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FAFSA

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FAFSA: Application to be considered for federal and state aid
FSA Videos: Short YouTube clips on how to complete the FAFSA
Myths about Financial Aid
Cal Grant: Need-based aid awarded to CA students attending CA colleges
Middle Class Scholarship (MCS): Scholarship for students with family incomes/assets up to $165,000; student must attend UC or CSU campus
WebGrants4Students: Create an account after filing FAFSA to check for Cal Grant and/or MCS award

Financial Aid Websites
Reference Guide: Cal Grant & Other State Aid
College Cost Comparison
College Scorecard
Federal Aid Eligibility
Info for Parents
Types of Aid

FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES

FAFSA: Dependency Status
FAFSA: Who is my Parent?
Federal Aid Eligibility
Financial Aid Process
Financial Aid Workshop PPT
Loan Basics for Parents
Loan Basics for Students
Types of Aid

FINANCIAL AID MYTHS

“My parents make too much money so I won’t qualify for aid.”
There is no income cut-off to qualify for federal student aid. Many factors besides income are taken into account. In addition, some schools won’t even consider you for merit-based scholarships until you have submitted the FAFSA. Don’t assume… fill out the FAFSA and find out.

“Only students with good grades get aid.”
Most federal aid programs do not take grades into account. Provided you maintain satisfactory academic progress in college, you’ll continue to receive aid.

“The FAFSA is too hard to fill out.”
The FAFSA is easier than ever. There are instructions for every question, and if you need help you can ask representatives via online chat. Most students complete the FAFSA in just 23 minutes!

Resources

FAFSA4caster: Free financial aid calculator that provides estimate of your financial aid eligibility; Recommended for juniors.

I Can Afford College (CA): Comprehensive information on financial aid

CA DREAM Act Application: Financial aid application for undocumented students

ECMC: Financial aid resource guides

Federal Student Aid: Information, videos and resources from U.S. Department of Education

CFPB: Tool to compare financial aid offers side by side