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Financial Aid

Figuring out how to pay for college can be a daunting and overwhelming task.  Below is a quick overview of areas to research when applying to college.  Attend the FREE workshops hosted by the CCC and Cash4College Workshops through the local community colleges, that will help you get a handle on all that might be available to your student-FAFSA/Dream Act, CSS Profile, Loans, Merit Aid, Scholarships, Work Study, and more. 

 

FAFSA
The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is government hosted financial aid form that is required for federal grants and loans. It is also used for many state grant programs. In addition, many colleges use the FAFSA as a base for school-based scholarships too. It opens October 1st and the priority deadline for Cal Grant is March 2nd. Bottom line: you should complete the FAFSA, and you should do it early. It is free to complete and is worth your time. Click here to go to the FAFSA.
DREAM ACT
The California Dream Act is a state-run program that offers financial aid to non-resident immigrants of the United States. If you are a non-citizen, you may still be eligible for financial aid. While you cannot complete a FAFSA, you can and should complete the Dream Act! Know that information provided on the Dream Act is only shared with the California Student Aid Commission and will not be given to any other government agency. It is also separate from the federally-run DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program.  For more information, go here: https://dream.csac.ca.gov/.
CSS PROFILE
For most, the FAFSA is step one in getting financial aid for college. It makes you eligible for state and federal aid, as well as some school-based aid. In order to qualify for financial aid at roughly 300 private schools, The CSS Profile is step two.

The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® (The PROFILE) is required by many private schools (in addition to the FAFSA) in order for financial aid consideration. The deadline for its submission is often quite early (November or December), but varies by school. This form is also longer than the FAFSA--but fear not! Because the private schools that require the Profile are often well endowed, this form is worth the time it takes to complete. Private schools often have great financial aid packages to offer students. For more information on the CSS/Financial Aid click on the following: https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/
OTHER
Beyond the FAFSA, Dream Act, and CSS Profile, some other colleges require their own institutional forms. Check with your individual colleges to make sure you're not missing any financial aid applications.

 

FAFSA

FAFSA (application opens Oct of your senior year) "Free Application for Federal Student Aid"

If you are prompted to pay for the website to submit the FAFSA on your behalf, you are on a SCAM website.  Make sure to go to www.FAFSA.ed.gov to complete the application.

  • The FAFSA is due by March 2nd for Cal Grant Consideration, HOWEVER, please check with each individual colleges' financial aid departments, as they may have earlier deadlines to complete financial aid forms. 
    • Some colleges require that you submit the FAFSA during the fall for consideration for merit-based financial aid. Don't let a missed deadline keep you from being eligible for aid!
  • Please apply your senior year and every year after, even if you or your parents think you won't qualify.  If you don't apply for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), you will be shutting the door for other options (i.e. certain loans, school specific aid, etc).
  • Check out the FAFSA Calculator to get an estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid by providing basic information.  Your estimate will be shown in the "College Cost Worksheet" where you can also provide estimated amounts of other student aid and savings that can go towards your college education.

WHEN CALCULATING THE FAFSA, ONLY INCLUDE THE REQUIRED INFORMATION IN YOUR ASSETS.  ASSET NET WORTH MEANS CURRENT VALUE OF THE ASSETS MINUS WHAT IS OWED ON THOSE ASSETS.

 


 

 

Cal Grant Awards

-Cal Grant -

a financial aid program administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) providing aid to California undergraduates, vocational training students, and those in teacher certification programs.  Cal Grants are the largest source of California state funded student financial aid and are mostly based on financial need.  All you need to to to be eligible for Cal Grant consideration is complete the FAFSA.  SSHS will automatically send in a G.P.A. release form to ensure your eligibility.

  • To be eligible for any Cal Grant, the FAFSA needs to be filed no later than March 2nd.  In addition, the student must:
    • Be CA Resident or AB 540 eligible
    • Be a US Citizen or eligible non-citizen or AB 540 eligible
    • Meet Selective Service requirements (if male)
    • Attend a Cal Grant eligible school
    • Not have earned a bachelor's degree
    • Not be in grant repayment or in default on a student loan
    • Not be incarcerated
    • Enroll at least half-time to receive payment
    • Maintain satisfactory academic progress to receive payment
    • MAKE SURE THAT WHEN FILING THE FAFSA, THAT YOU LIST A CALIFORNIA SCHOOL IN THE NUMBER ONE SLOT IN ORDER FOR THE CAL GRANT MONIES TO BE CALCULATED INTO YOUR FINANCIAL AID PACKAGE.  THE STUDENT IS ONLY ELIGIBLE FOR THESE MONIES IF THEY ATTEND A CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY

Cal Grant Award Types:

  • ​Cal Grant A
    • will help pay for tuition and fees at four-year colleges
    • award amounts vary by type of college-for 2016/2017, Cal Grants are up to $12,240 at a University of California campus, up to $5,472 at a California State University Campus, and up to $9,084 at independent colleges
    • has a GPA requirement.  If you are applying using your high school GPA, you must have at least a 3.0 GPA; if applying using your college GPA, you must have at least a 2.4 GPA
    • requires that your course of study leads directly to an associate or bachelor's degree, or qualifies you for transfer from a community college to a bachelor's degree program

 

  • Cal Grant B​​​​​​​
    • provides a living allowance of up to $1,656, in addition to tuition and fee assistance after the first year, at a two- or four-year college
    • pays most first-year students a living allowance only, which may be used to pay living expenses, books, supplies and transportation, as well as tuition and fees
    • when renewed or awarded beyond your first year, you’ll receive the living allowance as well as a tuition and fee award (up to $12,240 at a UC campus, up to $5,472 at a CSU campus and up to $9,084 at independent colleges for 2016-2017)
    • requires at least a 2.0 GPA

 

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Cal Grant C Award: For students who are pursuing an Associate Degree or Certificate at a vocational, occupational, or technical school.
    • is available for up to two years
    • provides up to $547 for books, tools, and equipment-and up to $2,462 more for tuition and fees if you'll be attending a school other than a California Community College (community colleges do not charge tuition and your fees will be waived as a Cal Grant recipient
    • ​​​​​​​assists with the costs of a technical or career education

California Student Aid Commission Income Ceilings


 

CSS Profile

The CSS Profile form is administered by the College Scholarship Service (a financial aid division of College Board).  It is required by many private colleges and universities to determine eligibility for non-government financial aid (i.e. institutional aid, grants, loans, and scholarships).  Check the list of CSS Profile participating colleges here to see if your school requires the CSS profile.  You will also need to apply your senior year and every year after, even if you or your parents think you won't qualify.