Financial Aid Overview
STEP 2A: Filing a FAFSA Form With the Federal Government
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is used to apply for federal aid. There are many ways to file this form:
What Kind of Aid Are You Applying for with this Application?
The application you are about to complete will determine your eligibility for the following Federal Student Financial Aid Programs:
For further information: See The Guide to Federal Student Aid, a comprehensive reference to all of the Federal Student Financial Aid programs. The Guide is available online at http://studentaid.ed.gov, in college financial aid offices, or upon request from The Department of Education at email@example.com or 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327).
The FAFSA is also used to determine your eligibility for other financial aid programs available at CSU campuses.
When Do You Apply?
To be considered for all financial aid, it is important to file your FAFSA by the annual priority filing date, which varies from one institution to the other. Mail your FAFSA between January 1 and March 2. Don't wait to find out if you have been admitted!
Get a Certificate of Mailing from the post office as proof you mailed your application on time. Use the postcard enclosed in the FAFSA for notification that your FAFSA was received by the processor.
When filing your FAFSA, avoid financial aid funding delays by:
What Information Will You Need to Correctly Fill Out the FAFSA?
You'll need accurate records for your income (and your family's income) earned in the year prior to when you will start school. Therefore, for the 2013-2014 school year, you will need 2012 tax/income or financial information.
You will need to refer to:
STEP 2B: Filing a Dream Application With the California Student Aid Commission
The DREAM application is used by students without lawful immigration status who qualify for an AB540 Non-Resident Tuition Waiver to apply for state and institutionally funded financial aid.
What Kind of Aid Are You Applying for with the DREAM Application?The application you are bout to complete will determine your eligibility for the following State and Institution based financial aid programs:
How Do I Know If I Am Eligible to Apply as a DREAM Applicant?You must meet the following three requirements to be eligible to file a DREAM application:
When Do You Apply?
To be considered for financial aid, as a DREAM applicant, it is important to file your DREAM application by the annual priority filing date, March 2. Don't wait to find out if you have been admitted!
File the DREAM application every year to be considered for Financial Aid!
What Information Will You Need to Correctly Fill Out the DREAM Application?
You will need accurate records for your income (and your family's income) earned in the year prior to when you will start school. Therefore, for the 2013-2014 school year, you will need 2012 tax/income or financial information.
You may refer:
*You do not have to wait until you or your parents file a tax return to file a DREAM application. If necessaryl, you can always correct your DREAM application.
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- Step 2:
Filing a FAFSA
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- Step 4:
The Student Aid