Financing Your Postsecondary Plans
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that is used to apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work-study, and loans. The FAFSA form is free to complete and submit. This form provides access to financial aid to pay for college or career school. This year, the Department of Education is launching a FAFSA mobile app that will ease access for students, families and school counselors.
The FAFSA form is available from October 1st through June 30th of each year. Schools should support students to meet the deadline for priority consideration at the beginning of March.
Questions about completing the FAFSA may be found at the Federal Student Aid website:
See also the Division of Instruction’s Summer Melt Toolkit. Counselor Resource B: Contacts to Support the Prevention of Summer Melt has links to financial aid and admissions offices for all campuses in the LACCD, CSU, and UC systems. To learn more, access the Summer Melt Toolkit.
• Eligibility requirements to complete the FAFSA:
Applicants who have a Social Security number and are either:
• A US Citizen
• An eligible non-citizen, or 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 aid, such as Cal Grants.
Visit the websites below for more information: