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					Applying for
Financial Aid
 2011-2012
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What Will You Learn Today?
•   Types and sources of financial aid
•   Required financial aid application forms
•   How to complete the Free Application for
    Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the
    Cal Grant GPA Verification Form
•   Answers to your
    individual questions


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Types of Financial Aid

         •   Gift Aid - Grants or scholarships
             that do not need to be repaid
         •   Work - Money earned by the
             student as payment for a job on or
             off campus
         •   Loans - Borrowed money to be
             paid back, usually with interest



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Sources of Financial Aid

            •   Federal government
            •   State government
            •   Colleges and universities
            •   Private agencies,
                companies, foundations,
                and parents’ employers



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    Cal Grants
•   Cal Grant A Entitlement Awards – for high school
    seniors and recent high school grads with a Grade Point
    Average (GPA) of at least 3.0, family income and assets
    below the state ceilings, who demonstrate financial need
•   Cal Grant B Entitlement Awards – for high school
    seniors and recent high school grads with a GPA of at
    least 2.0, who come from disadvantaged or low
    income families, whose family income and assets are
    below the state ceilings, and who demonstrate
    financial need
•   Cal Grant C Awards - for students from low income
    families pursuing vocational programs of study

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Eligibility for Cal Grants

•   To be eligible for a Cal Grant, the
    student must also:
    • be a U.S. citizen or eligible
      noncitizen
    • be a California resident
    • attend an accredited California
      college or university in at least
      half-time in 2011-12

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  Residency and Cal Grant
  Eligibility for 2011-2012
• If unmarried and under 18 years of age, the student will be
considered a legal resident of California if:
    • parents have been legal residents of California for one year
      immediately prior to September 20, 2011, or
    • student has lived in California with other legal California
      residents, other than parents, for two years immediately prior to
      September 20, 2011, or
    • parents who are active duty military, stationed in California at the
      time the student enrolls in college, or parents’ military home of
      record is California
• If married or 18 years of age or older, the student establishes
his/her own residence status. The student must be a legal resident
of California for one year prior to September 20, 2011


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2011-2012 Cal Grant
Application Requirements
• By March 2, 2011, complete and submit:
      Free                                Cal Grant
  Application                               GPA
  for Federal                            Verification
  Student Aid                               Form
   (FAFSA)



Check with your high school or college counselor for
            more details on how to file the
           Cal Grant GPA Verification Form

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 California Chafee Grant
• The California Chafee Grant program provides
up to $5,000 annually to current and former
foster youth for college or vocational training
at any accredited college in the U.S. based on
available funding
• To be eligible, foster youth must have been in
California foster care on their 16th birthday and
not have reached their 22nd birthday before July
1, 2011
• Foster youth are encouraged to apply during       To learn more about the
their senior year of high school                      Chafee Grant, go to:
                                                   www.chafee.csac.ca.gov
• To apply, the foster youth must complete:
   • 2011-2012 FAFSA
   • California Chafee Grant Program Application


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    Types of Applications
•   FAFSA
•   Cal Grant GPA Verification Form
•   Other applications or forms as
    required by the college such as:
     •   CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
     •   Institutional Scholarship and/or
           Financial Aid Application
     •   2010 federal tax returns (along
         with all schedules and W-2s) or
         other income documentation
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FAFSA Information & Tips
•   File early, but no later
    than March 2, 2011
•   Use estimated 2010
    income information if
    taxes are not complete at
    time of FAFSA
    submission
•   Student and at least one
    parent whose information
    is reported must complete
    and sign the FAFSA

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FAFSA on the Web
•   Internet application used by
    students and parents to complete
    electronic FAFSA at:
             www.fafsa.gov
•   Sophisticated on-line edits
    and skip logic so that errors
    are less likely to be made
•   On-line help is available for
    each question
•   Student and one custodial parent
    should get a federal PIN at:
            www.pin.ed.gov
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Federal PIN
•   PIN (Personal Identification Number)
    serves as the electronic signature on
    ED documents
•   Both student and one parent need PINs
    to sign the FAFSA electronically
•   May be used to:
      • Check on FAFSA status
      • Verify and correct FAFSA data
      • Add additional schools to receive
        FAFSA data
                                                  Apply for student
      • Change home and e-mail addresses
                                                 and parent PINs at:
•   If an e-mail address is provided, PIN will
                                                  www.pin.ed.gov
    be e-mailed to the PIN applicant within
    minutes
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    Getting Ready
•   Before starting the FAFSA, gather:
     • Student driver’s license
     • Student Alien Registration Card
     • Student and Parent
           Social Security cards
           2010 W-2 Forms and records of money earned and other taxable
           benefits
           2010 federal income tax form (even if not yet completed)
           Records of untaxed income
           Current bank statements
           Business, farm, and other real estate records
           Records of stocks, bonds, and other investments
     Create a file for copies of all financial aid documents submitted


