Obtain the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at your high school or college. New financial aid
applicant complete the 2012-2013 FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
. Continuing financial aid recipients may complete the Renewal Application mailed to their home or online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
. If the Renewal Application is not available, the 2012-2013 FAFSA should be used.
Organize your and your parents' 2011 income information which you will need to complete the FAFSA accurately. You will need 2011 income records, such a 2011 W2-forms, 2011 Federal Income 1040 Tax returns if available and records of untaxed income received during 2011, including income earned but paid in cash.
Complete the FAFSA and mail it no later than March 2, 2012. March 2nd is the deadline for mailing the FAFSA to be considered for the State Cal Grant, B and C programs. New Cal Grant applicants must also mail the completed GPA Verification Form to the CA Student Aid Commission no later than March 2nd.
Note: Students may still complete the FAFSA after March 2nd and will still be considered for financial aid at Santa Ana College. However, the March 2nd deadline must be met to be considered for Cal Grant Programs
April - May
Once the FAFSA has been processed by the processing center (usually within four to six weeks after mailing the FAFSA), a Student Aid Report (SAR) will be mailed to the student and all colleges listed on the FAFSA will receive the student's record. As we receive processed FAFSA records, a packet of supplemental forms will be mailed to students beginning in April. The deadline to submit the supplemental forms for priority consideration