For students who have experienced homelessness, applying for financial aid can be confusing and overwhelming. These resources for both students and professionals take the mystery out of applying for and maintaining financial aid. Included on this page is a comprehensive Financial Aid Guide, step-by-step visual guide to the FAFSA/CADAA, and an “After the FAFSA/CADAA” checklist.
This comprehensive guide for California Foster Youth and adult supporters begins with an explanation of different types of financial aid available, includes helpful tips to completing the FAFSA/CADAA, key steps on what to do after the FAFSA/CADAA to ensure maximum aid awards, and explains how to keep getting financial aid.
Attend virtual training on the financial aid tools on CaliforniaColleges.edu. Learn about our financial aid lessons to prepare students for the financial aid application process and how to use educator reports to track students’ financial aid application statuses.
uAspire’s College Cost Calculator is a free online tool that helps students decipher and compare financial aid offers. Students can figure out how much they will have to pay, including estimates for indirect expenses and loan repayment, and compare costs between colleges easily. Students create an account and are able to access the information entered at any time.
These checklists can be handed out or sent to Spanish-speaking families and students to explain completion of the CSS Profile which is an additional financial aid form that some colleges require in order for students to be eligible for institutional financial aid.
These checklists can be handed out or sent to English-speaking families and students to explain completion of the CSS Profile which is an additional financial aid form that some colleges require in order for students to be eligible for institutional financial aid.
This video explains how to access and download the Student Aid Report which is the summary document of information entered on the FAFSA. It also includes important information such as the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), potential issues with your FAFSA and potential required next steps.
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Wondering what information and documents are needed to gather to complete the FAFSA? This video reviews what information students and parents need to pull together in order to complete the FAFSA/CADAA.
Providing financial aid presentations to all students is a great place to start the conversation and to allow students to ask questions and learn about postsecondary pathways. These workshops can be done in the classroom for a smaller group setting or auditorium style for a larger group setting. This toolkit can help you get started.