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!
Click on the links below for additional financial aid information.
Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (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.
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.
Completing the California Dream Act Application (CADAA)
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:
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.
Complete the Dream Application: Complete the application online at https://dream.csac.ca.gov
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
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.
Cal Grant/GPA Verification Information
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/.
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