FAFSA = FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID
•Mandatory application for federal and state aid
•No cost to apply (includes submitting information to six schools of your choice)
•For public and private schools
•Filing period Begins October 1
Step 1: Create a FSA ID - www.fsa-id.ed.gov
If you plan to submit your FAFSA online, you need to create a FSA ID from the U.S. Department of Education. With your user ID you can apply and “sign” the FAFSA online, check the status of your submitted FAFSA, and make corrections.
Step 2: Use the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet - www.fafsa.ed.gov
This tool will help you gather the information needed on the official FAFSA.
Step 3: Financial Aid Deadlines - http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/deadlines.htm
College and state deadlines tend to be earlier than the federal deadline (many are as early as February or March) and may require an application in addition to the FAFSA. Play it safe—collect these dates and information early.
Step 4: Access FAFSA on the Web
Complete your FAFSA on the Internet. Apply as soon as you can (after October 1) because funding can be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
More Information About FAFSA - http://studentaid.ed.gov/
Learn more about applying to schools, exploring careers, types of financial aid, qualifying for financial aid, how it is calculated, prepare for college, and much more.
College Students and Parents: What You Need to Know About the 2017–18 FAFSA®
What’s changing for 2017–18?
Starting with the 2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), these changes will be in effect:
• You’ll be able to submit your FAFSA® earlier. You can file your 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling you to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.
• You’ll use earlier income and tax information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, you—and your parent(s), as appropriate—will report your 2015 income and tax information, rather than your 2016 income and tax information.
The following table provides a summary of key dates as we transition to using the early FAFSA submission timeframe and earlier tax information.
When a Student Is Attending College (School Year)
When a Student Can Submit a FAFSA
Which Year’s Income and Tax Information Is Required
July 1, 2015–June 30, 2016 January 1, 2015–June 30, 2016 2014
July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017 January 1, 2016–June 30, 2017 2015
July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018 October 1, 2016–June 30, 2018 2015
July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019 October 1, 2017–June 30, 2019 201
The California DREAM Act of 2011 is the result of two bills, Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130) and Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131). Together, these bills allow undocumented and documented students who meet certain provisions of AB 540 to apply for and receive Cal Grants and Board of Governor's Fee Waivers at community colleges as well as institutional aid at California colleges and universities.
For comprehensive information about the California DREAM Act, including access to the application materials, important dates, and instructions, please visit http://www.caldreamact.org