Financial Aid Timeline: Senior Year
Make sure you have a Social Security number. You will need one to file for financial aid.
If you intend to submit and Early Action or Early Decision college application, check with the college Office of Financial Aid for their deadlines.
If you are applying to a private school, check to see if they require the CSS Profile.
CSS Profile Student Guide provides great information for getting started including a list of colleges. (See the section for the CSS Profile)
The CSS Profile is available October 1st. Check with each college Financial Aid Office for specific requirements and deadlines. There is an initial application fee and additional fee for each report sent to colleges. See the section for the CSS Profile)
Attend Financial Aid Information Night at FHS for an understanding of terms, process and the financial aid timeline.
Request your PIN (Personal Identification Number) for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) http://www.pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/pinindex.jsp (See the section on the FAFSA)
Parents should gather their tax information and prepare to complete your taxes early. This will help in filling out the FAFSA as information requested is based on your current income tax information.
If you intend to apply for a Cal Grant, talk to your counselor about submitting your verified Cal Grant GPA to the California Student Aid Commission. This must be done along with the FAFSA by March 2.
Obtain the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Available January 1st. https://fafsa.ed.gov/. (See the section for the FAFSA)
Attend the FAFSA Workshop at Foothill High for help filling out your form. Watch for an announcement for the day and time.
Contact the college Office of Financial Aid and inquire about financial aid programs that might be available to you. Make sure you are aware of any deadlines specific to a particular college.
File your FAFSA and/or Cal Grant Application before the March deadline.
Compare your financial aid awards from colleges that have offered you admission. Contact the College & Career Center if you have any questions.
If you have any questions or concerns about the financial aid offered to you, contact the college – Office of Financial Aid. They are very helpful.
Make sure you have completed any financial aid forms requested by the college of your choice. Call the Financial Aid office if you do not receive a confirmation. Never assume.