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Financial Aid Application Process


STEP 1.   JANUARY 2016
Complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA or the Renewal FAFSA mailed to your home.  If the Renewal Application is not available, the  2016-2017 FAFSA should be used.
Organize your and your parents' 2015 income information which you will need to complete the FAFSA accurately.  You will need 2015 income records such as 2015 W2-forms, 2015 Federal Income 1040 Tax returns if available and records of untaxed income received during 2015, including income earned but paid in cash.
NOTE:  The FAFSA is required for most student aid programs, including grants, loans, and federal work-study.
Federal School Code: 001284
FEDERAL STUDENT ASSISTANCE APPLICATION                                                                      
There are a lot of good reasons to fill out your Federal Student Assistance application and submit it on the web.  This site walks you through the FAFSA on-line application.
This is a government web site, but it sure isn't stuffy and boring!
This Web site explains, in a step by step format, how to properly complete a FAFSA, the purpose of the FAFSA questions, and how to report information in some unusual cases.
STEP 2.   MARCH 2016
Mail the FAFSA no later than March 2, 2016.  NEW Cal Grant applicants must also mail the completed GPA verification form to the California Student Aid Commission no later than March 2, 2016.
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.
STEP 3.   APRIL - MAY 2016
Once the FAFSA has been processed by the processing center (usually within four to six weeks after submitting the FAFSA), a Stude​nt 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 June. 
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