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Financial Aid (FAFSA)

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (known as the FAFSA) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid (including the Pell Grant, Federal student loans and Federal Work-Study). Despite its name, the application is not for a single federal program, being rather the gateway of consideration for:

  • the nine federal student-aid programs
  • the 605 state aid programs
  • most of the institutional aid available

You should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible beginning October 1st . 

Apply fopr the FAFSA

By completing the FAFSA you are applying for Federal and State Grants, Federal Student Loans and Federal Work Study.  The Board Of Governor's Waiver (BOGW/Fee Waiver) is also included in this application but for California Community Colleges only.

Do you know if you qualify for financial aid? If not, Visit the FASFA help site

FAFSA Help Center

Upon completion of your FAFSA you will be given an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. This index number is used to calculate your eligibility for financial aid. Typically, the lower the EFC the more financial aid you may qualify for.

What is my Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?

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