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Financial Aid

 
What is the FAFSA?
The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
 
Why apply for the FAFSA?
Many the US Department of Education and many states use the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for federal, state aid or school aid. (Grants, Loans and Work-Study).  Your FAFSA determines if you are eligible for student aid.
 
If a student completes the FAFSA, are they require to take out loans?
Completing the FAFSA does not obligate students or parents to accept student loans or any other form of financial aid.
 
Who is eligible to apply for the FAFSA?
Must be a US citizen
Must have a Social Security number
Must be enrolled seeking a degree or certificate
Must not be in default on a loan
 
When should I apply for the 2020 - 2021 FAFSA?
Beginning October 1, 2019.
 
What questions will I have to answer on the FAFSA?
The FAFSA questions are all on the FAFSA on the Web worksheet (a helpful tool that explains each section! Very user friendly!) The worksheet can be completed before sitting down to file the FAFSA. By completing the FAFSA on the Web worksheet, students and parents can have all of the answers ready. 
 
What is the Dream Act?
The California Dream Act Application allows undocumented students interested in attending eligible California Colleges, Universities and Career Education Programs to apply for state financial aid.  
 
Undocumented students Can NOT apply for financial aid using the FAFSA. You must complete the DREAM Act application. See the instructions listed below for the California Dream Act Application.
 
What is the Cal Grant?
A Cal Grant is money for college you don’t have to pay back. To qualify, you must apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by the deadline and meet the eligibility and financial requirements as well as any minimum GPA requirements. Cal Grants can be used at any University of California, California State University or California Community College, as well as qualifying independent and career colleges or technical schools in California.  LAUSD will upload your GPA.
 
CSS /Financial Aid Profile: Seniors applying to private universities need to complete the online CSS Profile no later than November 1 for Early Decision and Early Action applications and no later than December 1 for Regular Decision applications. Check specific colleges for extended deadlines. The profile allows students to report their financial and family circumstance information in one streamlined application and submit it to all the colleges that require it for scholarship and grant consideration. Apply on-line at www.collegeboard.com