Dream Act Application.
- It is not the same as financial aid
- It does not grant lawful immigration status
- It does allow individuals to apply for an SSN and work authorization
Application deadline for all Dreamer Cal Grants and most of the other aid listed above is March 2.
- Cal Grant, Chafee Grant, Middle Class Scholarship
- UC Grants, State University Grants
- California Community College (CCC) BOG Fee Waiver
- Some University scholarships
- Some private scholarships administered by campuses
Dreamer Cal Grants include
(Dreamers are not eligible to receive Competitive Cal Grants.)A Dreamer Cal Grant application = CA Dream Act Application + Non-SSN GPAYou can submit your GPA the following ways
- High School Entitlement Cal Grant A & B
- CCC Transfer Entitlement Cal Grant A & B
- Cal Grant C
You must meet the application deadline and all applicable eligibility requirements to qualify for any financial aid listed above.Get help on your application at a Cash for College workshop in your area.
- Non-SSN - Best!
- SSN (with your DACA) – but you MUST make sure you include your DACA SSN on Question #8 of your CA Dream Act Application (may slow down processing of your application)