• Federal Student Aid    
     

     
    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
    • Filing period Begins October 

    We make it easier to get money for college or career school.  To get started, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. Then your college will tell you the types and amounts of aid you can get. And we'll help you along the way. 

    - Fill Out FAFSA Form 
    - View your SAR (Student Aid Report)
    - Early Aid Estimate
    - FAFSA Help
    - What to expect after the FAFSA 
    - State Aid Deadlines
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     
    WHAT WILL I NEED TO FILL OUT A FAFSA?
     
    To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will need:
     
    • Your Social Security Number or Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
    • Your 2019 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
    • Records of child support received or paid (if applicable) 
    • Current bank statements and records of investments (if applicable) 
    • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
    • An FSA ID (student and parent) to sign electronically. ( https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm )
    • Parents full legal name, date of birth and social security (if applicable)
    • Parents date of marriage, divorce/separation (if applicable)  

     

    **Available October 1, 2020, apply early!**

    If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s).
     
    WHAT WILL I NEED TO FILL OUT A CADAA? To complete the CA Dream Act Application (CADAA), you will need:
     
    • Your 2019 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned (if you or your parents have any)  For more information if you or your return(s) have not been completed, see the instructions on the Dream Act Application
    • Records of child support received or paid (if applicable) 
    • Current bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
    • Records of untaxed income (if applicable) 
    • Parents full legal name, date of birth and social security (if applicable)
    • Parents date of marriage, divorce/separation (if applicable)  
       
       
      **Available October 1, 2020, apply early! 
      If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s
     

     CSAC
    California Student Aid Commission
     
    Do you need Cash for College? Complete the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) now! Join the California Student Aid Commission for a Cash for College Webinar! Learn about the FAFSA and CADAA application and get your questions answered via the Cash for College hotline!
     
    Register for this FREE webinar here!
     
    Please have the following documents available during the webinar:
     
    • Your parents and your FSA ID (For FAFSA filers ONLY) or Dream Act Account (For CADAA filers)
    • Driver's License, if you have one
    • Social Security Card, if you have one
    • Alien Registration Card, if you have on
    • ITIN, if you have one
    • List of colleges you are interested in to list on the applications
    • Most current bank statements
    • Any records of untaxed income
    • 2019 tax information (1040’s and W2’s)
    • This includes your parents' tax information if you are a dependent student.
    • Am I an independent or dependent student?
     
    You will have an opportunity to ask questions via chat box (general questions only) or via our Cash for College hotline after the webinar. Please have your FSA ID or Dream Act Account completed and ready for the webinar so you can follow along and complete the application.
     
     
    CSAC Student Aid
       

     
    Financial Aid Presentations 2020-21 (English & Spanish) Presented by Ventura College
      


     Cash for College
     
     
    Starting October 1 through the March 2 Cal Grant deadline, students and families can attend FREE Cash for College workshops across California for help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act (CADAA) and Chafee Grant for Foster Youth applications.
     
    Our mission is to help low-income and first generation college-goers complete the application process so they can access financial aid for education and career/technical training beyond high school.
     
     Resources: Community College Outreach, Colleges, Career Exploration, Saving for College, Student Loans & Responsible Borrowing, California Volunteers, & Workshops ( FAFSA, Dream Act, & Chafee Grant for Foster Youth Applications).
     

     
     
    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
     
     
     
     

    California Dream Act Application

    The California Dream Act Application allows students interested in attending eligible California Colleges, Universities and Career Education Programs to apply for state financial aid. This application is unrelated to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

    California Dream Act Online Application

    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.
     
     

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    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. TYPES OF FINANCIAL AID
     

    What are the Cal Grant Award Amounts

    The Cal Grant award amounts shown below are the yearly maximum amounts based on a full-time enrollment status at a Cal Grant eligible institution. These award amounts are subject to change based on your school’s verification of your eligibility.  These amounts will be divided and paid per term you are attending.  Please see your financial aid office at your school for questions about your final award amounts.
     
    If you are a student who is attending a CA public institution such as a CA State University, University of CA, or CA Community College, and you have dependent children under the age of 18 that you provide 50% or more financial support for, please check out our Students with Dependent Children Program FAQ for information about increased Cal Grant award amounts and answers to frequently asked questions about the program.
     
    Additionally, you may only receive one Cal Grant award at a time.  If you qualify for multiple awards, you will be granted the Cal Grant award that will pay the highest amount over the course of your program, depending on your college of attendance. For more information, please see our related FAQ - Why am I only getting the Cal Grant B even though I qualify for Cal Grant A?
     
    NOTE: Cal Grant payment dates and methods are determined by your Financial Aid Office at your college.  Please check your school’s financial aid website for more information on how and when they will disburse the award amounts.
     
