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Student Financial Aid

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation.  At the office of Federal Student Aid, our more than 1,300 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $120 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school.  
At the Media Center, we can help you complete and submit your financial aid application ( for college.  Must be completed by March 2nd.
Minimum requirements
The requirements to receive Federal Student Aid are as follows:
  • Meet U.S. Citizenship or eligible non-citizenship requirements.  (Note: Deferred Action recipients are not eligible for Federal Student Aid.)
  • Student must possess a High School Diploma or state-issued High School Equivalency Certificate from a regionally accredited institution (  
    • Examples:
      • GED®
      • HiSET
      • TASC
      • Foreign High School Diploma must be notarized, translated, and is the responsibility of the student.
  • Demonstrate a need.
We can also help undocumented students complete the California Dream Act Application.  Must be completed by March 2nd.
Requirements for the California Dream Act (
  • You are not eligible to file the FASFA.
  • You attended a CA high school for three or more years or
    • You attained credits from a CA high school equivalent to three or more years of full-time high school coursework and a total of three or more years attendance in CA elementary schools, CA secondary schools, CA adult schools, or a combination of those schools, or
    • You attained credits at a CA community college or a combination of the schools listed above.
  • You graduated or will graduate from a CA high school or the equivalent by passing the GED, HiSET, TASC, CHSPE, or
    • You have or will have an associate degree from a CA community college, or
    • You have or will have fulfilled the minimum requirements to transfer from a CA community college to a University of CA or CA State University, and 
  • If you are without lawful immigration status, you will file an affidavit with your college stating that you will take action to legalize your immigration status as soon as you are eligible.
*Note: If you have completed the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process, you should file the Dream Act Application even if you have a Social Security number.
To begin, apply online by visiting the Federal Student Aid website at

Financial Aid staff is available to:

  • Provide information on Financial Aid resources
  • Assist in completing Financial Aid applications.  

Types of Aid:

  • Federal Types of Financial Aid
    • Federal Grant Programs
      • Examples such as Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.
    • Federal Work-Study Programs
      • Programs to help offset college costs.
    • Federal Loan Programs
      • Student loans offered from the government through the Department of Education.  They usually offer low-interest rates and generous repayment terms.
  • Institutional Assistance
    • Colleges and other educational institutions may offer work-study, college loans, scholarships, grants, etc.
  • Private Financing
    • Private loans include traditional banks, credit unions, higher education agencies, and more.
  • Scholarships
    • A grant or payment made to support a student's education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievements.
  • Corporate/Employer Funding
    • Companies may pay tuition for their employees to return to school.  Check with your employer for more information.

Financial Aid Resources: