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FAFSA & Financial Aid
what is FAFSA/CADAA?
Which Application Do I Apply to?
- You are a U.S. Citizen or an eligible noncitizen;
- You have a valid Social Security number (with the exception of students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau);
- You plan to be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at a college or career school (trade/vocational)
- Are Undocumented
- Have a valid or expired DACA status
- Are a U Visa holder
- Have Temporary protected Status (TPS)
- Meet the non-resident exemption requirements under AB 540
- You plan to be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at a college or career school (trade/vocational) in the state of California.
Step1: Utilize the FAFSA Checklist
Step 2: Create an FSA ID for you and one parent at fsaid.gov (this should be done at least a week prior to applying for FAFSA)
Step 3: Complete your FAFSA Application
Subscribe to the Federal Student Aid Youtube channel for helpful videos/tutorials.
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.
Financial Aid Links
- Filling Out the FAFSA Resource Page
- "Who is My Parent When Filling Out the FAFSA?"
- "Am I A Dependent or Independent Student?"
- Cal Grant info (EDHS electronically uploads GPA's for all Seniors in the fall without use of a paper form.)
- Webgrants for Students - Students should create an account & check that their GPA came through.
- California Dream Act website
- California Dream Act Information - great info for DACA & AB540 students
- U.S. Department of Education: College Affordability and Transparency Center
- U.S. Department of Education: Financial Aid Toolkit
- CSS Profile - a few colleges require this financial aid application, in addition to the FAFSA. (Your college will let you know.)