Financial Aid

  • Federal Student Aid
    An Office of the US Department of Education

    As you prepare for college or career school, explore how financial aid works, learn about the types of aid, and find out if you’re eligible. You can also estimate what aid you may be eligible for when you check out Federal Student Aid Estimator.


    Applying for Financial Aid

    Federal student aid from ED covers such expenses as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. Aid can also help pay for other related expenses, such as a computer and dependent care. Thousands of schools across the country participate in the federal student aid programs; ask the schools you’re interested in whether they do!

    Apply for federal student aid—grants, work-study, and loans—using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. Learn more.

    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school. 

    View FAFSA Deadlines.

    Note: Starting with the Class of 2023, filling out the FAFSA is a graduation requirement. 

    California Student Aid Commission

    California Dream Act Application (CDAA)

    The California Dream Act allows undocumented students, DACA recipients (valid or expired), U Visa holders and students under Temporary Protected Status (TPS), who qualify for a non-resident exemption under Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540), Senate Bill 2000 (SB 2000) and Senate Bill 68 (SB 68), to receive certain types of financial aid such as: private scholarships funded through public universities, state administered financial aid, university grants, community college fee waivers, and Cal Grants. 

    In addition, the California Dream Act, allows eligible students to pay in-state tuition at any public college in California. 

    Check out some resources from the California Student Aid Commission for undocumented/Dreamer students filling out the California Dream Act Application. 

Financial Aid Events

  • Drawing of a Hand offering money with text: Financial Aid Application Workshops

    Students: Get help filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) at this workshop.

    Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m.  - 2:30 p.m.
    San Mateo High School Library  

    CalKids Townhall Flyer: February 28

    CalKids Town Hall with State Treasurer Fiona Ma, CPA

    Tuesday, February 28, 6-7 p.m.

    Via Zoom  

    Spanish interpretation available.

    Give your child a jumpstart in saving for college through CalKIDS, a new children’s savings account (CSA) program administered by the State of California.

    CalKIDS provides newborns up to $100, and eligible public school students identified as low-income, foster youth, or experiencing homelessness with up to $1,500 in a CalKIDS account for higher education and career training.


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Related Information

  • CSAC Cash for College Logo

    Students and families can attend free Cash for College Workshops across California for help completing the FAFSA, CADAA and Chafee Applications.