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What is FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form you fill out to get financial aid. Financial aid includes fee waivers, grants, work-study, loans, and scholarships. Submit the FAFSA each year you are in college – it only takes about 30 minutes to complete when you are prepared.

Though undocumented students cannot apply for aid through the FAFSA, they may be eligible for state financial aid through the California Dream Act.

FAFSA Priority Filing Deadline

Submit the FAFSA as early as you can. This will help you figure out how to pay for college before classes begin.

FAFSA Deadlines
Academic year FAFSA available FAFSA Priority Filing Deadline Tax filing year
(Fall 2022, Spring 2023, and Summer 2023)
October 1, 2021
March 2, 2022*
(Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024)
October 1, 2022
March 2, 2023*

* You can submit the FAFSA after the "FAFSA Priority Filing Deadline" date until June 30 of the following year, but priority is given on a first-come, first-served basis. You may not be considered for a Cal Grant if you submit your application after this date.

Federal School Code

American River College's federal school code is 001232. Make sure you include this on your FAFSA if you want to receive financial aid at American River College.

FAFSA Resources

Tools and resources to help you complete your FAFSA.