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PATHWAYS TO COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID OVERVIEW JANUARY 28, 2015 MARAL SOUSANI, LEAD FYAP COUNSELOR.

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1 PATHWAYS TO COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID OVERVIEW JANUARY 28, 2015 MARAL SOUSANI, LEAD FYAP COUNSELOR

2 Important Upcoming Events January 1 st – Financial Aid Application Period Begins FAFSA Cal Grant Dream Act CHAFEE January 31 st – Super Saturday Cash for College Visit CSAC website to locate a workshop a near you May 2015 – FYAP Celebration

3 Financial Aid - TYPES Financial Aid is funding that is intended to help students pay education-related expenses including tuition, fees, room and board, books, and supplies for education at a college, university, or vocational school. Types of Financial Aid: Grants  TODAY Scholarships – College Resource Guide/Will send to students & Counselors as become available Work Study Loans

4 Grants Federal and state monies available to students that do not need to be paid back. PRIORITY Deadline: March 2, 2015 Types of Grants: Pell Grant (FAFSA) – Federal Student Aid California Dream Act Application – AB 540 students (CA) Chafee Grant – up to $5,000 for current or former Foster Youth (CA) Cal Grant A, B, & C – California Student Aid Commission (CA) Must attend a College in California Cal Grant A: min. 3.0 GPA, low/middle income Cal Grant B: min. 2.0 GPA, disadvantaged/low income Cal Grant C: Vocational Programs

5 FAFSA – Important things to know Question #53 Section 2 “At any time since you turned age 13, were both of your parents deceased, were you in foster care or were you a dependent or ward of the court?” “A student is considered independent if he or she is a ward of the court, or was a ward of the court, at any time when the individual was age 13 or older. If the student’s ward of the court status changed before the student reached age 13, the student may be considered dependent on your parent.” Why is this important? A student is considered independent and therefore isn’t required to submit parent income tax information

6 California Dream Act The California Dream Act allows undocumented and nonresident documented students who meet certain provisions to apply for and receive private scholarships funded through public universities, state-administered financial aid, university grants, community college fee waivers, and Cal Grants. The CA Dream Act Application is used by undocumented students who meet the eligibility requirements of AB 540. The application can be found at The California Student Aid Commission processes the application and any aid received can only be used at eligible California public or private institutions. March 2, 2015 Priority Deadline Non-SSN GPA Verification Form

7 Chafee Grant Free money for current or former foster youth to help pay for college or career or technical training. Qualifications: Be a current or former foster youth The court must have established dependency between the 16 th and 18 th birthday Not have reached your 22 nd birthday as of July 1 st of the award year An application must be filled out and verification of foster care status must be confirmed by CSW Students ARE NOT required to Have a Social Security Number Meet selective service requirements Be a California resident or go to a California school

8 Cal Grant – Important Things to Know The Cal Grant Program is a state-funded educational opportunity grant program to assist students in paying for a college education in California. How to Apply Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and submit a verified Cal Grant GPA. If students meet the income, eligibility, and GPA requirements, they receive free money (up to $12,192 a year) To submit a verified Cal Grant GPA, check with your school counselor because they may have already done it for your students. If not, you can go online to and download a GPA Verification form, have the student fill out the student section and academic/college counselor will fill out the school sectionhttp://www.calgrants.org/

9 Pathways to College Program In order for Pathways to College to be a success, we need all FYAP Counselors’ support Thank you to all counselors who have sent me their seniors with their address Still counselors needing to send seniors names/ addresses for celebration count


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