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FAFSA on the Web
Worksheet


The 2011-2012 FAFSA
on the Web Worksheet
may be used for the
January 1, 2011 through
June 30, 2012 federal aid
application cycle



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The FOTW Worksheet
A Four Section Form
Section 1 – is about the student
Section 2 – determines student
            dependency status
Section 3 – collects parental information
            for dependent students
Section 4 – collects student finances and
            information about the
            independent student


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     Section 1
       (page 2)


STUDENT INFORMATION
Section 1
Student Name

JONES                           SUSAN




•   The FOTW will ask for the student’s
    last name, first name, and middle initial
•   Make sure to report the student’s name
    exactly as it appears on the student’s
    Social Security card

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Section 1
Student Social Security Number

                                    123 – 45 – 6789




  Double check the student’s Social Security
  Number when entering it on the FOTW. Both
  student name and Social Security Number will
  be compared through a database match.




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Section 1
Citizenship Status




 •   If U.S. citizen, status will be confirmed by Social Security match
 •   If eligible noncitizen, status will be confirmed by Department of
     Homeland Security (DHS) match. This includes:
      •   U.S. permanent residents with I-551
      •   Conditional permanent residents with I-551C
       • Eligible noncitizens with I-94
 •   If neither a citizen or eligible noncitizen, the student is ineligible for
     federal/state aid, but might still be eligible for institutional funds

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Section 1
Alien Registration Number


                                              9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1




If eligible noncitizen, write in the student’s eight- or
nine-digit Alien Registration Number (ARN)
   •   Precede an eight-digit ARN with a zero
   •   Copy of the student’s Permanent Registration
       Card might be requested by the financial aid
       office

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Section 1
Undocumented Students
NOTE: if the student is undocumented
• if the student is applying to any California public college or
  university, check to see if he/she might be eligible for
  in-state tuition/fee costs
• check with colleges and universities to see if institutional
  financial aid is available
• apply for all private scholarships for which the student may
  be eligible
• watch for changes in federal and state laws regarding the
  eligibility of undocumented or under-documented students
• start inquiring in elementary, middle or high school to see if
  it is possible for younger students to become permanent
  residents
            For more information and a list of scholarships, go to
      http://www.maldef.org/leadership/scholarships/2010_Scholarship_List.pdf
                            www.latinocollegedollars.org
                   www.finaid.org/otheraid/undocumented.phtml

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Section 1
Student Marital Status




•   The student should check his or her marital
    status as of the date the FAFSA on the Web is
    submitted
•   If the student is married or remarried, he or she
    will be asked to provide information about his or
    her spouse



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Section 1
Selective Service Registration



•   Male students who are between the ages of 18 and
    25 years must be registered with Selective Service
    to receive federal and state aid
•   Answer “Register me” only if you are male, aged
    18-25, and have not yet registered.
•   The student may also register by going to:
                    www.sss.gov

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Section 1
Student Aid Eligibility Drug Convictions



•   If the student has never attended college since high
    school, check “I have never attended college”
•   If the student has attended college since high school
    but never received federal student grants, loans, or
    work-study, check “I have never received federal
    student aid”
•   If the student has received federal student aid and has
    never had a drug conviction, check “I have never had
    a drug conviction”

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Section 1
Student Aid Eligibility Drug Convictions

•   If the student was convicted of the
    possession or sale of illegal drugs while
    receiving federal student aid, the student
    will be asked to complete more questions
    about the drug offense
•   Simply having a drug conviction does not
    mean that the student will be ineligible for
    federal and/or state student aid



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Section 1
Parents’ Educational Level




