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.

When to Submit FAFSA

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

Academic year FAFSA available Deadline to submit FAFSA Tax filing year Completing FAFSA
(Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020)
October 1, 2018 March 2, 2019* 2017 2019-20 Completing FAFSA (PDF)
(Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021)
October 1, 2019 March 2, 2020* 2018 TBA
(Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022)
October 1, 2020 March 2, 2021* 2019 TBA

* You can submit the FAFSA after the “Deadline to Submit” 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.

FAFSA Resources

Tools and resources to help you complete your FAFSA.