How to Pay for College
Here are a few key resources on how to prepare and pay for college:
What is FAFSA?
- FAFSA is a free application for college aid. You can potentially receive grants (money you don’t need to pay back), work study (work on campus) and low-interest student loans.
- Additionally, if you are going to a community college, FAFSA is required as many California Community Colleges now have their first year tuition free if you apply for FAFSA.
- Every year millions go unclaimed by students who would of qualified, so just apply, its free and takes less than an hour!
How do I start my FAFSA?
- Applications open October 1st and priority deadline is March 2nd.
- You will need to have your parents 2016 Tax Information (and yours if you worked) and your (student’s) Social Security Number
- If applicable, you may also need bank statements, and any other income from that year
- For the Application, visit fafsa.gov
- You and one of your parents needs to each create an ID by visiting https://fsaid.ed.gov/
- This ID is needed to sign your FAFSA and without both signatures, your FAFSA will not complete
- DO NOT use your School email for FAFSA, you will be needing to access FAFSA later, long after you graduate and your email account is eventually deactivated.
- Make sure you (the student) put in your full legal name and social security # in correctly.
- Make sure to put in all the schools you are applying for. This is how your schools get your financial info. If you have more than 10 schools, click here for a guide.
- When selecting High School, enter San Lorenzo Valley High School (Not San Lorenzo High School).
- Enter all information before submitting the application.
- At the end of the application is where you sign with your FSA ID, if you do not sign this, a paper copy will need to be mailed to you to be signed (and this will delay your application).
- Do Not Submit Multiple FAFSA Applications as this will delay the process. You can edit the FAFSA you submit by logging in and making changes – Be sure to submit your FAFSA again after making any alterations.Z
- FAFSA has a help site located: https://fafsa.ed.gov/help.htm
- If they are not able to help email Charlotte at email@example.com
- There are thousands of scholarships each year that you can apply for. Many students don’t either because they don’t make the time or feel as if they aren’t worth the time.
- SLVHS offers over 30 local scholarships in the Spring, so be sure to apply for these and check your email.
- Click here for our Scholarship website.
- For four-year universities, when you are sent (or emailed) your Acceptance letter, you should also be given a financial aid award letter.
- On this letter it will list out the aid they will be able to provide in addition to what you will be expected to contribute each year.
- Depending on if a university offers merit or need-based aid, you also may receive scholarships based on your application.
- Some institutions also have scholarship applications that you apply for at the same time you submit your admissions application. Be sure to do your research ahead of time and apply for these!
- Here is a helpful guide for students on the different types of loans and information you should definitely read before signing any loan application.
- Additionally, here is a similar guide for parents on student loans.