Financial Aid

Deadlines


  • October 1 – FAFSA Application Opens
  • October 1 – Dream Act Application Opens
  • March 2 – FAFSA and CA Dream Act Applications Close

FAFSA Information


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (known as the FAFSA) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid. The main sources of financial aid are federal and state grants and loans. (Reword this to sound nicer)

FAFSA Home Page

Grant Information


Federal Grants
Federal Grant Information

Cal Grants
Cal Grant Information

Loan Information


Loan Information

FSA ID Information


You must complete the following steps to obtain an FSA ID:

  • When logging in to one of the websites listed above, click the link to create an FSA ID.
  • Create a username and password, and enter your e-mail address.
  • Enter your name, date of birth, Social Security number, contact information, and challenge questions and answers.
  • If you have a Federal Student Aid PIN, you will be able to enter it and link it to your FSA ID. You can still create an FSA ID if you have forgotten or do not have a PIN.
  • Review your information, and read and accept the terms and conditions.
  • Confirm your e-mail address using the secure code, which will be sent to the e-mail address you entered when you created your FSA ID. Once you verify your e-mail address, you can use it instead of your username to log in to the websites.

Special Circumstances


For foster youth looking to file their FAFSA, click here for more information.

For homeless youth looking to file their FAFSA, click here for more information.

Start the FAFSA


Make sure to have the following materials ready before you begin the FAFSA:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Your parents’ Social Security number if you are providing parent information*
  • Your driver’s license number*
  • Federal tax information or tax returns including IRS W-2 information, for you (and your spouse, if you are married), and for your parents if you are providing parent information
  • Records of your untaxed income, such as child support received, interest income, and veterans noneducation benets, for you, and for your parents if you are providing parent information
  • Information on cash; savings and checking account balances; investments, including real estate but not including the home in which you live; and business and farm assets for you, and for your parents if you are providing parent information

*Only if applicable

Note: Make sure to fill out the FAFSA for the term 2017-2018. The year refers to the term when you will be provided the financial aid rather than the current term.


CA Dream Act Information


The California DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act is a package of California state laws that allow children who were brought into the US under the age of 16 without proper visas/immigration documentation who have attended school on a regular basis and otherwise meet in-state tuition and GPA requirements to apply for student financial aid benefits. Students eligible for financial aid under these laws are not elgible for financial aid. Their financial aid comes from two sources: Cal Grants and Dream Loans.

Dream Act Home Page

Cal Grant Information


More Cal Grant Information

Dream Loans


More Dream Loan Information

Start the Dream Act Application


Make sure you have the following materials before you get started:

  • Your DACA Social Security number*
  • Your parents’ Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification
    Numbers (ITIN) if you are providing parent information*
  • Your driver’s license number*
  • W-2 forms and other 2015 records of income (if you or your parents have any)
  • 2015 income tax return (s) (if you or your parents have one) 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 paid (if applicable)
  • Current bank statements (if applicable)
  • Current stock, bond, and other investment records (if applicable)
  • Current business and farm records (if applicable)

*Only if applicable