Fund Your Future
FREE APPLICATION FOR
FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)
OCTOBER 1 – MARCH 2 FAFSA DEADLINE*
CAL GRANT ELIGIBILITY
Complete the FAFSA to Qualify for Federal,
State, Campus, and Private Financial Aid
If you are a high school senior and you want to enroll in
college for the summer or fall of your graduating year, you
must complete the FAFSA between October 1 and March 2
of your senior year. You have one year after you graduate
or complete your General Education Development test
(GED), High School Equivalency test (HiSET), Test Assessing
Secondary Completion (TASC) or the California High School
Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) to apply for a Cal Grant High
School Entitlement award. Community college students
transferring to a four year college should also complete the
FAFSA by the March 2 deadline for Cal Grant consideration.
The first word in FAFSA is “Free,” so there should never
be a fee or charge associated with completing the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is an online
application located atwww.fafsa.gov. In
FAFSA is due March 2, if you want to participate in some of
the state financial aid programs such as the Cal Grant and
Middle Class Scholarship.
Beginning with the 2017-18 academic year, the FAFSA will
be available on
and will use your federal
tax information. You will be able
to transfer your tax data directly from the Internal Revenue
Service (IRS) onto your FAFSA WITH THE TOUCH OF A
BUTTON: It’s called the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT).
You may be able to use the IRS DRT whether you filed
your taxes electronically or on paper.
In some particular cases, the FAFSA also accepts
ESTIMATED IRS income tax information. In this case, you
will need to return to the FAFSA website within 45 days
to update your IRS tax information. As long as the FAFSA
is submitted by the March 2 deadline, the application is
considered “on time.”
* Beginning on October 1, 2016–FAFSA will be available
for academic year 2017-18.
DO I NEED TO PROVIDE PARENT
Learn more atwww.studentaid.ed.gov .
• If you are an independent student, you will report your
• If you’re married, your spouse’s information will be
reported as well.
• If you are a dependent student, you will report you and
your parent’s information.
• If you or your parents did not earn enough in the prior
year to file taxes, simply select “will not file” on the tax
filing question in the application.
• If you are unable to get your parent information,
complete the application as much as you can and see
your campus financial aid office as soon as possible.