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FAFSA Tutorial

Saddleback Community College has many helpful tools when it comes to Financial Aid and filling out the FAFSA/Dream Act, including this helpful video. 

For more helpful tutorials about Finanical Aid, please click here. 
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SCHS encourages every senior student to complete the online FAFSA or Dream Act. SCHS will submit a verified Cal Grant GPA for you. To be considered for a Cal Grant you must complete the FAFSA or CADAA.

Alert: The FAFSA and CADAA have been updated this year to make it easier to complete. Check with specific colleges for deadlines as some schools have offered extensions due to the delay of the launch and some are adhering to the traditional March 2nd deadline. 

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FAFSA Update from the US Department of Education 2/27/24: Read HERE

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Colleges and Universities will expect students and their families to contribute toward the expense of college, however, most college students utilize some form of financial aid to close the gap between what their families can afford, and the actual cost of college. 
General Types of Financial Aid:
Federal Aid:  Aid that comes from the U.S. government.  Usually distributed through the college
Gift Aid:  Financial aid that does not need to be paid back:  Grants (typically based on financial need), Scholarships (typically based on achievement, talent, or need.
Loans:  Funds that must be paid back later, with interest.  Federally-guaranteed loans can be from a private lender (e.g. bank) or from the federal government (administered by the college).  Private loans are offered by private lenders with terms set by the lender, not the government.
Private Aid:  Financial aid from non-government sources.


  • Access the FAFSA or CADAA form through your CCGI account. FAFSA Applications for this year will open in December, though you can create your FSA ID now. NOTE: If you are being asked to pay money to submit the application, you are on the wrong site! The FAFSA is always free to submit. 
  • Click HERE for a paper version to print (available in December). 
  • Gather the necessary paperwork for both the parent and the student. 
  • Once you complete the paper version, you need to enter your data online through your CCGI account.  Be sure you are filing for the FAFSA for the correct school year!    NOTE:  Save your information often during the process so you won’t lose it if your computer connection is lost.
  • In order to qualify for Cal Grant, FAFSA or CADAA needs to be submitted by March. Exact date TBD. The Saddleback Promise Program requires the FAFSA to be filed by May 1, 2024. The Federal deadline is June 30th of the following year. You MUST complete the FAFSA if you wish to be considered for Federal loans. 
  • For helpful resources, visit: Student Aid FAFSA or the California Student Aid Commission. 


Cal Grants can be used at any UC, CSU, California Community College, almost all independent colleges, and many career and technical schools in California. SCHS will submit all 12th grade GPAs to California Student Aid Commission by October 1st. 
Set up an account at Webgrants 4 Students to monitor the progress of your application. For additional resources, visit: Grant Info Login
Note: In order to be considered for a Cal Grant, you must complete your FAFSA by March, 2024. Date - TBD. 
Assembly Bill 2160 was signed into law in September 2014 mandating that all public schools electronically submit GPAs for grade twelve students to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).  If you wish to opt-out from this GPA submission, you must complete the "Opt Out Form' and return to the SCHS Registrar by September 23, 2023.  The form will be available in the SCHS Guidance Office. 
Assembly Bill 469 was signed into law in October 2021 requiring all 12th grade students complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), California Dream Act Application (CADAA), or the "opt-out" form prior to the end of the school year. 


Visit our Scholarship page for a comprehensive list of local and national scholarships. 


The fast, easy, convenient secure way to apply for financial aid.  The CSS Financial Aid Profile is a national, not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Many of the member colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, and scholarship programs use the information collected on PROFILE to help them award nonfederal student aid funds.
For more information regarding the CSS profile please visit:


For information regarding the California Dream Act visit California Dream Act FAQ's.pdf (PDF)
Dream Act Application: access through CCGI. 
For information in Spanish, click here : Información en español oprima aqui
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