Indicate highest level of schooling completed
by the student’s biological or adoptive parents
(for state award purposes only)
  • Use birth parents or adoptive parents - not
    stepparents or foster parents
  • This definition of parent is unique to these
    two questions

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    Section 1
    Student State of Legal Residence
     An important question NOT on the Worksheet:
•   Residency relates to the student’s
    permanent home state
    • if the student is dependent, the state of legal residence is
      usually the state in which the custodial parent(s) lives
•   State of legal residence is also used
    • to determine eligibility for state grants
    • in the need calculation to determine the appropriate
      allowance for state and other taxes paid
      by that state’s residents

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Section 1
High School Completion Status
 An important question NOT on the Worksheet:
High School Completion Status
When the student begins college in
the 2011-2012 school year, what
will be the student’s high school
completion status?
   •   High school diploma
   •   GED certificate
   •   Home schooled
   •   None of the above


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Section 1
Grade Level in 2011-2012
 An important question NOT on the Worksheet:
 Grade Level in 2011-2012
 When the student begins the 2011-2012 school
 year, what will be his/her grade level?
    •   Never attended college/1st year
    •   Attended college before/1st year
    •   2nd year/sophomore
    •   3rd year/junior
    •   4th year/senior
    •   5th year/other undergraduate
    •   1st year graduate/professional
    •   Continuing graduate/professional or beyond


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Section 1
High School Question
 An important question NOT on the Worksheet:
 High School Question
   • Enter the name, city and state location
     of the school the student attends
   • Mark “Confirm” to retrieve the high
     school information
   • The student will select the school
     attended from the list provided
   • If no matches are found, the student
     should select “Next” to save the search
     information and continue with the
     FOTW application

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Section 1
Degree or Certificate Objective
 An important question NOT on the Worksheet:
 Degree or Certificate
 In the 2011-2012 school year, what degree
 or certificate will you, the student, be
 working on?
 •Some options are:
  - 1st bachelor’s degree
  - Associate degree (occupational or
         technical program)
  - Associate degree (general
         education or transfer program)
  - Graduate or professional degree

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Section 1
School Selection
  An important question NOT on the Worksheet:
• FAFSA on the Web allows the student to list up
  to 10 colleges/universities that will receive
  his/her student and parent information
• The student should list first the California school
  he/she is most likely to attend
• The student may re-order his/her school choices
• Then list other schools to which the student is
  applying for admission

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Section 1
School Selection
    An important question NOT on the Worksheet:

•   While in the School Selection Section, the
    student will be asked to enter the federal
    school code for each school to which
    he/she wants information sent
•   If the student does not know the federal
    school code, enter the state in which the
    college/university is located and search
    for the federal school code by the
    college/university name

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 Section 1
 School Selection
Strategies for Listing Colleges
 •   List a California college or university
     (for Cal Grant consideration)
 •   Then list those schools with the
     earliest financial aid deadlines,
     regardless of whether they are in-state
     or out-of-state
 •   If the student is applying to more than
     ten schools, wait for the processed
     Student Aid Report (SAR) and add
     additional schools via the Web or by
     phone using the student PIN
NOTE: Each UC and CSU campus must be listed separately

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Section 1
School Selection
     An important question NOT on the Worksheet:
•   The student will be asked to select the housing plan that best
    describes the type of housing the student expects to have while
    attending each listed school
•   The choices for housing are:
      •   On Campus
      •   With Parent
      •   Off Campus
•   The student’s choice of housing may affect the amount of financial
    aid for which he/she is eligible. It is usually more expensive to live
    on or off campus than with parents or relatives
•   Remember, selecting the On Campus housing option is not an
    application for On Campus housing. Check with the colleges/
    universities for housing information when you apply for admission

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    Section 2
      (page 2)


STUDENT DEPENDENCY
      STATUS
Section 2
Determination of Student Dependency Status




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Section 2
Determination of Student Dependency Status

•   If the student checks none of the boxes about
    Dependency Status, the student will be asked to
    go to Section 3. For FAFSA filing purposes, the
    student is considered a dependent student and
    will be required to provide parental information
•   If any one of the items in this section applies to the
    student, he/she should mark the appropriate box,
    skip Section 3, and go to Section 4. The student is
    considered an independent student for FAFSA
    filing purposes and is NOT required to provide
    parental information

