All in for FAFSA/CA Dream Act

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The California Student Aid Commission is All in for FAFSA/CA Dream Act!

California Ranks  number 1 in the nation 3.5 billion total financial aid Financial Aid for All Students

A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) allows students to be considered for federal aid (FAFSA applicants only), state aid, institutional aid, and loans. Completing a FAFSA or CADAA provides access to students and their families to various financial aid options, allowing them to make an informed decision about pursuing a college, university, or vocational school.

The 2023-24 FAFSA and CADAA open on October 1, 2022. Students and their families are encouraged to apply as early as possible to maximize financial aid opportunities. This is empowering information that could make all the difference in a student’s decision to attend college.


What’s New?

Starting in the 2022-23 academic school year, high schools, and school districts (Local Educational Agencies) will need to ensure that all 12th graders in the state of California complete a FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application, unless the student has formally submitted an opt-out waiver. The goal of “All In for FAFSA/CA Dream Act” is to expand access to financial aid to thousands of students who may have otherwise not been aware of these opportunities.

Let’s make sure California students don’t opt out from the opportunity to receive financial aid for education beyond high school!



We’re here to help

Students and Families

Have questions about FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application? Attend one of our Cash for College Workshops! These events provide information to students and their families in addition to assisting with the FAFSA and California Dream Act Application.

K-12 Educators, Administrators, and Partners

Annual Statewide Financial Aid Workshops offer high school counselors, student advocates, outreach specialists and other community education partners financial aid training to support students.

The Statewide Cash for College Train the Trainer Program provides new and existing community partners with the training and resources they need in order to host their own Cash for College Workshops to assist students in completing the FAFSA or CADAA.

We offer both the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) and the Cash for College Regional Coordinating Organizations (RCO’s), which are local resources to assist with financial aid literacy.

  • Cal-SOAP is instrumental in improving the flow of information about postsecondary education and financial aid while raising the achievement levels of low-income, elementary, and secondary school students or geographic regions with documented low-eligibility or college participation rates, and who are first in their families to attend college. 
  • Cash for College RCOs are responsible for conducting financial aid workshops for students and families, within a designated region, that help them complete their financial aid applications.


We’re in the process of developing materials, data resources, social media tools, and videos that will help support students and parents in completing the FAFSA or the California Dream Act Application. Please check back for updates!