Senior Year Financial Aid Timeline
q Apply for a social security number if you have not already done so. You will need the number for financial aid and/or college admission. Pick up a PROFILE registration form from the Student Services Office to apply for financial aid from private colleges only. Check the PROFILE form for the list of colleges that require this form.
q Even if you feel that you do not qualify for needs based financial aid, complete the application form and submit it so that the school can make that decision
q Pick up the FAFSA and GPA Verification forms from the Student Services Office
q Begin filling out the forms. The FAFSA cannot be mailed before January 1st, but should be mailed as soon as possible after that date. The GPA Verification form has a deadline of March 2nd.
q Continue working on the FAFSA and GPA Verification forms and any other financial aid application forms
q Be sure to use the same version of your name on all forms
q When completed, make a copy of all forms for your records. When it is time to renew, much of the information may be the same.
q Request a “certificate of mailing” from the post office. If your forms are lost in the mail, the financial aid offices will allow you to submit a duplicate form if you have a receipt.
q MAIL EARLY in January. DO NOT WAIT until the March deadline
q Begin checking the scholarship board in the Student Services office on a regular basis
q If you have not done so already, mail all forms! The mailing deadline for the FAFSA and GP Verification form (for Cal grant Eligibility) is March 2nd
q Student will receive an acknowledgement that the FAFSA form has been received. Check for accuracy of submitted information
q Continue to check the Scholarship board in the Student Services Office
q Student will receive student aid eligibility from for the Pell grant. Mail this form to the college of your choice
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