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FAFSA

In order to be considered for federal and state student aid, seniors must file a FAFSA. The application is FREE. The application is available online starting October 1st. Students and parents must complete the FAFSA together because it asks for parents and student income information. Students who qualify for aid may be awarded grants, work-study and/or loans.

Application Timeline for 2018-2019

October 1, 2017 – Application available

  • Apply for FSA ID (both student and one parent will need to apply separately)

  • Apply for 2018-2019 FAFSA

  • Create WebGrants4Students account after submitting FAFSA, to check if you awarded Cal Grant or Middle Class Scholarship

  • GPA Verification is automatically uploaded by the district.

March 2, 2018 – Priority deadline for Cal Grant Eligibility.

Note: Private colleges may request for the FAFSA by an earlier date.

Quick Links
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​​

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