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Financial Aid and Scholarships

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application that students use to apply for federal student aid, which includes Pell Grants, federal student loans, and work-study opportunities. It is also used by states, colleges, and private organizations to determine eligibility for nonfederal student aid (i.e., Cal Grants, scholarships, institutional aid, etc.). In order to maximize the amount of aid you can get, it’s very important that you complete the FAFSA early. Families can begin completing the FAFSA as early as October 1. The FAFSA must be done by March 2 to be eligible for a Cal Grant. 
The Cal Grant is a California-specific financial aid allocation that does not need to be paid back. Cal Grant applicants must apply for the FAFSA or CADAA by the deadline and meet all eligibility, financial, and minimum GPA requirements of either program. Both the FAFSA and Cal Grant must be completed by March 2.
The CSS Profile is an online application that collects information used by nearly 400 colleges and scholarship programs to award non-federal aid. Families can begin completing the CSS Profile as early as October 1. Students should submit their CSS Profile no later than two weeks before the earliest priority filing date specified by their selected colleges.
The California Dream Act allows undocumented and nonresident students (U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens) who qualify for a non-resident exemption under Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) to receive certain types of financial aid such as: private scholarships funded through public universities, state administered financial aid, university grants, community college fee waivers, and Cal Grants. In addition, the California Dream Act, allows eligible students to pay in-state tuition at any public college in California. Here is a link to additional resources. The CADAA must be completed by March 2 to be considered for a Cal Grant.
1. Both parent and student will need to create an FSA ID. These will be used for electronic signatures.
2. Gather the documents needed to apply –social security numbers (student’s and parents’), tax returns, W2s and other tax documentation as required.
3. Complete your FAFSA application.
4. List the colleges/career schools that you plan to apply to. The schools you list will use your FAFSA information to determine the types and amounts of aid you may receive.
5. Sign and submit your FAFSA application using your FSA ID.
  • Once the FAFSA is completed, the student will receive an email stating that the FAFSA has been submitted and is in process. If there is a problem with processing your FAFSA application, contact FAFSA at 1‑800-4FED‑AID (1-800-433-3243).
6. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR).
  • You will receive your SAR within 3 days to 3 weeks after you submit your FAFSA application. Your SAR will include your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) dollar amount, which is the amount your family is expected to contribute on an annual basis towards college expenses.
1. Complete your FAFSA application.
2. Clayton Valley Charter High School electronically uploads senior students’ GPAs to the CSAC long before the March 2nd Cal Grant deadline. Students do not need to complete a separate application.
3. Create a WebGrants account and track your Cal Grant status online.
  • Once the account is established, students should go to view the “Application Status”, and scroll to the bottom to make sure their FAFSA is recorded as complete and their GPA has been submitted. There should be a green check mark by each. If not, then contact the CSAC for assistance at 1-888-224-7268.
4. Go to the Award Detail tab to view your award status for Cal Grant A, B, or C.

5. If you are awarded a Cal Grant, there are two additional steps that you will need to complete in your WebGrants account before the money can be disbursed.
  • Verify the college you plan to attend is correct.
  • Enter your high school graduation date. (This will need to be done after graduation.)
Naviance has a scholarship database and search engine that students can use to find scholarships that they are eligible for.
Other great scholarship resources for students are Big Future from College Board and Fastweb.
We also post scholarships in the weekly bulletin.
Depending on which college a student plans to attend, there may have additional scholarships available to incoming freshmen. All students are also automatically considered for merit-based scholarships when they apply to any college.
For students that are considering out-of-state colleges, they should look to see if their school is part of Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE). Students who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state.
Most importantly, students will need to complete the FAFSA (or CA Dream Act) to be considered for any financial aid or scholarships.

Additional Websites:
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