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Listed below is the suggested timeline, along with the recommended associated activities, that will best prepare you and your family for the financial aid orientation and application process. Remember to keep in frequent contact with your high school counselor during this process. Also, please make sure you visit your high school campus Career Center to stay up to date on all campus and local workshops, information meetings, and other financial aid and scholarship opportunities.


Start working on college admission packets.

Research private grants and scholarships.


Complete your college admission packets.

Get any special financial aid/scholarship applications from the colleges that interest you.

Apply for your PIN at www.pin.ed.gov.

Sign up for financial aid workshops at your school.

  Save your and your parents' year-end payroll stubs if they show your earnings for the entire year.

Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online as soon as possible after January 1, 2006.

Attend a free "Cash for College" and other financial aid workshops in your area (you can visit or contact your campus Career Center for a listing of local workshops).

March 2
  Today is the deadline for submitting the FAFSA and the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form to apply for the CAL Grant program. You can still apply for financial aid after this date, however, you won't be eligible to receive a CAL Grant (even if you would have qualified) - so make sure to get your forms completed and submitted by March 2!
Late March/Early April
  Respond to any letters or requests you receive from the California Student Aid Commission or your college. If you don't understand the letter(s) or request(s) make sure to visit the Career Center or speak with your counselor. We can help explain these letters to you and help you with any additional information that might be requested. It is important that you respond to any request(s) you receive for additional information.
  You should receive notification about your Cal Grant by April 30. If you don't, you can call 1-888-CA-GRANT, and check the status of your application online. You can visit your high school Career Center, or speak with your counselor, if you have questions about this.
  Many public universities have a May 1 deadline to let them know your college choice. Don't miss this important date!

CA Assembly Bill 540

Information on tuition rates for immigrant students interested in attending California's accredited public community college and universities.


CAL Grant Website

The Cal Grant Web site, sponsored by the California Student Aid Commission, where youíll find information on all the Cal Grants in one convenient place.


California Foster Youth Grant Program

The Web site sponsored by the California Student Aid Commission that provides information on grants for job training or college for foster youth and former foster youth.


California Student Aid Commission

The California Student Aid Commissionís Web site, for details on all the California state programs and how to apply for them. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) page is here.



One of the nation's leading providers of student loan services - information on low-interest federal student loans, college and financial planning, advice and strategies for borrowing.



FAFSA on the Web

FAFSA on the Web, the easiest and fastest way to apply for federal and state aid.



You can use this site for free scholarship searches based upon your unique student profile.


I Can Afford College

Financial aid planning and information website provided by the California Community Colleges


Student Aid on the Web

The U.S. Department of Educationís Web site, Student Aid on the Web, to learn more about federal Pell Grants and other federal aid, and the FAFSA.


The Student Guide

Comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education.


United Negro College Fund

The United Negro College Fund is the nationís largest, oldest, most successful and most comprehensive minority higher education assistance organization.

Selective Service Registration

The federal Military Selective Service Act requires most males residing in the United State to present themselves for registration with the Selective Service System within thirty days of their eighteenth birthday. In California, students who fail to register are also ineligible to receive any need-based student grants funded by the state or a public postsecondary institution.


Selective Service registration forms are available at any U.S. Post Office. If you haven't registered and are required to do so, you can request that information provided on the FAFSA be used to register you with the Selective Service. You can also obtain additional information and register online through the Selective Service System's web site.



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