The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a federal form for financial aid that is accepted by most schools. The information you provide will be used to figure the amount your family can afford to contribute toward your education (also known as your EFC: estimated family contribution).
The FAFSA for college attendance beginning Fall of 2021 can be filed beginning on October 1, 2020, using your 2019 tax year information.
If your financial or living situation has significantly changed since 2019, you will still be required to use your 2019 information, then follow up with a call to each of your colleges' financial aid offices to explain your situation. You will be asked for documentation.
Financial aid deadlines vary by college, but if you file your FAFSA by December you should be in no danger of missing a deadline. If you are unsure, check your college's website.
Your Cal Grant GPA will be uploaded to the California Student Aid
Commission during fall semester of Senior year. This gpa is calculated differently
than most gpa's you've seen, but should be close to what you normally
know as your cumulative gpa. There is nothing you need to do, no
paperwork to fill out.
What you DO need to do is follow up! It is important for you
monitor your Cal Grant status and make sure your GPA actually made it
all the way into the state's database. Remember, a missed deadline is a
missed deadline, even if it wasn't your fault. After you file your FAFSA. visit webgrants4students
to verify your status - you'll need to create a profile. If anything
you see (or don't see) worries you, ask Mrs. Yurkovic or your Counselor
to help you figure it out.