FINANCIAL AID GUIDE
Santiago Canyon College Financial Aid Night
Santiago Canyon College is will be hosting a Cash for College workshop for all seniors who still need to complete their financial aid application and need help. The Financial Aid Office and Outreach Department will be helping students complete the FAFSA or Dream Act step-by-step.
Our event will occur on February 28th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on the SCC campus.Please share the attached flyers with your team and any students and/or parents who may be interested. Food will be provided. We will have Spanish and Chinese speaking staff to help assist if needed. RSVP is required so please have your students sign up and direct any further questions to or call our office at 714-628-4808.
FAFSA = FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID
•Mandatory application for federal and state aid
•No cost to apply (includes submitting information to six schools of your choice)
•For public and private schools
•Filing period Begins October 1
Step 1: Create a FSA ID - www.fsa-id.ed.gov
If you plan to submit your FAFSA online, you need to create a FSA ID from the U.S. Department of Education. With your user ID you can apply and “sign” the FAFSA online, check the status of your submitted FAFSA, and make corrections.
Step 2: Use the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet - www.fafsa.ed.gov
This tool will help you gather the information needed on the official FAFSA.
Step 3: Financial Aid Deadlines - http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/deadlines.htm
College and state deadlines tend to be earlier than the federal deadline (many are as early as February or March) and may require an application in addition to the FAFSA. Play it safe—collect these dates and information early.
Step 4: Access FAFSA on the Web
Complete your FAFSA on the Internet. Apply as soon as you can (after October 1) because funding can be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
More Information About FAFSA - http://studentaid.ed.gov/
Learn more about applying to schools, exploring careers, types of financial aid, qualifying for financial aid, how it is calculated, prepare for college, and much more.
Click on https://www.youtube.com/user/FederalStudentAid/featured For more FAFSA Videos.
The California DREAM Act of 2011 is the result of two bills, Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130) and Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131). Together, these bills allow undocumented and documented students who meet certain provisions of AB 540 to apply for and receive Cal Grants and Board of Governor's Fee Waivers at community colleges as well as institutional aid at California colleges and universities.
For comprehensive information about the California DREAM Act, including access to the application materials, important dates, and instructions, please visit http://www.caldreamact.org
Welcome to the College Affordability and Transparency Center Start here to find information about how much it costs students to attend different colleges, how fast those costs are going up, and information related to why costs are going up. http://collegecost.ed.gov/
1. FINANCIAL AID FORMS
FAFSA = FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID
Mandatory application for federal and state aid
No cost to apply (includes submitting information to six schools of your choice)
For public and private schools
CSS PROFILE = REQUIRED FORM FOR SOME PRIVATE COLLEGES
Connect to the College Board Online at http://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile and you can complete the application on the World Wide Web. You must have a valid credit card to apply online.
CSS will send you an acknowledgment after processing your application.
This is the application used for the CAL GRANT (A, B and C)
Use for public and private schools
To be eligible for a Cal Grant, students must have their Social Security Number on file. Our Registrar will submit the required Cal Grant GPA Verification for all seniors. It is imperative, therefore, that Social Security Numbers are correct.
Supplementary form required by some colleges and universities
Filed in addition to the FAFSA and CSS Profile
Money a family is expected to pay
Remains constant regardless of cost
Money provided that does not have to be repaid
Campus job to defray school costs
Low, simple interest student loans are available which do not have to be repaid until six months after the student completes school
Loans are also available from lending institutions and the federal government, for example, at various rates and payback plans
3. TYPES OF FINANCIAL AID
What is a Cal Grant?
A Cal Grant is money for college you don’t have to pay back. To qualify, you must meet the eligibility and financial requirements as well as any minimum GPA requirements. Cal Grants can be used at any University of California, California State University or California Community College, as well as qualifying independent and career colleges or technical schools in California.
There are three kinds of Cal Grants — A, B and C — but you don’t have to figure out which one to apply for. Your eligibility will be based on your FAFSA responses, your verified Cal Grant GPA, the type of California colleges you list on your FAFSA and whether you’re a recent high school graduate. To learn more about the qualifications, go to Calgrants.org.
Headed to a four-year college?
Cal Grant A
Will help pay for Tuition and Fees at Four-Year Colleges
Award amounts vary by type of college — for 2016-2017, Cal Grants are up to $12,240 at a University of California campus, up to $5,472 at a California State University campus, and up to $9,084 at independent colleges
Has a GPA requirement. If you’re applying using your high school GPA, you must have at least a 3.0 GPA; if applying using your college GPA, you must have at least a 2.4 GPA
Requires that your course of study leads directly to an associate or bachelor’s degree, or qualifies you for transfer from a community college to a bachelor’s degree program
Cal Grant B
Provides a living allowance of up to $1,656, in addition to tuition and fee assistance after the first year, at a two- or four-year college
Pays most first-year students a living allowance only, which may be used to pay living expenses, books, supplies and transportation, as well as tuition and fees
When renewed or awarded beyond your first year, you’ll receive the living allowance as well as a tuition and fee award (up to $12,240 at a UC campus, up to $5,472 at a CSU campus and up to $9,084 at independent colleges for 2016-2017)
Requires at least a 2.0 GPA
Cal Grant C
Assists with the costs of a Technical or Career Education
Provides up to $547 for books, tools and equipment—and up to $2,462 more for tuition and fees if you’ll be attending a school other than a California Community College (community colleges don’t charge tuition and your fees will be waived as a Cal Grant recipient)
Is available for up to two year
A large variety of scholarships are available based on need and/or merit
Advertised in Senior Newsletter which is distributed to English and Social Studies classes
Colleges and Universities offer their own financial awards based on merit and/or need
Check with college Financial Aid Office for details
4. NOTIFICATION OF AWARD
Verification of data arrives in February – March
Financial Aid award arrives in April – May
PLEASE REMEMBER TO FILE ALL FORMS ON TIME AND KEEP COPIES!
(Cal Grant information provided by the California Student Aid Commission)