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Prior Prior Year FAFSA starts in October, 2016

The primary component of a financial aid application is the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  In the past, this form has not been available for students to complete until January 1st of the student’s year of graduation.  Beginning with the Class of 2017, this form will be available beginning on October 1st, which means students in the Class of 2017 can submit their FAFSA starting October 1, 2016.  In order to complete the FAFSA at that time, parents will be asked to provide income and tax information from the ‘prior prior’ year.  For the Class of 2017, tax information will be used from 2015.  For most families, this should streamline the application process because most families will be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which allows students/parents to electronically import the data that was submitted to the IRS with the family’s 2015 tax return.

Submitting a FAFSA in the fall should also allow colleges to notify students and families earlier about the type and amount of financial aid that each college will be able to offer students.  Earlier notification should minimize the stress that students experience under the current process. Currently, financial aid packages arrive shortly before the time when students have to make a decision about which school they will attend.  Students will now have more time to get a clear picture of the cost associated with attending each school to which he or she is admitted, allowing for a more thoughtful and less-stressed decision on the part of students and their families.

Our Senior Financial Aid Night, which will give details on how to fill out the FAFSA, will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, in the Lynbrook auditorium.

 

 

FAFSA

Students interested in applying for federal and state aid (grants, loans, work-study, etc.) must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and indicate their college choices.

CSS Profile for Private Colleges

Students applying to private colleges may be asked to fill out the CSS PROFILE to help identify additional forms of financial aid. Please check with your colleges to find deadline dates. 

Cal Grants

Grant and Scholarship Opportunities and Search Engines

Name of Website Description
Christian Connector The Christian Connector is a "one-stop-shop" for receiving free information from Christian colleges. The site has dozens of links to Christian colleges, as well as admissions and financial aid tips and more. All of our information services are offered absolutely free! U.S. students considering undergraduate Christian colleges can also take advantage of our free Christian College Scholarship Resource Program.
FastWeb.com Fastweb is the premier online resource when it comes to paying for and preparing for school. They've been around for over 15 years and have earned a reputation as a leading scholarship search provider. They not only find scholarships but offer our members information on financial aid, jobs and internships, student life and more.
finaid.org A guide to financial aid.
FirstWriter.com It is a fully searchable database of writing competitions that contains details and contact information for writing contests from around the English-speaking world, including dozens which are free to enter.
Grants.gov Grants.gov is your source to FIND and APPLY for federal grants.
MeritAid.com A comprehensive directory of merit scholarships and academic scholarships from colleges across the country.
Unigo A free directory of national scholarships.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation Scholarship Opportunities LOCAL - Silicon Valley Community Foundation administers a variety of scholarship programs that grant between $500 and $17,000 to high school, community college and university students. The majority of our scholarships are designated for current or former residents of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. All scholarships have been established by generous local individuals, corporations or organizations to assist students with their educational pursuits.
StudentScholarships.org Great scholarship and career & salary database.
Financial Aid Tool Kit Great resource for financial aid information

Additional Financial Aid Links

Program Description
California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth This provides information on this exciting opportunity for foster youth and former foster youth.
California Colleges Site Financial aid guide through questions.
California Student Aid - CalGrants It lists free Cash for College workshops in your area where you and your parents can get help filling out the FAFSA. You may even win an additional $1,000 scholarship at a Cash for College workshop.
ECMC This is for planning college financing and managing a student loan.
Federal Student Aid The US Department of Education's financial aid search and information.
FinAid It offers an overall look at financial aid, where to look for it and how to get it.
Foothill College Financial Aid TV Videos on general financial aid issues and specific to Foothill/DeAnza.
Going2College Search and cost calculator.
Health Jobs Start Here Scholarships and financial aid for people going into a health profession.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund This site provides a scholarship directory for Latino students.
I Can Afford College - CA Community Colleges It is for information on California Community Colleges and other kinds of financial aid.
Open Education Database This site provides a scholarship directory for African American students.
ScholarShare College savings accounts.