If you haven't filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid  FAFSA  forms recently, you will want to take note of the changes that FAFSA implemented in 2016 to simplify filing the application and moving its availability to October 1st each year. For families finalizing college lists and applications, and making college decisions, the new FAFSA changes provide better flexibility. Families can now use "prior-prior" year tax information, which in the past had not been the case. Many families missed filing because their tax information was not available. These new changes in timing and the type of tax year information that can be used provide families more time to weigh their financial aid options and meet state financial aid deadlines.  While each state has its unique deadline to submit, in general, it is better to submit your FAFSA forms early as some colleges are limited on financial aid funds.

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The office of Federal Student Aid provides grants, loans, and work-study funds for college or career school. FAFSA provides more than $120 billion in federal student aid each year to help pay for college or career school.

Nearly 400 colleges, professional schools, and scholarship programs use CSS Profile to award non federal aid.

The Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan is a financial aid program intended to expand access to UC for lower-income students.

"A Cal Grant is money for college you don’t have to pay back. To qualify, you must apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by the deadline and meet the eligibility and financial requirements as well as any minimum GPA requirements. Cal Grants can be used at any University of California, California State University or California Community College, as well as qualifying independent and career colleges or technical schools in California."  California Student Aid Commission

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