FAFSA Oak 18reduced stands for “Free Application for Federal Student Aid.” When you submit a FAFSA, you automatically apply for all federal financial aid options that you may be eligible for, including a Federal Pell Grant, federal work-study and federal student loans.

The FAFSA also must be completed to apply for a Cal Grant or a Chafee grant, which is specifically for foster youth.

Deadline to Apply

  • March 2 every year
  • If you miss the deadline, you should still apply, but less aid is likely to be available.

What should I do to get started?

  • Find a FAFSA workshop (available only during the FAFSA filing period of October 1 – March 2)
  • Get help with completing the FAFSA through your high school counselor, Independent Living Program or the financial aid office at the college you are thinking about going to.
  • Submit the FAFSA

Submitting the FAFSA is FREE. Do not utilize any website which requires users to pay to submit the FAFSA.