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Financial Aid

Financial Aid helps students and families cover college expenses, such as tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. There are several types of financial aid you will be considered for, depending on if you meet eligibility requirements. Your financial aid application will be sent to the schools you list and the college/university will determine your eligibility.

 

The first step to apply for financial aid is to complete ONE of the following applications:

If you are a 12th grade senior, you should complete the financial aid application beginning October 1. The  deadline to submit the application is March 2nd. Both applications are FREE!

 

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FAFSA

If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, you may complete the FAFSA to apply for financial aid for all 2-year and 4-year colleges/universities in the United States.  The application is free and colleges/universities will use this information to determine a financial aid award package.

Website: FAFSA.GOV

Timeline: Submit the FAFSA between October 1 - March 2 of your senior year

Documents Needed: Income tax returns from prior-prior year, W-2 forms and other income records, current bank statements, mortgage information, records of benefits from federal & state agencies, and social security numbers for both the student and his/her parents.

Create an FSA ID account: Before you start your FAFSA, both student and parent (SSN required) will need to create an FSA ID account at FSAID.GOV. Click here for instructions on how to create an FSA ID account.

Complete the FAFSA form Online: The only site you should use to complete the FAFSA is FAFSA.gov. There is no charge for submitting the form. The website also has the most up-to-date information on upcoming changes. Don't forget to have your parent sign the FAFSA form using their FSA ID.
FAFSA

 

  • The FAFSA will require you to list at least one college to send your FAFSA information to. Since you probably will not have been accepted to any colleges yet, you'll have to list all the colleges you applied to in the fall.
  • The FAFSA only allows a student to list up to 10 colleges to send their FAFSA information to so make sure you list your top 10 choices first. Don't worry if you applied to more than 10 colleges, you'll be able to list more colleges later on.
  • Always list your most expensive California college first.
  • After you submit your FAFSA, you’ll get your Student Aid Report (SAR) from Federal Student Aid. Your SAR is a document that gives your basic information about the data you submitted. Be sure to check the comment section that may have important information.
  • Once you've verified that all the information on your SAR is correct then you can log back into your FAFSA and delete the previous 10 colleges and add 10 more colleges to have your FAFSA information sent to them also.
  • If you were accepted to a college that you listed on your FAFSA then you will soon receive a financial aid award letter. The financial aid award letter will show you which types (grants, loans, scholarships, etc.) of financial aid you are eligible to receive and the amount that you were awarded. You will receive an award letter only from the colleges that you have been accepted to. Some college financial aid offices may ask for additional documentation such as a copy of your parents' federal income tax return or residency verification before they will send you an award letter.

    FAFSA Contact Information
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Dream

 

The CADAA is used by undocumented students who meet the non-resident exemption requirements

under AB 540. The application can be found at https://dream.csac.ca.gov.  The California Student Aid

Commission (CSAC) processes the application and any aid received can only be used at eligible

California public or private institutions. Assembly Bill 540 allows students that have been born outside the United States that graduate from high school and completed a minimum of 3 years of high school in California to enroll in college as residents for tuition purposes.

The Dream Act will allow students that qualify under AB 540 to apply for state financial aid, campus- based aid and scholarships.

You are eligible to complete the CADAA at https://dream.csac.ca.gov if you are:

  • Undocumented
  • Have a valid or expired DACA
  • U Visa holders
  • Have Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
 

Website: https://dream.csac.ca.gov/

Timeline: Submit your FAFSA between October 1-March 2 of your senior year

Documents Needed: Income tax returns from prior-prior year, W-2 forms and other income records, current bank statements, mortgage information, records of benefits from federal & state agencies.

Dream Act Frequently Asked Questions

Complete the Dream Application: Complete the application online at https://dream.csac.ca.gov
CADAA

  • The CADAA will require you to list at least one college to send your CADAA information to. Since you probably will not have been accepted to any colleges, yet you'll have to list all the colleges you applied to in the fall.
  • The CADAA only allows a student to list up to 10 colleges to send their CADAA information to so make sure you list your top 10 choices first. Don't worry if you applied to more than 10 colleges, you'll be able to list more colleges later on.
  • Always list your most expensive California college first.
  • After you submit your CADAA, you’ll get your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the California Student Aid Commission. Your SAR is a document that gives your basic information about the data you submitted. Be sure to check the comment section that may have important information.
  • Once you've verified that all the information on your SAR is correct then you can log back into your CADAA and delete the previous 10 colleges and add 10 more colleges to have your CADAA information sent to them also.
  • If you were accepted to a college that you listed on your CADAA then you will soon receive a financial aid award letter. The financial aid award letter will show you which types (grants, loans, scholarships, etc.) of financial aid you are eligible to receive and the amount that you were awarded. You will receive an award letter only from the colleges that you have been accepted to. Some college financial aid offices may ask for additional documentation such as a copy of your parents' federal income tax return or residency verification before they will send you an award letter.


 
 
 
 

The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE is an additional financial aid application required by certain private colleges/universities. You must submit a FAFSA even if you are completing the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

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Rowland will AUTOMATICALLY SEND your GPA to the California Student Aid Commission. The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) will determine Cal Grant eligibility. If eligible, CSAC will notify the student beginning in March. You can check your Cal Grant status by creating a WebGrants account at https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/

 

Frequently Asked Questions- Cal Grant

 

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