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 Section 3
   (page 3)

   PARENT
INFORMATION
Section 3
Parent Information
                     See Page 3 of FAFSA on the
                     Web Worksheet about who is
                     considered a parent
                     – Biological or adoptive
                       parent(s)
                     – In case of divorce or
                       separation, provide
                       information about the parent
                       and/or stepparent the student
                       lived with more in the last 12
                       months
                     – Stepparent (regardless of any
                       prenuptial agreements)
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    Section 3
    Who is Not a Parent
•   Do not provide information on:
     – Foster parents or legal guardians
        • If the student is in foster care or has a legal
          guardian, he/she is automatically considered
          an independent student
    – Grandparents or other relatives are not
      considered parents unless they have adopted the
      student
        • In this case, the student must attempt to get
          biological parental information
        • Colleges may use Professional Judgment to allow
          the student to file as independent

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    Section 3
    Parent Information
•   If the answer to any question is zero or
    the question does not apply, enter 0:                   0

•   Report whole dollar figures:      12,356   (no cents)


•   Recommendation: If your parents have not filed
    their 2010 federal tax return, use W-2 forms
    and/or other employment records - such as final
    2010 pay check stubs - to estimate total income

•   Remember, rather than miss any filing deadline,
    use estimated 2010 income information

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Section 3
Parent Information




   • If the student is providing
     father’s/stepfather’s and/or
     mother’s/stepmother’s information,
     the student will need those parents’:
        • Social Security Numbers
        • Names
        • Dates of birth

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  Section 3
  Parent Dislocated Worker




• The student will be asked to check if the father/stepfather
  and/or mother/stepmother is a dislocated worker
• A person may be considered a dislocated worker if he or she:
   • is receiving unemployment benefits due to being laid off or losing
     a job and is unlikely to return to a previous occupation
   • has been laid off or received a lay-off notice from a job
   • was self-employed but is now unemployed due to economic
     conditions or natural disaster
   • is a displaced homemaker

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 Section 3
 Parents’ Tax Return Filing Status for 2010




• The student will be asked to provide information about
  parent tax filing status for 2010:
   • If his/her parents have completed a 2010 federal income tax
     return, mark the first box
   • If they have not as yet filed, but plan to file a 2010 federal
     income tax return, mark the second box
   • If the have not, nor will not, file a 2010 federal in tax return and
     are not required to do so, mark the third box

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Section 3
Parent 2010 Adjusted Gross Income

                                                     $$$$$$


•   If the student’s parents have not yet filed their
    2010 federal tax return, use estimated 2010
    information for this question. (Do not skip this question)
•   If the student’s parents have completed their
    2010 federal tax return, use actual 2010 tax return
    information to complete this item

       Reminder: If the answer is zero or the question
                   does not apply, enter 0

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Section 3
Money Earned from Work by Parent(s) in 2010

                                            $$$,$$$
                                            $$$,$$$


Use W-2 forms and other records to determine all
income in 2010 earned from work (including
business income earned from self-employment) for
father/stepfather and/or mother/stepmother




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Section 3
Parents’ Household 2009 or 2010 Benefits Received




Indicate if the student, his/her parents, or anyone in
the parents’ household received benefits in 2009 or
2010 from any of the federal programs listed
• Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
• Food Stamps
• Free or Reduced Price School Lunch
• Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
• Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and
Children (WIC)

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    Section 3
    2010 Additional Financial Information




The student will be asked to report if his or her parents received or paid any of the
following items in 2010 (check all that apply)
    •   America Opportunity, Hope or Lifetime Learning tax credits
    •   Child support paid
    •   Taxable earnings from work-study, assistantships, or fellowships
    •   Taxable grant and scholarship aid reported to the IRS
    •   Combat pay or special combat pay
    •   Cooperative education program earnings

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Section 3
2010 Parent Untaxed Income




• The student will be asked to report if his or her parents had any
  untaxed income in 2010. Check all that apply. Some examples of
  the most common items are:
   • Payments to tax-deferred pension and savings plans such as 401K,
     IRA deductions, and payments to self-employed SEP and Keogh
   • Child support received
   • Tax exempt interest income
   • Housing, food and other living allowances paid to members of the
     military and clergy

