Seniors must remember that many colleges, with the exception of the Common Application schools, want students to send an updated transcript that includes first semester senior grades. Please make sure your senior is checking his/her college portal accounts to see if any transcripts are requested/required. To request these, seniors need to follow the format that they were taught to request transcripts using Naviance. For questions, students should see their counselor right away.
Senior students heading to post-secondary education should have applied for, or be currently completing, financial aid via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Deadline is March 2nd. Once the application is submitted, you will be able to review a Student Aid Report (SAR). Review the SAR to make sure all the information is correct. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) appears on the top of the SAR. The EFC is the amount of money that the federal government has determined that you and your family can contribute toward the cost of your child’s college education. Eligibility for need-based aid is based on the difference between what the family can pay and the cost of attending the college or university. The EFC is calculated by a standard formula, applied to all financial aid applicants nationwide, and takes into consideration all of the information you provided on the FAFSA.
After your student’s FAFSA has been submitted, he/she can be considered for a California Grant (Cal Grant). ALL seniors were submitted for a Cal Grant electronically, so students do not need to apply individually or fill out any paperwork. Information regarding the Cal Grants are found by clicking HERE. To find out the status of your Cal Grant, AFTER you have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you can go online and check the status of your Cal Grant application by logging onto https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov and creating an account. This secure site will let you view the status of your Cal Grant application, update your address, view payment history or tell us you're changing your school.