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.
There are major changes and improvements coming to the 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®form. Click here for more information. 
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, 2023 – June 30, 2024

October 1, 2022

March 2, 2023


Check with each school for their deadline.


July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025

December 2023 

March 2, 2024


July 1, 2025 – June 30, 2026


The 2024-2025 will be available in December 2023, not October.
Cal Grant also requires submission of a school-certified GPA by March 2, 2024.
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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