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Applying for Financial Aid
The most important task for California students who need financial aid is to go online and submit the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. If you plan to attend the University of California in fall 2010, you must submit the FAFSA between January 1 and March 2.
The FAFSA is vital for thousands of dollars in federal and state financial aid, as well as UC grants. Nearly two-thirds of UC undergraduates receive financial support including grants, scholarships, loans and work-study awards.
Colleges and universities will base your financial aid on the information you provide on the FAFSA, including your and your parents’ income, property (but not your family’s home) and how many college students are in your family. You and your parents will be expected to contribute to your education, but if your parents’ income is very low, they may not have to pay anything.
You can submit the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
If you’re a California student, you must also make sure your school submits your GPA verification for a Cal Grant. Many schools do this electronically, but if not, ask the school to fill out a form and mail it. You can find out more information at www.calgrants.org.
Don’t miss the deadline. Submit the FAFSA and the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form by March 2.
A message from the University of California Cooperative Extension.