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How to Apply for Federal Student Aid

  1. Create a FAFSA ID, students, parents and borrowers are required to  have a FAFSA ID. The FAFSA ID is the username and password that is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your FAFSA.
  2. Complete the FAFSA (make sure your SSN and legal name matches what we have listed for you at Del Oro. It's extremely important this information matches the GPA Verification form we submit for CA Student Aid.)
  3. You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) within 3 days to 3 weeks once your FAFSA is submitted. This is just the data information of what you submitted, this will not tell you how much financial aid you'll get.
  4. The information is also sent to the colleges you listed on the FAFSA. The schools calculate the type and amount of aid you will receive if you have been accepted to the school. The time frame for award letters varies based on the schools timeline.  
CSS Profile
is an online application used to collect information used by nearly 400 colleges and scholarship programs to award non-federal aid.

Important Dates:
Oct 1- first day to submit the CSS Profile application
*If a school you are applying to requires the CSS Profile, be aware of deadlines. You should submit the application no later than two weeks before  the EARLIEST priority filing date specified by your colleges. 



How to Apply for California State Aid

  1.  Complete the FAFSA by March 2 deadline
  2. Ensure that a GPA Verifcation has been submitted on your behalf by March 2nd deadline 
  3. Track your Cal Grant status online usign WebGrants for Students at www.webgrants4students.org          
(our school district submits the GPA Verification directly to California Student Aid Commision for ALL seniors by Oct 1).

Sierra College First Year Free Eligibility

Now students can get their first year free when enrolling as a first time college student. 

There is no income requirement- you just need to be a *California resident, complete the FAFSA and considered a first time student (earned 12 or fewer college units). Don't worry, Dual enrollment and Academic enrichment credits will not count towards those 12 or less college units.

Follow these steps to qualify:

  • Enroll full-time (30 total units in an academic year) or maximum shown on your student education plan
  • Complete the 2019/20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dream Act application
  • If you are also taking summer classes you'll need to complete the 2018/19 FAFSA or Dream Act application by June 30 as well
*Please contact Sierra College financial aid office for residency questions

We encourage ALL seniors to complete the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application (if applicable) 

Important Dates: 
October 1- FAFSA is open for submission
March 2- Deadline to submit FAFSA or CA Dream Act application for Cal State Aid eligibility

By completing the FAFSA or CA Dream Act application, qualifying students are eligible for some type of federal student aid. Types of aid includes federal grants and scholarships, federal works study and loans. 

Each individual college you've applied to and listed on your FAFSA or CA Dream Act application, will use your FAFSA to determine the type of aid you will receive for their school. Financial aid award letters are usually sent out between March and April. These letters typically come after college "acceptance" letters. 

College scholarships that are need based will most likely require completion of the FAFSA for eligibility requirements.

Students planning on attending a college in California will also want to apply for California State Aid as well, this application is completed by completing the FAFSA and with our districts submission of the GPA Verification form.

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