Financial Aid Information
Two Types of Financial Aid Applications
There are two types of financial aid applications: FAFSA and CA Dream Act. Students only need to complete one application and the eligibility to determine which one the student needs to complete is below (this is based on STUDENT’s status, not parent’s):
T visa holder
Have a valid or expired DACA status
Are a U visa holder
Have Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
Meet the non-resident exemption requirements under AB 540
Applying for Financial Aid:
- Even if an academic or athletic scholarship is a possibility, colleges expect qualified students to apply for these grants during January of their senior year.
- The FAFSA is the base for all other aids in the college financial package. Filing Period: October 1-March 2 of senior year.
- GET A FSA ID if you will be filing a FAFSA form. The FSA ID will allow you to sign your FAFSA electronically and to correct your processed FAFSA information online. As a dependent student, your parents must submit financial information on the FAFSA. To sign electronically, your parent must also have his or her own FSA ID. Do it early!
- Go to https://fsaid.ed.gov and provide your name, social security numbers, date of birth, mailing address, and e-mail address.
- Beware of spam blocker software.
- *FAFSA AVAILABLE ON THE WEB ON OCTOBER 1ST (www.fafsa.ed.gov)
- *Helpline: 800-433-3243 (800-4FEDAID)
- *Federal school codes www.fafsa.ed.gov. School code changes may be made by calling 1-800-4FEDAID
The California Dream Act is unrelated to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Filing Period: October 1-March 2 of senior year. Students will need parent tax information from the year prior in order to complete.
- Cal Grant GPA Verification: DEADLINE March 2 of Senior Year. The GPA Verification will automatically be submitted electronically by TUSD well before the deadline.
- Create a WebGrants account to view your Cal Grant Status. https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/
Requires you to submit your FAFSA or CA Dream Act FIRST
Submit your CHAFFEE grant application: https://chafee.csac.ca.gov/
- Remember the March 2 deadline for most colleges! If you need money, you have to ask for it on time!
- Most of the money you will get for college you will get by filling out the FAFSA form between October 1 and March 2 of your senior year. Some private colleges may require you to fill out an additional form called the CSS Profile.
The Cal Grant GPA Verification Form will be submitted electronically by TUSD.
You will not be able to get grants, work-study, or loans unless you fill out these forms on time. In order to fill out the FAFSA, you need to have a social security number and be either a U.S. citizen or have an alien registration number.
College Work Study programs are jobs that are given to you by the college so that you may earn money while you are attending their campus. You may also choose to get or keep your own jobs that you may already have. A portion of what you earn goes towards your tuition.
What is the CA Dream Act?
- Filing Period: October 1-March 2 of senior year. Students will need parent tax information from the year prior in order to complete.