Financial Aid Workshops

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid-Priority Deadline March 2

  • What you will need to fill out a financial aid application.

    -FSA ID (For FAFSA ONLY-student & one parent, if have SSN)
    -Driver's License, if you have one
    -Social Security Number, if you have one
    -Alien Registration Card, if you have one
    -ITIN, if you have one
    -List of College, you are applying to or considering
    -Most current bank statements
    -Any records of untaxed income
    -Prior-prior year tax information (1040s and W2s)

    1.  Apply for Federal & State Aid with a valid Social Security Number

    Start by creating an FSA ID here beforehand. If parent has SSN, create one too. Link to video on how to create FSA ID.

    (FAFSA) Free Application for Federal Student Aid


    1.  Apply for the California Dream Act Application if a Student (AB540) without Valid Social Security Number 
    California Dream Act Application (CADAA).

    2.  Look for an email confirmation that your application has been submitted and processed and review your processed FAFSA application (Student Aid Report-SAR) or (California Aid Report-CAR for CADAA).

    3.  One week after completing your application, create an account at

    4.  Follow up by making corrections or providing any required information needed on the application or by a college.

    FAQs for FAFSA

    OTHER - For Private or Independent Colleges-Some may require additional forms or applications and have earlier priority deadlines.

    CSS Profile for institutional aid is required at some private institutions. See college website for more information and fees. More information on how to file.


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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