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Whittier High School

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available to qualifying students attending a four-year college, a community college, an occupational program or a vocational program.
ALL seniors are highly encouraged to apply.

**Financial Aid Workshops will be held on SATURDAY from 9am-1pm**
October 3rd
October 24th
November 7th
November 14th

Make an appointment in the New Horizons to get help filing out forms
 
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
October 1, 2021
www.fafsa.ed.gov

Priority Deadline- March 2, 2021
Community College Deadline- September 2, 2020
LOG IN WITH THE NEW FSA ID
http://fsaid.ed.gov

Replacing the PIN Number, parents and students will now log onto the FAFSA with a new FSA ID which is more secure and requires the use of a username and password as opposed to the use of only a pin number.

DREAM Act
https://dream.csac.ca.gov/

CAL GRANTS/GPA VERIFICATION FORMS
(Grants based on Family Income and GPA Submitted by WHS)
www.calgrants.org
The Cal Grant is a monetary award given to students attending California Colleges who meet income and GPA qualifications. Please click on the above link for more information. WHS Students who file a FAFSA will automatically be considered for a Cal Grant.

Cal Grant A
  • Low to middle income students
  • 3.00 GPA minimum
  • Can only be used for tuition and fees
  • If awarded at a California Community College, will be held in reserve up to two years until student transfers to a 4-year school
 
Cal Grant B
  • For low income students
  • 2.0 GPA minimum
  • Program needs to be at least 1 year in length
  • Sophomore through Senior years the student will receive tuition and fees plus Access Award (living expenses) at tuition charging institution
 
Students: Make an account at www.webgrants4students.org to review which Cal Grant, if any, you qualify for.

CSS PROFILE
(Required by some Independent Colleges)
www.collegeboard.com

Financial Aid Power Point Presentation - Click BELOW

Who completes the FAFSA?

Those who complete the FAFSA must be a U.S. Citizen or an eligible noncitizen. A FAFSA student MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR BOTH federal student aid and a Cal Grant.

An individual is an eligible non-citizen generally if you are one of the following:

  • U.S. permanent resident, with a Permanent Resident Card (formerly known as an Alien Registration Receipt Card or “Green Card”)
  • Conditional permanent resident (I-551C)
  • Other eligible noncitizen with an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security showing any one of the following designations: “Refugee,” “Asylum Granted,” “Indefinite Parole,” “Humanitarian Parole,” or “Cuban-Haitian Entrant”
  • A citizen of the Republic of Palau (PW), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (MH), or the Federated States of Micronesia (FM).

You can receive federal student aid if you are an eligible noncitizen. You must enter your eight or nine digit Alien Registration Number (ARN) on the FAFSA.

  1. Create an FSA ID Website: https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm
  2. Complete the FAFSA Website: https://fafsa.ed.gov

 

Who completes the California Dream Act?

Those who complete the California Dream Act are allowed to do so through AB 540.  AB 540 allows non-resident students who meet certain qualifications to pay in-state tuition. These students may include undocumented students, students who are US citizens but who are not CA residents and dependent students whose parents are not CA residents. A California Dreamer Act student MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR a Cal Grant but IS NOT ELIGIBLE for federal student aid.

AB 540 students are those who:

  • Have attended a CA high school for a minimum of three years; or
  • Attainment of credits in California from a California high school equivalent of at least three or more years of full-time high school coursework and a total of three or more years of attendance in California Elementary schools, California secondary schools, or a combination of those schools.
  • Graduated will graduate from a California high school or attainment of General Education Development (GED), High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), or Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), and
  • Will register or enroll in an accredited and qualifying California college or university, and
  • If applicable, complete an affidavit to legalize immigration status as soon as eligible, and
  • Do not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F, J, H, L, A, B, C, D, E, etc.)**

**If you have Temporary Protected Status or hold a U Visa you may be eligible for the California Dream Act.

California Dream Act Website:   http://www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp