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How to Apply

To be considered for federal financial aid at Chaffey College, students must begin by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  and list Chaffey College Title IV School Code on the application (001163). An FSA ID is needed to electronically sign the FAFSA. Students can contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center if they have any issues related to their FSA ID at 800-433-3243.

Students should complete the FAFSA online beginning October 1st of each year. The FAFSA should be completed and submitted to the processing center as soon as possible after October 1st for the next academic year. Students not able to complete a FAFSA can now apply for state financial aid. To be considered for state financial Aid, students MUST meet AB540 requirements and submit a California Dream Act Application.


Need Help with Your Financial Aid?

Upcoming Workshops
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Receive FAFSA/Dream Act assistance application every week on

Wednesdays from 2pm to 4:00pm (BE Building 100) (English and Spanish) and
Fridays from 9:00am to 11:00am (Zoom) Registration is required with the links provided. 

Unable to attend our Financial Aid workshops? No worries, the California Student Aid Commission Office is holding additional 2024-2025 FAFSA and California Dream Act Application assistance workshops to help you submit your application and answer any questions you may have. Don't forget to Register to attend their workshops.

What do you need for the webinar?

  • Your parents and your FSA ID (For FAFSA filers ONLY) or Dream Act account (For CADAA filers)
  • Driver’s License, if you have one
  • Social Security Card, if you have one
  • Alien Registration Card, if you have one
  • ITIN, if you have one
  • List of colleges you are interested in to list on the applications
  • Most current bank statements
  • Any records of untaxed income
  • 2022 tax information (California Dream Act Applicants will require 1040’s Tax Return and W2’s information)
  • This includes your parents’ tax information if you are a dependent student. 
  • Not sure? Click here: Am I an independent or dependent student?  


    • The 2023-24 FAFSA/CA Dream Act Application covers summer 2023, fall 2023, and spring 2024 terms.
    • The 2024-25 FAFSA/CA Dream Act Application covers summer 2024, fall 2024, and spring 2025 terms. 


The following information is needed to complete a Financial Aid application for 2023-2024.

  • 2021 Federal Tax Returns, W-2 forms and/or proof of untaxed income
  • Social Security Number**
  • Alien Registration Number (for eligible non-citizens)
  • Parent(s) 2021 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:

  • Apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Be enrolled in an eligible education program for the purpose of obtaining an associate degree, certificate of achievement or completing requirements for transfer to another college.
  • Demonstrate financial need. Financial need is defined as the difference between the cost of attendance (COA) at a school and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by the standards set by Chaffey College
  • 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

Eligible Non-Citizen

  • U.S. Permanent Residents with a Permanent Resident Card (I-551)
  • Conditional Permanent Residents (I-551C)
  • Those with an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) showing the designations of the following:
    • Refugee
    • Asylum Granted
    • Parole
    • Cuban-Haitian Entrant
    • Those with an Immigration Court document approving Asylum
    • Documentation of entering the U.S. under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act


Learn about Federal Aid Eligibility:

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California Dream Act

This program determines financial aid eligibility for:

  • Undocumented students
  • Students who left the state but graduated from a California high school and meet the requirements of AB 540
  • Go to the State of California’s Dream Act website for more information

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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