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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. Unless you’re an undocumented, dream act-eligible student, then submit the CA Dream Act Application.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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Financial Aid Programs


Cal Grant

Free money for California students attending UC, CSU, Community College, or qualifying independent and career colleges or technical schools.


Success Story
#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.

Student Zenaida Huerta

“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”

Zenaida Huerta | Read full story