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Financial Aid
Priority Deadline for FAFSA and CADAA
There are resources available for all students to afford the cost of college. Financial aid can provide money to assist students in paying for the cost of attending college. There are multiple sources of financial aid, such as:
  • Scholarships
  • Grants
  • Work Study
  • Student Loans
  • Parent Loans
See the resources below to learn about the Cost of Attending College (COA) and the different types of financial aid available to students:
Financial Aid Applications: 
To apply for most types of federal and state financial aid, students must complete financial aid applications such as the FAFSA or the CADAA.  See below for a brief description of each application. 
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
This application is for US citizens or eligible non-citizens such as permanent residents. Completing the FAFSA is required to be eligible for all financial aid and should be completed during the student's senior year. There are different deadlines, but the California deadline is March 2nd. The FAFSA application will ask you questions about your family's finances and college plans. 
The first step to completing the FAFSA is to create a FSA ID. See the "Creating FSA ID" handout below"
FAFSA Information & Resources:
California Dream Act Application (CADAA):
Undocumented students who meet the eligibility requirements of AB 540 who do not have social security numbers or have a DACA number can still apply for financial aid in the State of California. Students might be eligible for financial aid from the state of California and the universities/colleges they apply to. The student needs to complete the California Dream Act Application. 
CA Dream Act Application Website:
CA Dream Act Application Information & Resources:
CSS Profile (CollegeBoard):
The CSS Profile also be required by some private or out of state colleges in addition to the FAFSA or CADAA. Check the college's financial aid office for more information.
Check Participating Institutions and Programs:
CSS Profile Information & Resources