Powerpoint from the Financial Aid Night (December 5, 2012) by Pierce Financial Aid Department
In January, you fill out the FAFSA form online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
*Parents & students must apply for pin numbers which they can get at www.pin.ed.gov to begin the financial aid process.
*The FAFSA is federal money given to all students who qualify financially, to attend college or university.
*The amount varies depending on the college you attend.
- CAL GRANT GPA will uploaded for all seniors by the College Office.
- CAL GRANT money is for California Colleges ONLY and is allocated based on your high school GPA and financial need.
*The amount varies depending on the college you attend. Cal Grants can also be given to students attending community colleges.
*To qualify for the Cal Grant you must apply for the FAFSA.
Dream Act Information
Release of the California Dream Act Application
The California Student Aid Commission (Commission) is pleased to announce the release of the statewide California Dream Act Application (Dream Application). For the first time, under Assembly Bills 130 (AB 130) and AB 131, AB 540 eligible students attending college in California may apply for and receive student financial aid from both publicly and privately funded sources. Students can complete the Dream Act Application online for 2012-13 assistance at www.caldreamact.org.
California Community College 2012-2013 Board of Governors Fee Waiver Application for AB540
students under the California Dream Act (AB 131)
For the most part, the Dream Act Application serves students who are ineligible to file the FAFSA. These include undocumented students, a population that has previously not been allowed to apply for state financial aid assistance. Public college and university campuses will be preparing financial aid packages very soon so students who will be in college for 2013-2014 in January.
MALDEF Deferrred Action Information (Guide)
CAL GRANT FORM AND GPA
CAL GRANT INFORMATION AND GPA FOR ALL SENIORS HAS BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE
CALIFORNIA AID COMMISSION ONLINE. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS FILE THE FAFSA ONLINE AT
WWW.FAFSA.ED.GOV BY MARCH 2, 2013. THE EARLIER YOU DO THIS, THE BETTER.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required by both public and private
universities and colleges before scholarships or financial aid is awarded. For more information about
the FAFSA and instructions, the website is www.fafsa.ed.gov. The filing priority date for most colleges
is March 2.
Within four weeks of filing by mail and a few days after filing online, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the federal processor. It will list the student’s expected family contribution, or EFC. A standard formula is used to calculate the EFC, based on the information the student provides on the FAFSA. The SAR will also be sent to the colleges you indicated on the FAFSA. The colleges will use the EFC to determine if you will be offered grants, loans, and/or work-study program. The earlier you file a FAFSA, the more likely you are to hear from the Commission early. Since most colleges have a May 1 deadline for intention to register, it is to your advantage to know as soon as possible about financial aid so that you can make an informed decision regarding which college you will attend. You will fill the FAFSA out your senior year in high school.
Ultimately, all financial aid decisions are made by the individual college; therefore, it is necessary for you to work with the financial aid officer at each school to which you are applying. Also, be sure to apply on time
- FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid: The Student Financial Assistance programs are the largest source of student aid in America, providing money in grants, loans, and work-study assistance. Here you will find help for every stage of the financial aid process. You can complete your application online.
- Applying for a PIN Your pin can be used each year to electronically apply for federal student aid and to access your Federal Student Aid records online. If you receive your PIN, you agree not to share it with anyone. Your PIN serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your personal records.
Learn More about Paying for College
I can Afford College
Going 2 College
Start at a California Community College. You may qualify for a fee waiver or other assistance
I Can Afford College
Know How to 2 College
Cal Grant and other State Aid
Check out Cal Grants--apply by March 2 Cal Grant deadline. Submit the FAFSA. By completing the FAFSA early, you may be considered for other state, federal and college financial aid. So apply and see what happens!
California Chafee Grants for Foster Youth
If you are or were in foster care, you may qualify for up to $5000 for college or job training in addition to other student aid. Learn more about the California Chafee Grant and services for foster youth.
Foster Youth Help
California Youth Connection
Foster Care to Success
Orangewood Children's Foundation
Federal Pell Grants and other Federal Aid
Learn more about federal Pell Grants and other federal grants you don't have to repay, as well as low-interest federal loans for students and parents.
Federal Student Aid