    At a CCC (CA Community College)
    Cal Grant A – $0:  The Cal Grant A does not cover your tuition and fees while attending a community college*, however your award eligibility will be held in reserve for up to two years until you transfer to a four-year college.
     
    Cal Grant B – $1,656*: You can use your $1,656 access award as a living allowance to help pay for books and other community college costs.
     
    Cal Grant C – $1,094: A student must be enrolled in an occupational or technical program to qualify for the Cal Grant C. (e.g. automotive technician, court reporter, etc).  The amount offered can be used for books, tools, equipment, and other community college costs. 
     
    *If you are attending a baccalaureate program at a community college, you may receive funds to help pay for your tuition and fees.  Please contact your Financial Aid Office at the college for more details.
     
     
    At a CSU (California State University)
    Cal Grant A – $5,742: This amount will be applied towards the systemwide tuition and fee cost of the school.
     
    Cal Grant B (freshman year) - $1,656: You can use your $1,656 access award amount as a living allowance to help pay for books and other college costs.  Students are encouraged to follow up with the financial aid office at their school to inquire about other grants they may qualify for that can help cover the base tuition cost, such as the State University Grant (SUG) Program.
     
    Cal Grant B (any other year) - $7,398:This amount includes the access award amount (described above) and an additional amount to cover the systemwide tuition and fees. ($1,656+$5,742= $7,398)
     
    Cal Grant C: Not an available award at this type of institution. The Cal Grant C award is only for students enrolled in occupational or technical programs.
     
     
    At a UC (University of California)
    Cal Grant A – $12,570: This amount will be applied toward the systemwide tuition and fees of the school.
     
    Cal Grant B (freshman year) - $1,656: You can use your $1,656 access award amount as a living allowance to help pay for books and other college costs.  Students are encouraged to follow up with the financial aid office at their school to inquire about other grants they may qualify for that can help cover the base tuition cost, such as the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan.
     
    Cal Grant B (any other year) - $14,226: This amount includes the access award amount (described above) and an additional amount to cover the systemwide tuition/fees. ($1,656+$12,570= $14,226)
     
    Cal Grant C: Not an available award at this type of institution. The Cal Grant C award is only for students enrolled in occupational or technical programs.
     
     
    At a Private Non-Profit School
    Cal Grant A – $9,084: This amount will be applied toward the tuition and fees of the school.
     
    Cal Grant B (freshman year) - $1,656: You can use your $1,656 access award amount as a living allowance to help pay for books and other college costs.  Students are encouraged to follow up with the financial aid office at their school to inquire about other grants they may qualify for that can help cover the base tuition cost.
     
    Cal Grant B (any other year) - $10,740: This amount includes the access amount (described above) and the additional amount provided for tuition and fees. ($1,656+$9,084= $10,740)
     
    Cal Grant C – $3,009: If you are attending a year-round private technical/vocational school ($2,462 + $547 = $3,009).  The $2,462 is applied directly to your Tuition and Fees.  The $547 is an amount designated for books and supplies.
     
     
    At a Private For-Profit School (WASC Accredited)
    Cal Grant A – $8,056: This amount will be applied toward the tuition and fees of the school.
     
    Cal Grant B (freshman year) - $1,656: You can use your $1,656 access award amount as a living allowance to help pay for books and other college costs.  Students are encouraged to follow up with the financial aid office at their school to inquire about other grants they may qualify for that can help cover the base tuition cost.
     
    Cal Grant B (any other year) – $9,728: This amount includes the access amount (described above) and the additional amount provided for tuition and fees. ($1,656+$8,056= $9,712)
     
    Cal Grant C – $3,009: If you are attending a year-round private technical/vocational school ($2,462 + $547 = $3,009).  The $2,462 is applied directly to your Tuition and Fees.  The $547 is an amount designated for books and supplies.
     
     
    At a Private For-Profit School (Non WASC Accredited)
    Cal Grant A – $4,000: This amount will be applied toward the tuition and fees of the school.
     
    Cal Grant B (freshman year) - $1,656: You can use your $1,656 access award amount as a living allowance to help pay for books and other college costs.  Students are encouraged to follow up with the financial aid office at their school to inquire about other grants they may qualify for that can help cover the base tuition cost.
     
    Cal Grant B (any other year) - $5,656: This amount includes the access amount (described above) and the additional amount provided for tuition and fees. ($1,656+$4,000= $5,656)
     
    Cal Grant C – $3,009: If you are attending a year-round private technical/vocational school ($2,462 + $547 = $3,009).  The $2,462 is applied directly to your Tuition and Fees.  The $547 is an amount designated for books and supplies.
     
     

    4. 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)


     
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