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 Section 3
 Parent Asset Information
Parents may be asked to report their
assets. If so:
• List the net value of your parents’ assets as of
the day you complete the FAFSA
• If net worth is one million            999,999
                                         999,999
dollars or more, enter
• If net worth is zero, enter 0                      0


 NOTE: Some financial aid offices may request supporting
 documentation for the answers to these questions

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Section 3
Parent Cash, Savings, and Checking
•   Some parents may be asked to report the current
    balances of their cash, savings, and checking accounts
    as of the day they complete the FAFSA
•   They may also be asked to provide information about the
    net value of their investments such as real estate, rental
    property, money market and mutual funds, stocks, bonds
    and other securities
•   In addition, they may be asked questions about the net
    value of their businesses and investment farms
•   They should not include the home in which they live, the
    value of life insurance and retirement plans, or the value
    of a family-owned and controlled small business


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Section 3
IRS Data Retrieval
An important question NOT on the Worksheet
• If you are filing the FOTW after 1/30/2011, you will find a question
  in the parent section that asks:
      For 2010, have your parents completed their IRS
                    income tax return?
• If parent(s) answer “Already completed,” they will be given the
  option to transfer their 2010 income tax information directly from
  IRS records
• If you are filing the FAFSA within 6-8 weeks of having filed your
  tax return, you should ignore this question and use your actual
  2010 IRS tax return to complete the FOTW so you do not miss
  any important financial aid deadlines.

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Section 3
Parent E-Mail Address
An important question NOT on the Worksheet
• Provide a parent e-mail address that will be
  valid at least until the student starts college
• If a parent provides an e-mail address, the
  FAFSA processor will let them know the
  student’s FAFSA has been processed




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Section 3
Parent Household Size
An important question NOT on the Worksheet
•   Include in the parents’ household:
    • the student
    • parent(s)
    • parents’ other dependent children, if
      the parents provide more than half their
      support or the children could answer “no” to every
      question in Section 2, regardless of where they live
    • other people, if they now live with the parents and will
      continue to do so from 7/1/11 through 6/30/12, and if the
      parents provide more than half their support now, and will
      continue to provide support from 7/1/11 through 6/30/12

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    Section 3
    College Students in the Parent Household
    An important question NOT on the Worksheet
•   Always include the student even if he/she will
    attend college less than half-time in 2011-2012
•   Include other household members only if they will
    attend at least half-time in 2011-2012 in a program
    that leads to a college degree or certificate
•   Never include the parents

       NOTE: Some financial aid offices will require proof
        that other family members are attending college

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Section 3
Parents’ 2010 U.S. Income Taxes
    An important question NOT on the Worksheet

•   What was the amount parents paid in
    U.S. income tax for 2010?
     – Use U.S. income tax paid (or to be paid)
       • not the amount withheld from parents’
         paychecks



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Section 3
Parents’ 2010 Tax Exemptions
An important question NOT on the Worksheet

• Enter the parents’ tax exemptions for
  2010
  • Be sure to include all persons being
    claimed on the parents’ 2010 federal tax
    return, regardless of whether they are
    included in the parents’ household size
    question


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     Section 4
       (page 4)


STUDENT INFORMATION
    Section 4
    Student Information
•   Questions in Section 4 are identical to the parent
    financial questions we covered in Section 3
    •   If the student is single, ignore
        references to “spouse”
    •   If the student is married, also report
        spouse’s income and assets

•   The questions in Section 4 ask:
    • Which 2010 federal tax return the student filed or will file
    • The student’s 2010 Adjusted Gross Income, if filing a tax
        return, and earnings from work as well as untaxed income
        and assets

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Section 4
Student Dislocated Worker



 A person may be considered a dislocated worker if
 he/she:
    • is receiving unemployment benefits due to being laid
      off or losing a job and is unlikely to return to a previous
      occupation
    • has been laid off or received a lay-off notice from a job
    • was self-employed but is now unemployed due to
      economic conditions or natural disaster
    • is a displaced homemaker


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Section 4
Student Information (Independent Students)

There are questions in Section 4 that the
student will be asked only if he/she
checked at least one response in
Section 2 – Student Dependency Status




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 Section 4
 Student Benefits (Independent Students)



Indicate if the student, his/her spouse, or
anyone in the student’s household received
benefits in 2009 or 2010 from any of the federal
programs listed
• Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
• Food Stamps
• Free or Reduced Price School Lunch
• Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
• Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)



