Students and Families Resources
Financing Your Postsecondary Plans
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a process used to apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants (Pell Grants), work-study, and loans. The FAFSA is free to complete and submit, and you could receive funding for university, college and trade school programs.
Your first step is to create a FSA ID. You will need to review the FAFSA New FSA ID information before you can start your application.
Once you have your FSA ID, please click here to start your FAFSA.
Each year, the FAFSA is available from October 1st through to June 30th.
Eligibility requirements to complete the FAFSA:
- Student who has a Social Security number who is either:
- A US Citizen
- An eligible non-citizen, or a T-Visa holder
- A US Citizen, eligible non-citizen or a T-Visa holder whose parent is undocumented
California uses the FAFSA information to determine eligibility for state financial aid such as Cal Grants.
Visit the Federal Student Aid Resources for the FAFSA website for or more information.