• 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 1

    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
     

     
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    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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    Welcome to the College Affordability and Transparency Center Start here to find information about how much it costs students to attend different colleges, how fast those costs are going up, and information related to why costs are going up.  http://collegecost.ed.gov/



    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 = REQUIRED FORM FOR SOME PRIVATE COLLEGES
    • Connect to the College Board Online at http://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile and you can complete the application on the World Wide Web. You must have a valid credit card to apply online.
    • CSS will send you an acknowledgment after processing your application.
    • GPA VERIFICATION
    • This is the application used for the CAL GRANT (A, B and C)
    • Use for public and private schools
    • To be eligible for a Cal Grant, students must have their Social Security Number on file at Troy. Our Registrar will submit the required Cal Grant GPA Verification on diskette for all seniors. It is imperative, therefore, that Social Security Numbers are correct.
     
         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 is a Cal Grant?
     
    A Cal Grant is money for college you don’t have to pay back. To qualify, you must meet the eligibility and financial requirements as well as any minimum GPA requirements. Cal Grants can be used at any University of California, California State University or California Community College, as well as qualifying independent and career colleges or technical schools in California.
    There are three kinds of Cal Grants — A, B and C — but you don’t have to figure out which one to apply for. Your eligibility will be based on your FAFSA responses, your verified Cal Grant GPA, the type of California colleges you list on your FAFSA and whether you’re a recent high school graduate. To learn more about the qualifications, go to Calgrants.org.
    Headed to a four-year college?
     
    Cal Grant A
    • Will help pay for Tuition and Fees at Four-Year Colleges
    • Award amounts vary by type of college — for 2016-2017, Cal Grants are up to $12,240 at a University of California campus, up to $5,472 at a California State University campus, and up to $9,084 at independent colleges
    • Has a GPA requirement. If you’re applying using your high school GPA, you must have at least a 3.0 GPA; if applying using your college GPA, you must have at least a 2.4 GPA
    • Requires that your course of study leads directly to an associate or bachelor’s degree, or qualifies you for transfer from a community college to a bachelor’s degree program 
    Cal Grant B
    • Provides a living allowance of up to $1,656, in addition to tuition and fee assistance after the first year, at a two- or four-year college
    • Pays most first-year students a living allowance only, which may be used to pay living expenses, books, supplies and transportation, as well as tuition and fees
    • When renewed or awarded beyond your first year, you’ll receive the living allowance as well as a tuition and fee award (up to $12,240 at a UC campus, up to $5,472 at a CSU campus and up to $9,084 at independent colleges for 2016-2017)
    • Requires at least a 2.0 GPA
     
    Cal Grant C
    • Assists with the costs of a Technical or Career Education
    • Provides up to $547 for books, tools and equipment—and up to $2,462 more for tuition and fees if you’ll be attending a school other than a California Community College (community colleges don’t charge tuition and your fees will be waived as a Cal Grant recipient)
    • Is available for up to two year
     
    LOCAL (SCHOLARSHIPS)
    •  A large variety of scholarships are available based on need and/or merit
    •  Advertised in Senior Newsletter which is distributed to English and Social Studies classes
     
    SCHOOL-BASED
    •  Colleges and Universities offer their own financial awards based on merit and/or need
    •  Check with college Financial Aid Office for details

    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)


     
    Apply for Scholarships
     
    Scholarships are gifts. They don't need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.
     
     

     
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