Reminder that the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) is due in two days: March 2nd. All seniors that are planning on attending a 4-year college/university, community college, trade/vocational school should fill out the FAFSA or the CADAA to make sure they get access to financial resources such as grants and scholarships.
We also have a recorded webinar of the FAFSA workshop we hosted back in October 2021 that provides step-by-step instructions on how to fill out the form: Da Vinci Schools FAFSA Webinar
Some common misconceptions about FAFSA are:
- If I fill out the FAFSA, I have to accept all the loans they’re offering me: Every student has the option of accepting or declining any financial awards they receive. If a student doesn’t want to accept any loans, they have the option of declining them once they receive their financial aid award letter form the colleges they’ve been accepted to.
- I already know that my son/daughter doesn’t qualify for financial aid based on my income: Every year colleges and universities have more financial opportunities made available for students with middle/higher class income. For example, UCs and CSUs now have middle-class scholarships in which students with family income up to $191,000, and household assets of no more than $191,000 will receive a scholarship that can cover between 10 percent and 40 percent of systemwide tuition and fees.
- My parents don’t have a SSN, so I can’t apply for financial aid: Parent’s legal status does not affect student’s financial aid eligibility. Instead of creating a FSA ID account for their parents when completing FAFSA, students will be required to print out a confirmation page, obtain their parent’s signature, and mail that confirmation page.
- Student does not have a SSN so they don’t qualify for financial aid: Students who are undocumented still qualify for state and school financial aid. They would need to submit the California Dream Act Application.
Students with a SSN should only complete the FAFSA. Students without a SSN should only complete the CADAA.
I’m available for any further questions about the FAFSA and the CADAA, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
College and Career Counselor