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FAFSA and the CA Dream Act


The FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid

The FAFSA should be the first thing you do in the search for financial aid. This calculates how much money the federal government will give you based on your and your parents' financial information from the previous year. Completing the FAFSA also allows you to be considered for state aid, certain scholarships, grants from colleges/universities and federal student loans.

The CADAA: California Dream Act Application

The CADAA is an alternative to the FAFSA for students who are undocumented; including students who are AB-540 eligible, DACA or TPS. Unfortunately, undocumented students without a Social Security number cannot receive federal aid but the CADAA was created in an attempt to fill this void.


What things do I need to get ready to file, and what should I bring to a FAFSA support event:

  • Your Social Security number, or if not a U.S. citizen, alien registration number or permanent residence card
  • Your driver’s license number
  • Your parents’ and your tax return(s) from the year prior to the application opening
    • Most likely you'll be filing the FAFSA to begin college in 2021-2022, so you would use tax returns from 2019
  • Your parents’ and your most recent bank statements
  • Your parents’ most recent business, mortgage and investment records


            Click here for the 8 easy steps to filling out a FAFSA!


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