WEDS MAY 5 3PM - 4PM
    WEDS MAY 12 3PM - 4PM
    WEDS MAY 19 3PM - 4PM
    WEDS MAY 26 3PM - 4PM

    Contact Brian Tolentino for any questions

    Helpful information around the process of financial aid, savings plans, and loans
    Opportunity #1: Families can attend on one or both webinars covering these topics:
    • Tuesday, May 11: Planning for College
    • Wednesday, May 12: Finding Free Money
    • Opportunity #2: You and your students are invited join an additional free Zoom session on May 18th, which is geared toward teens. This is something you could either stream during class, or students could join remotely:
      • Date: Tuesday May 18th at 1 pm PST
      • Overview: Join EVERFI and Sallie Mae and help your students get ahead this summer as they prepare to file for the FAFSA in the fall. Join us for a twenty minute FAFSA session where we will discuss everything you need to know about the FAFSA, how to file, and what information your students need to gather to apply. 
      • Joining info: Register for the Zoom here and then registrants will be emailed the link to join.

    Financial Aid Updates From Sac State Financial Aid Office (updated December 2020)

    Fall 2021 Estimated Offer Announcement 

    The Sacramento State Financial Aid Office is announcing early estimated offers to admitted students. When the early admissions decisions begin in December, those same admitted students will receive an “Estimated Offer of Financial Aid.” All students MUST have a valid financial aid application on file for 2021-2022 to receive an estimated offer. A student will not be able to accept this "estimated" offer. It will provide the family with some financial information for planning purposes.

    More information on financial aid, deadlines and scholarships - Click HERE

    The FAFSA and California Dream Act Application is now open!

    Be sure to complete your applications ASAP

    Deadline for Cal Grant consideration:  March 2, 2021

    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.


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

    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

    UndocuTalk: 2021-2022

    CA Dream Act Application Workshop

    Thursday, October 29th, from 5-6:00 P.M


    It's that time of the year again, UndocuScholars! 2021-2022 CA Dream Act applications opened October 1st, 2020 and you are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible and before the March 2nd, 2021 deadline in order to receive your full aid amount.

    Do you have questions regarding if you're eligible to apply to the CA Dream Act?

    Do you have questions regarding how to apply or about how to complete your current application?

    Did you know the application deadline for all Dreamer Cal Grants and most of the other aid listed above is March 2, but you're encouraged to apply as soon as possible?

    The Undocumented Student Center will host a presentation in collaboration with Financial Aid, Admissions and Records, Enrollment, EOPS, and Outreach representatives who will provide step by step information on how to apply to the CA Dream Act, including how to qualify for aid via AB540. There will be a question and answer session as well as 1-1 individual assistance through break out rooms on Zoom.

    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.