With the deadline to apply for financial aid fast approaching, Senator Janet Nguyen would like to remind students that applications for federal and state financial aid programs are due by March 2, 2017. Students applying for the 2017-18 school year should submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA, by this date to determine their eligibility for financial aid assistance. Every year, the FAFSA helps students access more than $150 million in federal grants, loans and work-study funds.
“With the price of tuition and books constantly rising, parents and students throughout California are struggling to meet the increased costs of attending college,” said Senator Janet Nguyen. “By filling out the FAFSA, students can access federal and state financial aid programs that help make college more affordable and reduce the financial strain on students and their families.”
To help her constituents meet the deadline to submit the application for financial aid, Senator Nguyen will have copies of the FAFSA application available at her Garden Grove District Office. District staff will also be available to assist with the application. Those wishing to submit the FAFSA application online can also do so by visiting www.fafsa.gov.
“When I went to college, I had to work three jobs to pay for my books but I also benefitted from financial aid programs that allowed me to access a higher education,” said Senator Janet Nguyen. “In order to increase access to this valuable resource for other students, I am making my District office available to pick up copies of these important applications and to ask any relevant questions.”
In addition to federal assistance, the State of California provides grants, Cal Grants, which are available to students who meet eligibility and financial requirements. To be eligible for a Cal Grant Award, students must submit a 2017-18 FAFSA application or a 2017-18 California Dream Act Application and ensure that a certified Grade Point Average (GPA) was submitted to the California Student Aid Commission. If a student attends a public or charter high school, school counselors are required by law to electronically upload GPAs for current enrolled seniors that do not opt-out. Students who attend a private high school need to fill out a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form which is available at Senator Nguyen’s District Office and can also be found online at www.csac.ca.gov.
For more information or to receive a copy of these applications, residents are encouraged to call (714) 741-1034 or visit Senator Nguyen’s District Office located at 10971 Garden Grove Blvd. Suite D, Garden Grove, CA 92843.
This article was released by the Office of Senator Janet Nguyen.