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1 What You Need to Know about Financial Aid Ms. Noble, A-Gri: Ms. Chung, Gu-Par: Ms. Rader, Pat-Z:

2 What Will You Learn at This Workshop What is financial aid What is financial need Cost of Attendance (COA) Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Categories, types, and sources of financial aid CSS Profile Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) AB 540 & Dream Act

3 1. Cal Grant Survey 2. Application Survey 3. List all colleges you have applied to in Colleges I m Applying To 4. Mid Year Report 5. Scholarship Bulletin

4 Deadline to complete and submit Cal Grant GPA Information Release using Naviance is Feb. 5 th * Granada will be submitting Cal Grant GPA for all seniors as mandated by State Law.

5 Application Survey 1. Please check Yes if you have applied to at least one college: If yes, please indicate all colleges you have applied to in Colleges I m Applying To If no, the College and Career office will contact you and assist you in applying to community colleges and rolling admission colleges (RACC on Feb. 4 th ) 2. Please check Yes if you understand that you are responsible for notifying the colleges you applied to of any changes in the courses you planned to enroll in during the spring semester (other than the Gov. and Econ switch). By checking Yes, you also acknowledge that D/F grades must also be reported to the colleges you applied to by you, the student. 3. Have there been any changes to the senior year courses since you applied to college? 4. If you responded Yes to question 3, there have been senior year course changes, indicate all changes here: 5. Please check Yes if you understand that official transcripts must be sent to all CSUs, and SAT/ACT test scores must be sent to all schools. By checking Yes, you acknowledge it is your responsibility to check your college portals/accounts and send official transcripts and test scores. 6. Please check Yes if you understand that CSUs require admitted students to take the EPT/ELM placement exams. By checking Yes, you understand you need to check your CSU portal for important information regarding the EPT/ELM placement exams.

6 College Application Survey

7 List all colleges you have applied to in Colleges I m Applying To

8 Mid Year Report, Test Scores, & Transcripts Use Parchment to send your official transcript Use collegeboard.org to send official SAT scores Use actstudent.org to send official ACT scores For Common Application only, your mid year report will include the official transcript

9 What is Financial Aid? Financial aid consists of funds provided to students and families to help pay for postsecondary educational expenses. Financial aid is split up into two categories: Merit-based aid: based on academic, special characteristics, skills, talents, or abilities Need-based aid: based on financial need

10 4 Basic Types of Financial Aid Programs Available Grants Federal or state gift assistance with no obligation for work or repayment Scholarships Gift assistance with no obligation for work or repayment Loans Providing funds now, but with a future repayment obligation Work-Study Part-time work while attending the institution

11 Free Federal Aid Programs Federal Pell Grant (up to $5775) Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (up to $4000) Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (up to $4000) Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grant (up to $5775) Federal Perkins Loan (up to $5500) Federal Work Study Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans (up to $6000) Federal Plus Loan for Parents

12 Federal Loan Programs Loans are borrowed money that you must pay back, usually with interest. Repayment usually begins after education is finished Only borrow what is really needed Look at loans as an investment in the future Subsidized: For students with financial need. Government pays the interest while student is in school with 4.29% interest. Unsubsidized: All students eligible. Student is responsible for interest during the loan with 4.29% interest.

13 Repaying Your Loan

14 California Aid Programs Cal Grant Eligibility for Cal Grants be a U.S. citizen, eligible noncitizen, or AB540 student be a California resident attend an accredited California college or university at least halftime Cal Grant A Entitlement Awards (up to $12,192) GPA of at least 3.0 Cal Grant B Entitlement Awards (up to $1,656) GPA of at least 2.0 Cal Grant C Awards (up to $2,462) for students from low income families pursuing vocational programs of study

15 Other California Aid Programs UC Student Aid (Blue & Gold Opportunity Plan >80k) Average grant $14,000 Middle Class Scholarship Program For UCs and CSUs Up to 40% of tuition State University Grant Full system wide fees California Chafee Grant for foster youths Up to $5,000 a year Child Development Grant Up to $2,000 a year California National Guard Education Assistance Award $1,551 - $12,192 California Community College Board of Governors Fee Waiver Pays for Tuition Fees at a Community College Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant Up to $13,743 a year

16 Cal Grant Application Requirements By March 2, 2016, complete and submit: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) OR If eligible under AB540, students should complete the California Dream Act Application: Don t wait until March 2! Cal Grant GPA Verification Form is completed for GHCHS students provided that students have provided their SSN

17 What is Financial Need?

18 How it works FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC) $5,000 Valley College CSUN UCLA USC $11,000 $25,000* $32,000* $75,000* - $5,000 - $5,000 - $5,000 - $5,000 = $6,000 = $20,000 = $27,000 = $70,000 *Living on campus

19 Types of Applications FAFSA Undocumented student covered under AB540 should complete the California Dream Application GHCHS Cal Grant GPA Verification Form/Survey Other applications or forms as required by the college such as: CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE Institutional Scholarship and/or Financial Aid Application 2015 federal tax returns (along with all schedules and W-2s) or other income documentation

20 10 Important Qualifications and You Tube Video Link: FAFSA Overview 1. Submit the FAFSA 2. Submit any other applications* 3. Demonstrate financial need 4. Have a high school diploma or equivalent 5. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen 6. California residency 7. Enroll in an eligible degree or certificate program 8. Maintain satisfactory academic progress 9. Have an SSN 10. Register with U.S. Selective Service (males 18-25)

21 Adding more than 10 colleges on your FAFSA No more than 10 schools may be listed on your FAFSA at one time. If you add an eleventh school, the new school code overwrites a previous school code. After you submit your FAFSA and receive an confirmation in 3-5 days, you may choose which school(s) to replace with the new school(s). The school(s) removed from the list will not have automatic access to any new information you provide after you ve removed that school. You will need to repeat above process if you make any changes to your FAFSA. List your California schools first for Cal Grant

22 AB 540 Undocumented Students Completed at least 3 yrs. of high school in CA and Graduated from a CA high school or received your GED in CA Eligible for in-state tuition California Dream Act of 2011 (AB 131) Undocumented or other nonresident students may qualify for In-state tuition rates at UC, CSU and CCC Cal Grants and other applicable state aid The Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver Program Institutional aid

23 **Avoid being charged a fee to file the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid! Completion and processing of the FAFSA are FREE. FAFSA Hotline Cash 4 College January 30, am-1pm Library

24 Sample Financial Aid Award Letter Financial Aid Award Assistance April 9, am-1pm College Office

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