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Frequently Asked Questions - FAFSA

What Happens After My Financial Aid Application Is Filed?

Students who file a FAFSA will receive an email from the U.S. Department of Education; students who file a CA Dream Application will receive an email from the California Student Aid Commission. You should review the information provided to make sure it is correct and that all of the colleges you are interested in attending are listed on the form. If any information is not correct, you can correct the information online.

Colleges that you list on your financial aid application will receive an electronic copy of the information that you provided. The financial aid office at the colleges may contact you for additional information regarding your application for aid, or advise you when to expect a financial aid award letter.

Should I Keep A Copy Of My Financial Aid Application?

Yes. It would be a good idea to start a file folder or binder of all important papers related to your college admission and financial aid applications. Keep copies of your completed applications, your Student Aid Report/California Aid Report, a copy of any additional documents that you might have supplied to the college financial aid office, and any correspondence with the federal processor, the campus financial aid office, or other financial aid or scholarship agencies.

Important Things to Remember:

  • Get you (and your parents if applicable) an FSA ID to sign the FAFSA
  • For CA Dream Applications get you (and your parents if applicable) a CA Dream ID
  • File your FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st
  • All aid applicants, FAFSA or CA Dream Applicants, should submit a verified GPA to the California Student Aid Commission by March 2 to ensure that you are considered for a Cal Grant
    • Ask your high school if they will submit your GPA electronically on your behalf!
  • Respond promptly to all requests for additional information you receive from your college
  • Keep a copy of all applications and documents you submit

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