Applying for and managing financial aid may feel confusing. Here is a simple toolkit of resources that explains types of financial aid, application platforms, and helpful calculators to help determine the true cost for college.HELPFUL LINKS
FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Apply for federal grants, loans, and work study money. You must have a social security number.
Dream Application: Apply here for financial aid if you 1) have no social security number, 2) were enrolled full time in high school in CA for at least 3 years, and 3) will be graduating from a CA high school.
CSS Profile Presentation: An interactive presentation on how to fill out the CSS Profile. This is a financial aid application required by some private universities or out of state schools. Check with your prospective university to see if this is needed.
CSAC: Log in after you have submitted the FAFSA to check calgrant award status, make a school change, or monitor and manage awards. You are automatically considered for calgrants by submitting the FAFSA.
Net Price Calculator Center: Search for and use the net price calculator for specific colleges and universities.
Big Future Financial Aid Tools: Read articles pertaining to calculating cost and aid, loan repayment, and comparing financial aid packages.
Fafsa 4 Caster: Forecast an estimated family contribution (EFC) by using this calculator on the fafsa website.
FINANCIAL AID FOR COLLEGE OR CAREER SCHOOL
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): https://fafsa.ed.gov/
Seniors can apply starting October 1, 2016 through March 2, 2017.
(Requires a Social Security number.)