FAFSA/CADAA Graduation Requirement
New for Class of 2023: FAFSA/CADAA Graduation Requirement
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) determines a student’s eligibility for financial aid to assist with a student’s attendance at a college or career school. California Education Code (CEC) § 51225.7 requires a local educational agency to confirm each 12th-grade student’s completion and submission of a FAFSA or CADAA unless the student is determined to be exempt or an opt-out form is completed.
For guidance on whether you should complete the FAFSA or CADAA learn more here.
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As ‘insurance’ in case your family’s income falls.
Can benefit high-income applicants to need-aware colleges.
This opt-out form permits a student to opt out of the completion of a FAFSA or CADAA form graduation requirement. Completing this graduation requirement opt-out form does not prevent you from applying for the FAFSA or CADAA.
- Cal Grant GPA submission begins
- Talk to your high school about submitting your GPA before March 2
- Online CA Dream Act Application opens
- Make sure you submit the CA Dream Act Application before March 2
- Get help at a Cash for College workshop in your area
- March 2, is the priority financial aid filing deadline for most colleges and universities and the absolute deadline for submission of your Cal Grant application (CA Dream Act Application + GPA)
- If you or your school submits your certified GPA using your DACA SSN, make sure you include that DACA SSN on question #8 of your CA Dream Act Application
- Better yet, submit a Non-SSN GPA to the CA Student Aid Commission
After March 2
- Some colleges, especially community colleges, accept the CA Dream Act Application throughout the year. Check with your campus Financial Aid Office.
Financial Aid Events
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 Town Hall with State Treasurer Fiona Ma, CPA
Tuesday, February 28, 6-7 p.m.
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.
Cash For College Workshops
Students and families can attend free Cash for College Workshops across California for help completing the FAFSA, CADAA and Chafee Applications.