Q: What is need-based Financial Aid?

A: Need-based Financial Aid is when the family has a “need” for assistance to pay for college. This assistance can come in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans.

Q: When does I file my FAFSA?

A: California residents must file their FAFSA by March 2 to be eligible for Cal Grant consideration.

Q: What is the website for the FAFSA application?

A: The website is www.FAFSA.ed.gov.

Q: What information is needed to file a FAFSA?

A: PIN (Personal Identification Number), your parents’ completed tax return, other financial information such as savings and checking account information.

Q: How much does it cost to file a FAFSA?

A: There is no cost for filing a FAFSA.

Q: When do students receive their Financial Aid offer from a college?

A: Financial Aid offers usually arrive a day or two after a student receives their admission acceptance.