Financial Aid

Plan ahead for college or career schools by applying for financial aid, before registering for classes!
ALL financial aid starts with the FAFSA or the CADAA.
Created by: Naomi Yedlosky and Alyssa Payne
What is the FAFSA?
The FAFSA, officially known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the form that families fill out to apply for federal grants, loans, and work-study funds for college students. It is administered by the U.S. Department of Education, which provides more that $150 billion in student aid each year.  
Important Dates and Deadlines


Academic Year

(Attending College Between)

FAFSA Open Date

State Deadline

(Received By)

College/University Deadline


July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

October 1, 2021

March 2, 2022


Check with each school for their deadline.


July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024

October 1, 2022

March 2, 2023


July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025

October 1, 2023

March 2, 2024

The 2023-2024 filing date opens on October 1, 2022.
Cal Grant also requires submission of a school-certified GPA by March 2, 2023.
CA FAFSA Deadline
Completing and submitting the FAFSA® is free, and it gives students access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school. 
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