FAFSA Information

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The 2017-2018 FAFSA becomes available on January 1, 2017 and must be completed by March 2, 2018 (in order to be eligible for a Cal Grant).
 
Website to complete your FAFSA: www.fafsa.gov.
Note: The FAFSA is a "Free Application" so if you are asked to pay a fee, you are not on the official government site. 
 
To complete your FAFSA, you will need the following:
 
  • A FSA ID. (Click on link to learn how to create an ID)
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  
 
There are many ways to get assistance with completing your FAFSA
Here are some documents that you may also find helpful:
Financial Aid Presentation 
How to Video to complete your FAFSA: Link 
FAFSA worksheet - Information to gather before logging in.
FAFSA Tutorial - This presentation will take you through the FAFSA page by page, highlighting the areas that create the most common questions from students and parents.
Dependent or Independent? - Most high school students will be considered dependents regardless of whether or not parents are willing to help pay for college. If you are unsure of your status, check out this form.
Who Is My Parent? - Help in identifying whose financial information to use.
Everything FAFSA - This 98 page document will make you the expert you never wanted to be.
 
What does completing the FAFSA do for me?
In addition to qualifying you for federal and state financial aid, many schools also use your FAFSA information to qualify you for their institutional aid. Here is some information on the types of aid available: