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California Dream Act Application is due March 2, 2023.
An overview of how to fill out the 2022-23 FAFSA:
What is the FAFSA?
The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is used by most colleges to determine financial aid assistance.
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?
No. 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?
You (not your parent) must be a US citizen or permanent resident
You (not your parent) must have a Social Security number
When should I apply for the 2022-23 FAFSA?
Beginning October 1, 2021. Many schools award money first come, first served, so it's best to submit early.
What questions will I have to answer on the FAFSA?
You'll need your parents (and your) tax information for 2020.  
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 if you are undocumented?
You will fill out the CAlifornia Dream Act Application (CADAA). It also opens Oct 1, 2021
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.  
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 Fee waivers are available.
Need help completing Financial Aid Applications?
Every year during the financial aid application season, from October 1st to March 2nd, L.A. Cash for College partners with schools and organizations to host more than 150 workshops at community locations across Los Angeles. At these workshops, students and their families receive assistance to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), California Dream Act Application, or Chafee Grant Application to access thousands of dollars in financial aid resources.