Presentation on theme: "Applying for Financial Aid"— Presentation transcript:
1 Applying for Financial Aid 2015-2016 U.S. Representative Mike Thompson’sCOLLEGE AFFORDABILITY FORUMFebruary 9, 2015Applying for Financial AidPresenter: Patti Morgan Dean of Financial Aid/EOPS/Veterans/ Pre-College TRIO Programs(707)
2 Sources of Financial Aid Grants, Fee Waivers, Loans, Work Study, ScholarshipsFederal governmentState governmentColleges and universitiesPrivate agencies, companies, foundations, and parents’ employers
3 CA Dream Act Financial Aid Cal Grant Entitlement GrantsChafee Grant for Foster YouthMiddle Class ScholarshipUC GrantsState University GrantsCalifornia Community College (CCC) BOG Fee WaiverEOP/EOPSSome University scholarshipsSome private scholarships administered by campuses
4 How to Apply: FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Primary application for federal and most types of state financial aid.Sophisticated online edits and skip logic help avoid errorsOnline help is available for each questionStudent and parent Federal PIN serves as an electronic signature
5 How to Apply (cont.) CA Dream Act Application www.caldreamact.org For students who are ineligible to submit a FAFSA, but meet AB 540 criteriaUsed to apply for CA Dream Act financial aidOnline application similar to FAFSAElectronic student and parent signature
6 What is AB 540?Assembly Bill (AB) 540 exempts certain students from paying nonresident tuition (higher than resident tuition) and allows them to apply for different types of California Dream Act financial aid. To qualify students need to meet the following qualifications:Attend a California high school for a minimum of 3 years;Graduate from a California high school or pass the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) or get a General Equivalency Diploma (GED);Enroll in an accredited and qualified California college or university; and,If applicable, fill out an affidavit stating your intent to legalize your immigration status as soon as possible.
7 How to Apply (cont.) Cal Grant GPA Verification Form Required to apply for Cal GrantCSS/Financial Aid ProfileUsed at some universities to award institutional grants and scholarshipsCalifornia Chafee Grant Program ApplicationScholarship Applications
8 2015-2016 Cal Grant Application Requirements By March 2, 2015, complete and submit:Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)ORCal Grant GPA Verification FormORRelease FormIf eligible under AB540 or DACA, students should complete the California Dream Act Application:Check with your high school or college counselor for more details on how to file theCal Grant GPA Verification Form, required of all students
9 Special Circumstances Contact the Financial Aid Office if there are circumstances which affect a family’s ability to pay for college such as:Loss or reduction in parent or student income or assetsDeath or serious illnessNatural disasters affecting parent income or assets such as the recent California wind storms, wild fires, floods, or mudslidesUnusual medical or dental expenses not covered by insuranceReduction in child support, Social Security benefits or other untaxed benefitFinancial responsibility for elderly grandparents, orAny other unusual circumstances that affect a family’s ability to contribute to higher education
10 Estimated Cost of Attendance Cost of Attendance includes most everything related to college expenses for one academic year.Also known as the “Student Budget.”
11 CCC BOG Fee Waiver (BOGFW) The Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver (BOGFW) waives the $46 per unit enrollment fee at any California Community Colleges. To qualify students must:Be a CA resident or be exempt from non-resident fees under AB 540; ANDHave financial need, based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); ORBe receiving TANF, SSI/SSP or General Assistance; ORMeet specific income standards.
12 Cal Grants/AwardsCal Grant A Awards – up to $12,192 at a U.C., $5,472 at a CSU, and $8,056 at an independent or private college. If attending a Community College, award will be held in reserve for up to 3 years until you transfer to a four-year college. Entitlement and competitive grants available.Cal Grant B Awards – for students with a GPA of at least 2.0, who come from disadvantaged or low income families, additional living allowance of $1,648 and up to the same award amounts of Cal Grant A for the second year. Entitlement and competitive grants available.Cal Grant C Awards - for students from low income families pursuing vocational programs of study. Awards up to $547 for books, tools, etc. and up to $2,462 for tuition and fees at a private college.California Community College (CCC) Transfer Entitlement Grant – CCC students who meet all the Cal Grant eligibility requirements, have at least a 2.4 community college GPA, and meet the awards additional requirements are guaranteed a Cal Grant to attend a four-year college.
13 Eligibility for Cal Grants To be considered for a Cal Grant award, the student must also:be a U.S. citizen, eligible noncitizen, or AB540 student, andbe a California resident, andattend an accredited California college or university at least half-time inmeet other award specific criteria if applicable
14 Middle Class Scholarship Undergraduates with family incomes of up to $150,000 who:Submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 2, 2015attend a UC or CSUare U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or have AB540 statusare California residents, andmaintain a 2.0 cumulative GPAAnnual award amounts:To be determined by the California Student Aid Commission
15 California Chafee Grant Provides up to $5,000 annually to current and former foster youth for college or vocational training at any accredited college in the U.S., based on available fundingTo be eligible, foster youth must have been in California foster care on their 16th birthday and not have reached their 22nd birthday before July 1, 2015Foster youth are encouraged to apply during their senior year of high schoolTo apply, the foster youth must complete:FAFSACalifornia Chafee Grant Program ApplicationAB540 students may also be eligibleTo apply for aChafee Grant, go to:
16 If You Need Federal Student Aid Help FAFSA on the Web – Live HelpPhone FED-AID ( )the U.S. Department of Education at:
17 If You Need Cal Grant Help California Student Aid Commission Cal Grant ProgramByBy phone:(888)
18 Additional Assistance Contact a financial aid officer at the school you plan to attend, or contact us at:Financial Aid/EOPS OfficeMain Campus, Room 1132Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pmTuesday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Please call for available appointments.
19 Student Support Services Program ObjectiveGraduation AND Transfer to a 4-year InstitutionServes First-Generation, Low-Income, and students with disabilitiesFederally funded by the U.S. Department of EducationHoward Willis, DirectorProgram ServicesAcademic AdvisingCounselingSocial and Cultural ActivitiesCollege Transfer AssistanceFinancial Aid Application AssistanceGrant AidFinancial & Economic LiteracyCounseling 97 ClassTutoring