Financial Aid

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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 January 1
     
    Step 1: Request a PIN -www.pin.ed.gov
     
    If you plan to submit your FAFSA online, you (and one of your parents) can request a PIN from the U.S. Department of Education. With a PIN you can apply and “sign” the FAFSA online, check the status of your submitted FAFSA, and make corrections.
     
    Step 2: Use the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet -www.fafsa.ed.gov
     
    This tool will help you gather the information needed on the official FAFSA.
     
    Step 3: Financial Aid Deadlines -http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/deadlines.htm
     
    College and state deadlines tend to be earlier than the federal deadline (many are as early as February or March) and may require an application in addition to the FAFSA. Play it safe—collect these dates and information early.
     
    Step 4: Access FAFSA on the Web
     
    Complete your FAFSA on the Internet. Apply as soon as you can (after January 1) because funding can be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • A. TERMS
     
    FAMILY CONTRIBUTION
    • Money a family is expected to pay
    • Remains constant regardless of cost
     
    GRANT - This is free money.
    • Money provided that does not have to be repaid
    • Grants may come in the form of money from the state of California (Cal Grant) or from the federal government (Pell Grant).
    • Certain eligibility requirements apply.
     
    WORK STUDY - This is free money, but it comes in the form of a job.
    • Campus job to defray school costs
    • You must select YES on the FAFSA or Dream Act application in order to be considered.  Work Study is often dependent on need.
    • This money will be included in your financial aid package that is prepared for you once you submit your Statement of Intent to Register. 
    • Your school will contact you when jobs are available and you will have a chance to choose a job once school starts in the Fall.
     
    LOAN - This is NOT free money.
    • You will have to pay it back! Pay attention to payment options. You can begin making payments while in school but not until 6 months after your last day of college. So, if you take a break from school before you graduate you will have to start paying. Low, simple interest student loans are available which do not have to be repaid until six months after you complete school.
    • These loans are usually offered at a lower interest rate and can help offset the immediate cost of college.
    • Loans are also available from lending institutions and the federal government, for example, at various rates and payback plans.
    • When accepting a loan, consider your career goal and the income the type of entry-level job would offer since you will need to start paying back the loan soon after graduation.


  • B. TYPES OF FINANCIAL AID
     
    FEDERAL (PELL GRANT)
    • Does not have to be repaid
    • For undergraduates with exceptional need
    • Everyone who completes a FAFSA form will be evaluated for eligibility
     
    STATE (CAL GRANT)www.calgrants.org
    To be eligible for a Cal Grant, students must have their Social Security Number on file at their local high school. It is imperative, therefore, that Social Security Numbers are correct.
     
    Cal Grant A
    • Helps high-achieving, low- and middle-income students who demonstrate financial need pay their college tuition and fees
    • Funding is available for up to four years for baccalaureate candidates and five years for teaching credential candidates
     
    Cal Grant B
    • Provides a living allowance and tuition and fee support to very low-income, disadvantaged students
    • First year recipients normally receive only a living allowance
    • Funding is available for up to four years for baccalaureate candidates and five years for teaching credential candidates
     
    Cal Grant C
    • Provides tuition and fee grants, and funds for supplies for students training for vocational careers
    • Funding is available for up to 24 months, depending on the length of the program
     
    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.


  • C. 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)
     
     

California Dream Act

  • Filing period for the Dream Act Application is October 1- March 2nd

    Allows AB540 eligible students to apply for and receive:

    • Privately funded scholarships at public colleges and universities
    • Instituional financial aid, such as UC Grant, State University Grants, EOP and EOPS grants and fee waivers, and community college BOG fee waivers
    • State financial aid such as Cal Grants and Chafee Grants

    You are an AB540 eligible student if you:

    • Attended a CA high school for 3 or more years
    • Grauduated from a CA high school or attained the equivalent
    • Registered or are currently enrolled at an accredited CA college or university; and
    • Filed an affidavit with your college or university stating that you have or intend to file an application to legalize your immigration status, if applicable

    At the following link, you will find the Dream Act application and worksheet: dream.csac.ca.gov

    The GPA verification will be submitted by the school. Student will only then need to complete the Dream Act application.

    For California Dream Act Financial Aid information, go to: www.caldreamact.org 

FAFSA and Dream Act Workshops