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?

** Download the JBAY Financial Aid Guide for California Foster Youth

This comprehensive guide begins with an explanation of different types of financial aid available, includes a step-wise guide to completing the FAFSA, tips on what to do after the FAFSA to ensure maximum aid awards, and explains how to stay in good standing and keep getting financial assistance for school.

  • 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.