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 Section 4 - Student Household Size
 (Independent Students)

An important question NOT on the Worksheet
Student Household Size
Include in student’s household:
 •   the student and the student’s spouse.(if married)
 •   the student’s dependent children, if the student
     provides more than half their support
 •   other people, if they now live with
     the student and will continue to do so from 7/1/11
     through 6/30/12, and if the student provides more
     than half their support now, and will
     continue to provide that level
     of support from 7/1/11 through 6/30/12


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    Section 4 - Student Number in College
    (Independent Students)
    An important question NOT on the Worksheet
Student Number in College
•   Count the student even if the student will
    attend college less than half-time in
    2011-2012
•   Include others only if they will attend at
    least half-time in 2011-2012 in a program
    that leads to a college degree or
    certificate



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            DO NOT MAIL THIS WORKSHEET
Go to www.fafsa.gov to complete and submit your application.
     For more information on federal student aid,
         visit www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov.
You can also talk with your college’s financial aid office
 about other types of student aid that may be available

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Special Circumstances
•   Contact the Financial Aid Office if there are
    circumstances which affect a family’s ability
    to pay for college such as:
    – Loss or reduction in parent or student income or assets
    – Death or serious illness
    – Natural disasters affecting parent income or assets such as
      the recent California wild fires, floods, or mudslides
    – Unusual medical or dental expenses not covered by
      insurance
    – Reduction in child support, Social Security benefits or other
      untaxed benefit
    – Financial responsibility for elderly grandparents, or
    – Any other unusual circumstances that affect a
      family’s ability to contribute to higher education


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    Application Filing Tips
    FAFSA on The Web
•   Gather necessary documents ahead of time
•   Complete a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet available at:
                      www.fafsa.gov
•   Allow ample time to complete the online FOTW application for
    submission by the deadline
•   Check the FAFSA on the Web for accuracy prior to submission
•   Save all work periodically
•   Sign the application using student’s and one custodial parent’s
    PINs
•   Print out a copy of the FAFSA before submitting data
•   Keep a copy of the Submission Confirmation Page

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What Happens Next?
Students and the colleges the student listed receive Student Aid
             Report (SAR) from federal processor
                              
Students who complete FAFSA and Cal Grant GPA Verification
           Form receive California Aid Report (CAR)
                              
   Students and families review SAR and CAR for important
              information and accuracy of data
                              
   Colleges match admission records with FAFSA and other
    required financial aid forms to determine aid eligibility
                              
   Colleges mail notices of financial aid eligibility to admitted
  students who have completed all required financial aid forms

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Student Aid Report (SAR)
•   After the student completes the FAFSA on
    the Web, a SAR will be sent to the student
     – An electronic SAR Acknowledgment
       will be sent if student provides an
       email address
     – A paper SAR will be mailed if no
       student e-mail address is provided
•   An electronic copy of the data will be sent to
    each college or university listed by the
    student in Section 1
•   Keep a copy of the SAR with other financial
    aid documents




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           Check Your Cal Grant
Open a WebGrants Account and you can:
    - Check your Cal Grant award status 24/7
     - Make changes to your Cal Grant school
       choices
     - View how much a Cal Grant is worth at
       different California colleges and universities
     - See your Cal Grant payment history

Sign up at: webgrants4students.org

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    Summary of the
    Financial Aid Process
•   Submit all required forms, including the FAFSA, by each
    college’s published deadlines (but no later than
    March 2)
•   By March 2, submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form
•   Keep a copy of all forms submitted
•   Review the electronic Student Aid Report (SAR)
    Acknowledgement or the paper SAR sent to the
    student
•   Review the California Aid Report (CAR)
•   Watch for financial aid award notifications from
    colleges to which the student has been admitted
•   Be sure to apply for financial aid this year and every
    year as soon as possible after January 1 to receive
    the best financial aid award possible
•   ASK QUESTIONS!

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If You Need Help At Any Time

• FAFSA on the Web – Live Help
• Phone 1-800-4-FED-AID
 (1-800-433-3243)
• E-mail the U.S. Department of
 Education at:
 FederalStudentAidCustomerService@ed.gov


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Questions and
  Answers




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