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.
Receive FAFSA/Dream Act assistance application every week on Wednesdays from 2pm to 4:00pm (BE Building 100) and
Fridays from 9:00am to 11:00am (Zoom) Registration is required with the links provided.
The Financial Aid team will also be available to answer questions about:
- Campus Logic-Student Forms
- BankMobile Disbursements
- SAP Appeal assistance
- Panther Promise eligibility
October 1: Apply
- Complete the FAFSA or the CA Dream Act Application each year beginning October 1st.
- 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
**The California Dream Act Application does not require a Social Security number.
About the FAFSA
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.
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
- 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:
- Asylum Granted
- 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:
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
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