(FAFSA) Free Application for Federal Student Aid

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid

To apply for a Cal Grant, you must complete and submit two forms: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form between October 1st and March 2nd* of the year immediately before the fall term in which you would like to use your Cal Grant.

The FAFSA is also the application used to apply for financial aid from the federal government, including federal Pell Grants, as well as financial aid from colleges. You can submit the FAFSA online,or complete the PDF version of the FAFSA and mail it, or complete the paper FAFSA, available by calling toll free 800.433.3243. Get a federal personal identification number, or PIN, ahead of time to electronically sign the online FAFSA. If you're a dependent student, your parents can also get a PIN to e-sign your FAFSA.

If you'll be mailing the FAFSA or the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form, be sure to get a Certificate of Mailing from the Post Office as evidence you met the Cal Grant March 2nd* application deadline. (The FAFSA must be mailed to the federal processor and the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form must be mailed to the California Student Aid Commission.)

Need help completing the FAFSA or other forms? See your high school counselor or college financial aid administrator, or attend a free California Cash for College workshop.


2018-19 FAFSA Application opens October 1, 2017

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  The 2018-19 FAFSA Application opens October 1, 2017

  Click here! to find the California Student Aid Commission's Early FAFSA Tool Kit. All of the components are free and downloadable. The 2017-18 FAFSA and California   Dream Act Application season is from October 1, 2017 through March 2, 2018. Cash for College workshops are available statewide during the this new five month financial   aid application period. Visit www.cash4college.org or download the student aid commission's mobile app at www.mobilegallery.ca.gov

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