FAFSA / California Dream Act
FAFSA Application (US citizens, or permanent residents)
California Dream Act (undocumented students, or DACA students)
Completing the FAFSA is the first step to receiving Financial Aid for students who are US citizens. Undocumented students and those who are AB 540 Eligible should fill out the California Dream Act Application.
The FAFSA opened on October 1st, and the deadline is March 2nd. Fill this out as early as possible because it is first come, first serve, and many schools and scholarships require it to be submitted prior to March 2nd.
Below are some tips and resources to help you navigate the process.
To complete the FAFSA for the 2019-2020 school year you will need:
- Your Social Security number (it’s important that you enter it correctly on the FAFSA form!)
- Your parents’ Social Security numbers if you are a dependent student
- Your driver’s license number if you have one
- Your Alien Registration number if you are not a U.S. citizen
- Federal tax information or tax returns including IRS W-2 information, for you and for your parents: IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ
- Records of your untaxed income (such as child support received, interest income, and veterans noneducation benefits) for you and your parents
- Information on cash; savings and checking account balances; investments, including stocks and bonds and real estate (but not including the home in which you live); and business and farm assets for you, and for your parents if you are a dependent student
Some additional tips:
- Make sure you choose the 2019-2020 FAFSA application. You are applying for next school year.
- Use your personal email, NOT your school one. This will be the email you use every year.
- Keep your FSA ID in a safe place. You will need it again.
- IF YOU CAN USE THE IRS DRT (direct retrieval tool) USE IT. Using it will make it significantly more likely that there will be no issues submitting your FAFSA. Also make sure the address you enter for it matches the one on your taxes exactly.
- Check yes you are open to receiving an offer for work-study. It will not affect how much other financial aid you receive and if it is offered to you, you do not have to take it.
- Write down who you submitted as Parent 1 and 2
- If your parents are undocumented, they will not be able to create an FSA ID to sign the FAFSA electronically. You will have an option to print and sign the document rather than doing an electronic signature. In this case, print the document, have your parents sign it, and mail it to the address given. Make sure to mail it promptly.
IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL HELP you can call 1-800-433-3242. You can also attend a Cash for College Workshop where Allan Hancock and Cuesta financial aid advisers will be going over the FAFSA and Dream Act. Check with your counselor for a current list of Cash for College Workshops