Reserve your college money by completing a financial aid form as soon as possible!
- Beginning October 1st, you must submit either the 2020-2021 FAFSA or CA Dream Act application. U.S. citizens and permanent residents submit the FAFSA. AB 540 students submit the Dream Act application.
- If you are submitting a FAFSA, start by getting a FSA ID for yourself and one for a parent at www.FSAID.ed.gov. This can sometimes take 1-3 days to process, or longer if there are problems.
- Both the FAFSA and Dream Act are based on tax forms. Use the 2018 tax forms that your parents completed last spring.
- Three days after submitting, you'll receive an email summary. Check your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). If your EFC is blank or if it seems too large, you have made errors that need to be corrected. Visit the College Center for assistance.
- Once your FAFSA has processed, visit the Cal Grants web site to make sure that your GPA was received. Click on "Application Status". If you don't have 2 green check marks, visit the College Center! You can also check your award detail to see what type of Cal Grants you received. In April, you can use the "School Change" tab to send your Cal Grant to a different college.
- All males must register for the Selective Service or you will not receive financial aid. It is the law! You can register online if you have a social security number. If you don't have a social security number, you can print a form to mail at the same we site (click on the "fillable registration form" link").
- User your name exactly as it appears on your high school transcript for the Cal Dream Act application.
- For the FAFSA, use your name exactly as it appears on your social security card.
- If you're able, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool that is built into the FAFSA. This will help you avoid having to request an IRS tax transcript if you're chose for verification.
- To ensure your eligibility for the Cal Grant program, list at least one CA college on your FAFSA.