Links to Online Applications
Ready to get the application process started? Just click on the links below. They’ll guide you to the sites for all of the most important financial aid and community college application forms. If you need some help filling out the forms, make sure to get in touch with the financial aid office at your local California community college.
FAFSA. This is the biggie, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It’s the starting point for just about any kind of financial aid. Follow this link to start a new application or review one you’ve already started: www.fafsa.gov.
Cal Grants. Let’s hear it for two of the sweetest words in the English language: free money. With a Cal Grant, you can get money for college expenses, and you don’t have to pay it back. For more information, click here.
Chafee Grant. If you’re in foster care or you were in the past, you might qualify for this grant. You don’t have to pay the money back, and there’s a chance you can use it to help pay for child care, transportation and rent while you’re in school. You must file the FAFSA and the supplemental Chafee Grant form to qualify. Apply here: www.chafee.csac.ca.gov/StudentApplication
Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver. If you’re worried about the cost of community college enrollment, look into the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver. If you qualify, you won’t have to pay the community college enrollment fees. Click here to apply, or apply in Spanish here. Once you complete the application, you'll need to mail or hand deliver it to your community college's financial aid office. To find contact information for your college's financial aid office, you can use the zip code locator on the right side of this page.
Once you’ve qualified for the BOG Fee Waiver, it’s important to ensure that you’re meeting the academic and progress standards in order to avoid losing it. Click here to read the requirements to remain eligible for the BOG Fee Waiver.
Dream Act Application. The California Dream Act is really two laws that were passed in 2011, and allow AB 540 students to apply for and receive several types of financial aid. If you think you qualify, follow this link to set your dream in motion: www.dream.csac.ca.gov.
California Community College Admission. You can apply to most California community colleges using this site. Just choose your college from the drop-down menu, click “apply,” and you’re on your way: www.cccapply.org.