2022-23 Cal Grant A, B & C Breakdown

    Financial Aid Programs through CSAC (California State Aid Commission)


    Financial Aid Applications 


    California Dream Act Application (CADAA)

    Applications are open now and can be submitted beginning October 1st

    Be sure to complete your applications ASAP

    Deadline for Cal Grant consideration:  March 2, 2021

    What is a Cal Grant?

    What is a Pell Grant? Watch this video for a quick overview

    PLEASE NOTE:  Some colleges require you to complete your financial aid application prior to March 2 to be considered for scholarships and financial aid at their institution.  Check your school´s financial aid website for deadlines and information.


    Dependent students must report their parents’ information, as well as their own, on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form


    Sierra College Financial Aid Workshops

    FAFSA Workshops presented by Sierra College

    California Dream Act Application Workshops presented by Sierra College

    Cash for College

    Free webinar presented by the California Student Aid Commission

    The California Student Aid Commission is excited to announce our series of Statewide Cash for College Webinars! The webinars will provide information to help students and families complete the FAFSA/CADAA. The webinars are FREE and open to all students and families applying for financial aid. We will have volunteers answering questions throughout the session via chat box (general questions only) and one-on-one assistance on the Cash for College Hotline after the webinar.

    Register for this FREE webinar here!

    Click HERE for dates and registration link 

    FAFSA Website

    FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  You can file a FAFSA starting in October of your senior year.  This establishes eligibility for grants and loans from the federal and state government such as Cal-Grants.  Eligibility for this money is based primarily on parents’ income from two years prior to the student’s freshman year in college (i.e., For Fall 2019 college attendance, 2017 tax information is needed to fill out the FAFSA).

    How to Get Started with the FAFSA

    1. Create a FSA ID
    • The FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature. Only create a FSA ID using your own personal information and for your own exclusive use.  You are not authorized to create a FSA ID on behalf of someone else, including a family member.  Save your FSA ID for next year’s application submission!!!
    1. Complete the FAFSA Application
    • What you need to file.

    If you are a U.S. citizen and dependent student:

    -Your Social Security Card
    -Your driver’s license (if any)
    -Your 2019 W-2 forms
    -Your 2019 Federal Income Tax Return
    -Your 2019 untaxed income records
    -Your current bank statements
    -Your parents’ Federal Income Tax Return
    -Your parents’ 2019 W-2 forms
    -Your parents’ bank statements
    -Your parents’ untaxed income records
    -Your parents’ current business and investment records


    California Dream Act Application (CADA)

    The California Dream Act Application allows students interested in attending eligible California Colleges, Universities and Career Education Programs to apply for state financial aid.

    California Dream Act Application

    CADA Questions & Answers


    CSS Profile (financial aid for some Private Colleges)

    CSS Profile Website - check if your college utilizes the CSS Profile

    The CSS PROFILE form is administered by the College Scholarship Service (CSS), the financial aid division of the College Board. The CSS PROFILE is required by many private colleges and universities to determine your eligibility for non-government financial aid, such as the institution's own grants, loans and scholarships.

    If your Private School is not listed on the CSS Profile as a member school, they more than likely will have their own need-based methodology that is separate from the FAFSA and CSS Profile.  Contact the private colleges in your senior year for this information.

    Sierra College
    Undocumented Student Center

    If you have any questions, please contact the Undocumented Student Center at undocu@sierracollege.edu or 916-741-0711.



    Due to the current situation and you getting ready to embark off to college, you may be rethinking your financial aid situation. 

    I came across this website resource, Swift Student, with information regarding requesting a change to your financial aid situation.  It is a free resource with a lot of answers to questions you may have as well as helping you put your ducks in a row to appeal your financial aid package.

    Financial Aid Appeals

    Cost of College

    Direct Costs – tuition, fees, campus housing

    Indirect Costs – books, supplies, room & board, personal expenses, transportation

    What Exactly is Financial Aid?

    Financial Aid is the money you and your family can get for educational expenses.  It’s designed to supplement the amount you and your family contribute.  There are four basic types of financial aid and they start with the FAFSA or CSS Profile.

    1. Grants: awarded based on need; you do not have to repay a grant.
    2. Scholarships: awarded on special ability, academic achievement, religious affiliation, ethnic background, special interest, or random drawing; you do not have to repay a scholarship.
    3. Work Study: a federal program offering part-time jobs both on and off campus.  You don’t repay work study funds because you’re trading work for financial aid.
    4. Education Loans: funds borrowed from a financial institution or the federal government.  You must repay education loans, usually with interest.

    Free money includes:

    • Grants
    • Fee Waivers
    • Scholarships
    • Work-Study Programs

    Money you need to pay back includes:

    • Loans

    *Subsidized:  Government pays interest while student is in college

    *Unsubsidized: Student is responsible for cost of interest while in school



    Where do I find Scholarships?

    • Naviance
    • College & Career Center and the College & Career Center Website
    • RJUHSD Local Scholarship Program Feb. 1-28
    • Organizations your family is connected to – Local businesses, clubs, unions, banks, churches, parents place of employment.
    • Check your intended college’s website under financial aid/scholarships.
    • Online searches – be sure they are FREE. Here a few…
    1. Financial Aid on the Web: finaid.org
    2. Salle Mae Scholarships: https://www.salliemae.com/college-planning/college-scholarships/
    3. College Board: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/grants-scholarships
    4. College Board Opportunity Scholarships: https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/
    5. Going Merry: https://www.goingmerry.com/
    6. Wired Scholar: wiredscholar.com
    7. com: www.gocollege.com
    8. Search for Scholarships: Scholarships360.org
    9. Student Aid: Studentaid.gov
    • RJUHSD Local Scholarship Program.
    • Check the RJUHSD Local Scholarship Program from February 1 – 28th. Applications will be available 2/1/19.  A list of previous scholarships is available to review in the College & Career Center in December.

    Helpful Links and Website for financial aid

    Information on Cal Grants and California Financial Aid Programs: CSAC Website

    Federal Student Aid at a Glance

    Creating a FSA ID

    Senior Financial Aid Checklist

    College Board High School Checklist (Freshman-Senior years)

    Sierra College Financial Aid Workshops

    CSS Profile Website  - Use your same user name and password as you use to log into Collegeboard.org.  

    FAFSA Website - Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid (grants, work-study, and loans) to pay for college or career school.