Students can begin submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) starting October 1 of each year to be matched with the right aid opportunities. Although some financial aid programs require students to complete the application by a specific deadline, the FAFSA and CADAA application continues to be available for students to apply for federal and state aid.
Students attending California Community Colleges can submit a FAFSA or CADAA application through September 2 of each year to be considered for a community college Competitive Cal Grant award.
SUBMIT THE FAFSA OR CADAA
File your GPA
File a certified grade point average (GPA) with us no later than September 2nd for a Community College Competitive Cal Grant award.
Login to WG4s
After your FAFSA or CADAA application is processed, you’ll receive an email letting you know it’s time to create your WebGrants4Students account.
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The California Student Aid Commission serves as a vital resource for the future success of all students. We are committed to listening, giving students a voice and working to make education beyond high school financially accessible for all Californians.
Financial Aid Programs
Free money for California students attending UC, CSU, Community College, or qualifying independent and career colleges or technical schools.
Provides undergraduate students, including students pursuing a teaching credential, with family incomes and assets up to $184,000.
If you are or were in foster care between the ages of 16 and 18 and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for postsecondary education including career and technical training.
The CMD GI Bill issues educational awards to qualifying members of the California Army or Air National Guard, California State Guard and the California Naval Militia.
Need-based educational grant for dependents and spouses of firefighters and law enforcement who became fully disabled or lost their lives in the line of duty.
Grants to encourage students to consider earning a teaching credential and teaching in a high-need field for four years, at priority schools in California within five years after completing a teacher preparation program.
#CAStudentsSpeak and we are listening. At CSAC the stories of students and former aid recipients inspires how we approach our work and is the reason we come to work. Here are some of their success stories.
“Having financial aid meant that I was able to attend my top choice college, Claremont McKenna College. Attending a private college has opened so many doors for me. Thanks to my financial aid package, I was able to go to CMC and reach opportunities achieved through small class sizes, research and internship grants, and close relationships with my professors”
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