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How to Apply

All students should begin by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online or the California Dream Act Application  online. You may apply once a year. Here’s some helpful information about submitting the FAFSA or the California Dream Act Application.

The 2021-2022 FAFSA/Dream Act Application opens October 1, 2020 

Join the Financial Aid team for a zoom session to complete the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application on Thursday, October 1 from 10:00am-11:30am.  Register by completing this application

Receive FAFSA/Dream Act assistance application every week on Wednesdays from 2pm-3:30pm and Fridays from 9:00am-10:30am. Register for our zoom workshops by completing this application.

The Financial Aid team will also be available to answer questions about: 

  • Campus Logic-Student Forms
  • BankMobile (disbursements)
  • SAP Appeal assistance 
  • Panther Promise eligibility 

 

The following information is needed to complete a Financial Aid Application for the 2020-2021: 

  • 2018 Federal Tax Returns, W-2 forms and/or proof of untaxed income
  • Social Security Number**
  • Alien Registration Number (for eligible non-citizens)
  • Parent(s) 2018 Federal Tax Returns, W-2 forms and/or proof of untaxed income (for dependent students*)
  • Parent(s) Social Security number**, date of birth, and date of marital status (for dependent students*)

**The California Dream Act Application does not require a Social Security number.

The following information is needed to complete a Financial Aid application for 2021-2022.

  • 2019 Federal Tax Returns, W-2 forms and/or proof of untaxed income
  • Social Security Number**
  • Alien Registration Number (for eligible non-citizens)
  • Parent(s) 2019 Federal Tax Returns, W-2 forms and/or proof of untaxed income (for dependent students*)
  • Parent(s) Social Security number**, date of birth, and date of marital status (for dependent students*)
    **The California Dream Act Application does not require a Social Security number.

 

About the FAFSA

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Tips for applying for the FAFSA:

  • Create your FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov . Your FSA ID will allow you to log into the application, and act as your electronic signature to complete the application.
  • If you are under the age of 24, you may need to complete the FAFSA with a parent’s information. Parents need their own FSA ID to sign the FAFSA if their information is included.
  • Be sure to add Chaffey College’s school code 001163 on your application.
  • If you are able to, please utilize the IRS data retrieval tool to transfer your tax information

directly to the application.

Federal Requirements

  • To be eligible for federal student financial aid a student must meet all of the following:
  • Have a high school diploma or GED or equivalent
  • Be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program
  • Have a valid Social Security number 
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-citizen
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a refund on a federal grant

 

Learn about Federal Aid Eligibility:

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Not a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident?

See if you qualify to apply for the California Dream Act Application. 

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Tips for applying for the California Dream Act Application:

  • Complete the application at dream.csac.ca.gov.
  • Be sure to add Chaffey College’s school code 00116300
  • Contact the Admissions and Records department to make sure your California residency is up to date.

 

Important Dates for applying:

October 1: FAFSA and California Dream Act Applications open

March 2: Priority Deadline for California State Grants

September 2: Secondary Deadline for California State Grants for community college students