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Fund Your Future

FREE APPLICATION FOR

FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)

OCTOBER 1 – MARCH 2 FAFSA DEADLINE*

CAL GRANT ELIGIBILITY

Complete the FAFSA to Qualify for Federal,

State, Campus, and Private Financial Aid

If you are a high school senior and you want to enroll in

college for the summer or fall of your graduating year, you

must complete the FAFSA between October 1 and March 2

of your senior year. You have one year after you graduate

or complete your General Education Development test

(GED), High School Equivalency test (HiSET), Test Assessing

Secondary Completion (TASC) or the California High School

Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) to apply for a Cal Grant High

School Entitlement award. Community college students

transferring to a four year college should also complete the

FAFSA by the March 2 deadline for Cal Grant consideration.

The first word in FAFSA is “Free,” so there should never

be a fee or charge associated with completing the Free

Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is an online

application located at

www.fafsa.gov. In

California, the

FAFSA is due March 2, if you want to participate in some of

the state financial aid programs such as the Cal Grant and

Middle Class Scholarship.

Beginning with the 2017-18 academic year, the FAFSA will

be available on

October 1

,

2016

and will use your federal

and state

prior-prior year

tax information. You will be able

to transfer your tax data directly from the Internal Revenue

Service (IRS) onto your FAFSA WITH THE TOUCH OF A

BUTTON: It’s called the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT).

You may be able to use the IRS DRT whether you filed

your taxes electronically or on paper.

In some particular cases, the FAFSA also accepts

ESTIMATED IRS income tax information. In this case, you

will need to return to the FAFSA website within 45 days

to update your IRS tax information. As long as the FAFSA

is submitted by the March 2 deadline, the application is

considered “on time.”

* Beginning on October 1, 2016–FAFSA will be available

for academic year 2017-18.

DO I NEED TO PROVIDE PARENT

FINANCIAL INFORMATION?

Learn more at

www.studentaid.ed.gov .

• If you are an independent student, you will report your

own information.

• If you’re married, your spouse’s information will be

reported as well.

• If you are a dependent student, you will report you and

your parent’s information.

• If you or your parents did not earn enough in the prior

year to file taxes, simply select “will not file” on the tax

filing question in the application.

• If you are unable to get your parent information,

complete the application as much as you can and see

your campus financial aid office as soon as possible.