Applying for financial aid is an annual process wherein students are encouraged to apply by March 2nd for aid for the following Fall semester/quarter. Consideration for priority funding is given to those who apply on or before this day as funding is limited and applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cal Grant:

  • FAFSA – March 2
  • GPA Verification Form – March 2

Chafee Grant:

  • FAFSA – March 2
  • Chafee grant application – March 2

Community College Competitive Cal Grant: – September 2

Pell Grant: Students are strongly encouraged to file their FAFSA by March 2 in order to ensure access to all available financial aid. For community college students, however, there is no specific deadline for submitting the FAFSA in order to qualify for a Pell Grant, and other financial aid may be available even if applications are received after the deadline. So students going to community college who miss deadlines should still apply. The sooner students apply, the better.

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