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Homeless Youth Resources

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.

Foster Youth Resources

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.

Use a College Cost Calculator

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.

Everfi: Financial Literacy Lessons

Financial literacy is broad and critically important Everfi offers financial literacy lessons to teach students how to make wise financial decisions to promote financial well-being over their lifetime.

College affordability is much more than just FAFSA/CADAA completion during senior year. Given your success in senior year, try adding in college affordability planning content starting as early as 6th grade. Taking a developmental approach and starting these conversations early eliminates confusion and stress for students and their families during senior year.

Create a communication plan

Begin communicating with students’ families as early in their high school career as possible about postsecondary plans and the associated costs. Some ways in which you can go about this include family newsletters, family financial aid nights (with translators if possible) and offering one on one meetings with parents to focus solely on the college financial aid process.

Use a calendar for all HS Seniors

Postsecondary advising and support is an ongoing process. This 15-month comprehensive calendar will help you  plan ahead and find the best resources to support their college and career readiness work for your high school juniors and seniors. The calendar covers the academic year as well as the summers before and after it. How can this be embedded into your school calendar?

Deepen your planning

This document provides suggested outreach activities that can help you plan your communications to students and parents about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process. It provides information on optimal timing, messaging objectives, target audiences, outreach activities, and resources.