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    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form you need to fill out to get any financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college. Each year, over 13 million students who file the FAFSA get more than $120 billion in grants, work-study, and low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Education.

    Lots of states and colleges also use the FAFSA to determine which students get financial aid—and how much they’ll get. The FAFSA asks for information about you and your family’s finances, including tax returns, so you’ll need your parents’ help to complete it.

    What is FAFSA?  Check out this blog post from for some great information. 

    Have more questions or need more information on how to apply for FAFSA?  Follow this link.  How to Fill Out FAFSA  

    Apply for FAFSA! FAFSA Application



    The California Student Aid Commission created the Cash for College website as a hub for student aid information. Find links to create a FSA ID for FAFSA, to apply for FAFSA, apply for the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) if you are an undocumented student, and/or the Chafee Application if you were in foster care for at least one day, between the ages of 16 and 18.  Also, find workshops to help you complete any of these applications!


    12th Grade College Prep Checklists

    12th grade is the time to apply for admission to college and to apply for federal student aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. Here’s what students and parents should be doing throughout the year to stay on track at this busy time—including learning how to manage federal student aid.  12th Grade College Prep Checklists 


    California CareerZone

    The California CareerZone site is powered by Headed2, a secure web-based platform designed to help students explore, plan, and prepare for a career they’ll love.  The California CareerZone allows students to explore the world of work through a variety of activities. California CareerZone is designed so students can progress at their own pace.  When students begin using California CareerZone they have the option to create an account to store their activities. By creating this optional account, they can return and continue their exploration where they left off the last time they were on California CareerZone. California CareerZone is great for allowing students to explore occupations and colleges to narrow down their choices, it doesn't make decisions for them.

    California CareerZone 


    Student Scholarships Information

    Student Scholarships is an online database with a wide range of scholarship opportunities.  Their staff spends countless hours searching for both online and offline sources to find new and exciting scholarships for students to apply for. Their database is considered the largest and most comprehensive source for finding scholarships online and is 100% free for students to use.  They send out a monthly newsletter with at least 25 different scholarships students can apply for. 


    What is Scholar's App 

    Scholars App is the leading end-to-end virtual scholarship platform. Our simple tools put the entire scholarship application online all in one place. Students easily register, search, track and submit scholarship applications online, without printing, collecting, and submitting forms from multiple sources. Their data is never sold or provided to third parties. All scholarships are verified to ensure students don't sacrifice time or privacy to receive the support they need to get award money.



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