All college-bound seniors are encouraged to apply for financial aid even if you think you don't qualify. After you submit the FAFSA, you will be considered for federal and state grants, loans, work study, and college-based aid. Colleges use the FAFSA to award their own grants and scholarships as well.
California Student Aid Commission - Cal Grant. CAL Grant GPA
will be electronically uploaded to the California Student Aid Commission by October 1st through Virtual Academy (see Mrs. Patty Braun at the front desk). GPAs are uploaded unless you opt-out. To be considered for a Cal Grant, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens October 1st - March 2nd.
For additional information regarding Cal Grant and GPA requirement click here.
Each year, more than $2 billion of financial aid goes unclaimed. To get this money, all students need to do is fill out one form: FAFSA is a (Free Application for Federal Student Aid.) Everyone who is applying for financial aid must complete the FAFSA. It is recommended that students and parent(s) get FSA ID, made up of a username and password to access U.S. Department of Education websites.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid - Click on the Logo!
After you file your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application, go on-line and check the status of your Cal Grant application by logging on to WebGrants for Students and create an account. This site will provide you with resources, information and tools to assist you with college financial aid process.
The information you put on your FAFSA application is used to calculate your EFC - Expected Family Contribution. Colleges use the EFC to determine how much financial aid to award you.
Every college website has an EFC calculator to help you estimate what your contribution will be.
Here's a summary of key dates for submitting the FAFSA depending on when you plan to go to school:
Types of Financial Aid
Here are the four most popular types of financial aid:
1.Types of Aid - There are 3 types of aid: Grants/Scholarships, Loans, and Work Study
Grants-Money that doesn't have to be paid back. Typically they are given to athletics,academics, special talent, need-based, etc.
Loans - These must be repaid. Two types of loans are: Federal Student Loans (unsubsidized loan - the interests accrues while you are in school, you pay it back after you graduate.
Subsidized loan, the government pays the interest while you are in school.)
Work Study - Work study allows colleges to hire students for employment to pay their own way as they attend college. You do not repay the money you have earned.
2.Sources of Aid - There are 3 sources of aid: Federal/State, Institutional, and Organizational.
Federal/State - Both federal and state governments offer aid to eligible students.
Institutional - Many colleges, especially private institutions, provide aid to their students.
Organizational - Many companies and organizations provide scholarships for students.
3.The Process - There are only a few steps to getting financial aid.
FAFSA: Federal and state aid is determined through the FAFSA which can be submitted at
www.fafsa.gov in the student's senior year. Be sure to indicate interest in work study.
Everyone should fill out the FAFSA regardless of desire or need for aid!
Institutional Aid: Most schools consider students for aid based on their application alone.
Some will require a separate application for certain scholarships or require you to submit a
CSS Profile, which is similar to FAFSA.
Scholarships: Search and apply to organizational scholarships regularly. Ask
companies/organizations your parents are part of. There are scholarships for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors too!
(Additional resources to help you understand the financial aid process)
BOG Fee Waiver(California Community College) - Permits enrollment fees to be waived and assist with purchases of books and supplies). Forms are available through icanaffordcollege website.
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California Community Colleges
California Cash 4 College (Find out where there is a FREE Cash for College workshops across California to help you complete your FAFSA.)
Colleges that claim to Meet Full Financial Need. http://blog.collegegreenlight.com/blog/colleges-that-meet-100-of-student-financial-need/
Federal Financial Aid
(Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Teach Grants, California Chafee Grant, Child Development Grant, Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant)
CSS Profile-College Board - The following colleges, universities, and scholarship programs use PROFILE, Noncustodial PROFILE, and/or IDOC as part of their financial aid process . Almost 400 colleges and scholarships require the PROFILE.