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FREE Help with FAFSA

Saddleback Community College offers FREE workshops to help walk students through the FAFSA process. Student does NOT need to be planning to attend Saddleback in order to attend. If parent chooses to attend, he/she must be accompanied by the student as well.


When: every Tuesday from 4-5:30pm

Where: Saddleback Community College in the Career Center

Financial Aid

Free workshops for finding money for college

Locations for free Cash for College Workshops are available at:


How Will I Ever Be Able To Afford College?

Colleges and Universities will expect students and their families to contribute toward the expense of college, however, most college students utilize some form of financial aid to close the gap ...more

Part I: Filing the FAFSA for school year 2016-2017

  • FAFSA Applications for the 2016-17 school year will be available beginning January 1, 2017.  Complete the online application – website:  Create an FSA ID
  • Gather the necessary paperwork for both the parent and the student.  Print the paper FAFSA worksheet (available at this website: and fill in the information offline.  Once completed, you will go online to enter your data.  NOTE:  Save your information often during the process so you won’t lose it if your computer connection is lost.
  • Be sure you are filing for the 2016-2017 FAFSA.  Follow the instructions to complete and submit the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 
  • Go to this website:   You can save it as you go along, but be sure to submit your completed FAFSA form no later than March 2, 2017 (February for some colleges and/or scholarships).  You MUST complete the FAFSA if you wish to be considered for Federal loans.

Cal Grants and GPAs for seniors are submitted automatically by the high school or students can opt-outThere are three kinds of CAL Grants:  Cal Grant A; Cal Grant B; and Cal Grant C.   Cal Grants can be used at any UC, CSU, California Community College, almost all independent colleges, and many career and technical schools in California.


GPA Submission Opt Out Waiver Form

Assembly Bill 2160 was signed into law in September 2014 mandating that all public schools electronically submit GPAs for grade twelve students to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).  If you wish to opt-out of your GPA being submitted, you must complete the "Opt Out Form' and return to the San Clemente registrar by October 13, 2016.  For a copy of the "Opt Out Form" visit the  Submitting the GPA is part of the process for qualifying for a Cal Grant.

Part III: WebGrants 4 Students Website and Contacting the Commission

Once a student's GPA Verification form is submitted and their FAFSA, you are encouraged to set up an account at


WebGrants 4 Students (WGS) provides students with their Cal Grant information and allows them to manage their Cal Grant account online. Students can see if the Commission has received their GPA and FAFSA or CA Dream Application and can identify missing information. Students offered a Cal Grant can update their information, including school changes to transfer their award to their school of choice.   Students with questions should contact WGS at or the Commission’s Student Support Services at (888) 224-7268 or at

CSS/Financial Aid Profile

The fast, easy, convenient secure way to apply for financial aid The CSS Financial Aid Profile is a national, not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Many of the member colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, and scholarship programs use the information collected on PROFILE to help them award nonfederal student aid funds.

For more information regarding the CSS profile please visit



What is federal student aid and who gets federal student aide?  Click here for the "Federal Student Aid At A Glance" 2016-2017.  At this site you can create an FSA ID, Complete the Free Application For Federal Aid (FAFSA) (first step in the financial aid process for students is to complete the FAFSA) (Students and parents can submit their FAFSA After January 1st of the student's senior year in high school (application opens October 1st - January 1st), Review your Student Aid Report, etc.

On The Web

  5. LenEDU's Video Series on Scholarships and Financial Aid made simple
  6. Avoid Simple FAFSA Mistakes...
  9. For questions about federal financial aid, visit the U.S. Department of Education site for students and parents.
  11. This student-focused Web site, sponsored by the California Student Aid Commission, provides information on all Cal Grants in one location
  13. The California Student Aid Commission's Web site provides details on all the California state aid programs and how to apply for them.  Students can click on WebGrants for Students for fast answers about their Cal Grant application. 
  15. Here you will find information on free California Cash for College workshops where students can get line-by-line help completing the FAFSA and other forms.
  17. EdFund's Web site presents information on planning and paying for college, federal loans, tools for financial literacy and much more.
  19. Click here for EdFund's online financial planning tool, EdWise, which can help students borrow wisely, create a realistic spending plan and more
  20.  Need Money for College?  Visit FastWeb to search for over 1.3 million scholarships!

California Dream Act

For information regarding the California Dream Act visit  For information in Spanish, click here : Información en español oprima aqui

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