Financial Aid 101: Planning for College
Explore the basics and learn about the different types of financial aid.
Use this Financial Aid Note Taker to summarize important information for yourself
Financial Aid Presentations
- Applying for Financial Aid for the 2023-2024 School Year, presented by San Francisco State University
- SFUSD's slide deck and video presentation on the financial aid application and process for students and families (from the 2021-2022 school year, previously titled "Financial Aid for Juniors").
Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)
Opens October 1 (until May 1). Read more about the list of documents you need to complete your FAFSA.
Get started on your FAFSA Form
How to Apply
What Happens Next?
Check out these tips videos for completing the FAFSA.
California Dream Act Applications (CADAA)
For undocumented, nonresident, AB 540, DACA, U Visa, TPS Status students. Apply by March 2.
Get started on your CA Dream Act Application
Additional Financial Aid Applications
Used for the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU), California Community College, and qualifying independent California schools.
You must complete your FAFSA or Dream Act Application to apply for a Cal Grant.
Read more about Cal Grant Programs.
Nonfederal student financial aid. Opens October 1.
Read more about the CSS Profile.
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
Tuition savings for nonresident students at participating public colleges and universities. View this slide deck, WUE 101.
Learn more about the Western Undergraduate Exchange.
Understanding Your Financial Aid Offer
This video covers FAQs and what to expect after you complete your financial aid application.
Use these Toolkits & Worksheets from 10,000 Degrees.
This page was last updated on March 9, 2023