Financial Aid Resources

FAFSA
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the MAIN application students fill out to be eligible for financial aid. Even if families do not qualify for a lot of free federal monies, colleges use this application to verify financial and demographic information of the student to see if they are eligible for both internal scholarships. It is VERY important to fill this out! Filling out the FAFSA is also necessary to qualify for free money from California (Cal Grants), which are not only based on family need, but also student academic achievement.
 
The official FAFSA website is: FAFSA Info
The link to the FAFSA application: FAFSA Application
AB540 Resources
Many students arrive from different countries when they are young, and do not have social security numbers to apply for financial aid through the FAFSA application. That has changed with the Dream Act legislation. Students who fall into this category are commonly known as AB540 students, with AB540 referring to the piece of legislation that allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition to colleges and universities, instead of non-resident fees, which are much more costly. Here is more information about AB540: AB540
 
The official link to the Dream Application is: Dream Application
Cal Grants
Cal Grants are free monies for only California residents. In order to qualify for Cal Grants, each student must fill out the FAFSA. There are three types of Cal Grants.
Cal Grant A: Based on financial need, but there is also some money set aside for students with a minimum 3.0GPA, which may not meet the financial need requirements.
Cal Grant B: Based on financial need, but there is also some money set aside for students with a minimum 2.0GPA, which may not meet the financial need requirements.
Cal Grant C: There is not GPA minimum required, though 2.0 GPA minimum is encouraged. This Cal Grant is specifically for vocational/trade school students.
There are VERY limited number of competitive (GPA-based) Cal Grants. The priority deadline for Cal Grants is March 2nd. If you submit your FAFSA afer this date, you will not be a priority student.
 
More Cal Grant Info here: Cal Grant
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