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Need-Based Aid

     Need Based Aid

Need based aid is based on a family’s income and assets.  Colleges assess a family’s need by evaluating one or more forms provided by the family.  

 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Required by all colleges.
  • File as soon as possible after January 1, but no later than the earliest deadline for colleges to which you are applying.  Start working on your applications early so that you have time to get together all of the requested information.  Don’t wait until the last minute!
  • Fill out the form either online at or use the downloadable paper application.  We strongly recommend the online application because there is less possibility of error and the colleges receive your information much more quickly. 
  • For online submissions, two PIN numbers are required – one for the student and one for a parent.  The PIN number is your electronic signature.  These can be obtained at  Request your PIN numbers as soon as possible as it could take up to
    3-4 days to obtain them. 
  • Use your name exactly as it appears on your social security card or the FAFSA may be rejected. 
  • You can start filling out the 2009-2010 FAFSA online beginning January 1, even if you have not received your PIN numbers.  Do NOT use the 2008-2009 forms. 
  • There is no charge for filling out and submitting the FAFSA.

FAFSA On the Web They promise quicker turnaround time if you fill out the FAFSA on the web. It's a good idea to pick up a hard copy of the FAFSA in the counseling center so you know ahead of time what information they are going to require.

FAFSA PIN - Before you can apply for financial aid online, you need to register for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) for you and your parents. This serves as you electronic signature when you fill out the FAFSA online

Title IV School Codes - You'll need these school codes when you fill out the FAFSA. Very quick way to the code numbers!

FAFSA Help - Here you will find all the answers to your questions about filling out the FAFSA. There are even photos of the form with very exact instructions on completing the questions.

CSS Profile

·         Required by many private colleges.  Not required by the UC’s, Cal State Universities or community colleges.

·        Completing the Profile is a two step process.  First, the student must register, then fill out the Profile itself.  The Profile can only be filled out online ( 

·         The Profile costs $25 for the first college, plus $16 for additional school to which you want the information sent.  There are a limited number of fee waivers available for low income students.  They are awarded automatically online and cover the costs of sending the information to six colleges.

CSS Financial Aid Profile

Individual College Forms

·         Some colleges require additional forms provided by their school.  It is very important to check with each school to determine their requirements and deadlines.  Some colleges will also require a copy of your completed tax forms. 

 If you have further questions, please visit Ms. Gonzalez in the College Center or contact Ms. Gonzalez at