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cash for college workshops

In January and February, students and families attend FREE workshops across California for help to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid  (FAFSA) . The Cash for College program mission is to help low income and first generation to college-goers complete the application process so they can access financial aid for education and career/technical training after high school.

Cash for College workshops start up in January and run up to the March -- Cal Grant deadline!
Click here to Find a Workshop near you

About CalGrants

ABOUT Cal Grants A, B & C  
Check to see if you may qualify to apply for a CalGrant.

For more information read the Fund Your Future Booklet

How to Apply for Financial Aid


WARNING: Filling out the FAFSA is FREE.

Be sure that you only go to the OFFICIAL government website  If you are asked to submit payment of any kind---you are at the wrong website. STOP, do not continue. If you have questions please contact your academic advisor.

Resources: View and download resources from the office of Federal Student Aid. The office of Federal Student Aid provides publications, fact sheets, online tools, and other resources to help you prepare and pay for college or career school.  Our resources are grouped by the following topics:

Information on College Preparation and the Federal Student Aid Programs

Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  (FAFSA®) Information

Loan Information

Consumer Protection

To view the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files, you must have installed the latest version of the Adobe Reader (free). Installation instructions can be found on the Adobe site.


FILE EARLY--many colleges/universities require you to file before March 2 if you wish to be considered for scholarships. The sooner you file, the earlier colleges can send you their scholarship/financial aid offers to evaluate.

Student and Parent Responsibility:

1. Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites (ie FAFSA).
Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid (FAFSA)documents.

Want to create an FSA ID now? Go for it! If you'd like more information first, Please click here.

2. Complete the FAFSA online
The 2020-2021 FAFSA online form will ask for 2019 tax information

Submit the FAFSA by the earliest deadline required OR by March 2, 2021

4. Read Your Student Aid Report (SAR) 
FAFSA Help Page

CAL GRANTS and the GPA Opt Out Form

Assembly Bill 2160 was signed into law in September 2014 mandating that all public schools electronically submit grade point averages (GPA's) for grade twelve students to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). The bill also requires the school district to notify parents in writing of opt-out requirements. The district created the attached form for parents to opt out of the mandate.

Please return your opt-out form to Kyne Thompson, Registrar in the Guidance office

If you have questions, please contact your Academic Advisor

california dream act

Information presented here is from the California State Student Aid Commission website:


 Students are encouraged to submit their Dream Application on or before the March 2, 2021 deadline. To apply visit: Students apply for a Cal Grant when they submit their Dream Act Application.

The California Dream Act Application is used to determine the California state financial eligibility of students who meet the qualifications of Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540). The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) will process this application. Any aid received can only be used at eligible California institutions.

The Dream Act Application is not an application for federal financial aid. Students who have a Social Security Number must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA application is located on-line at Students should not complete both applications.

AB 540 was passed in 2001 to allow AB 540 eligible students in California to pay the lower resident fees at California’s public colleges and universities. In October 2011, AB 131 was signed into law to allow students eligible for AB 540 to also apply for state financial aid like the University of California Grants, State University Grants and Board of Governor’s fee.

FAFSA 4caster

Information presented here is from the FAFSA website:

If you want to begin exploring your financial aid options and get an early start on the financial aid process, FAFSA4caster is for you! By using FAFSA4caster, you and your family will receive an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid. This Web site provides you with an opportunity to increase your knowledge of the financial aid process; become familiar with the various types of federal student aid that are available; and investigate other sources of aid, such as grants and scholarships.

Click on: FAFSA4caster  to go directly to the website
When you're ready to apply for aid, you can easily transition from FAFSA4caster to FAFSA on the Web. Much of the information that you enter in the FAFSA4caster will populate your FAFSA on the Web application, making the experience of applying for federal student aid a lot easier.


Students who apply to private or out of state schools may also be required to complete a CSS profile (application available through the college board website. However, it is always a good idea to contact the college/university to which you apply to be sure you submit the correct financial aid forms. There may be additional forms required.

INSTITUTIONAL AID (from the college or university)

Many private and out of state colleges/universities have their own Financial Aid applications and deadlines. Students should inquire directly to the college/university.