(Victor Valley)- — Cal State San Bernardino has scheduled a series of workshops to help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form as well as other related steps as they apply for aid for the 2013-2014 school year.
March 2 is the priority deadline to apply for financial aid for the 2013-2014 school year in California. While students may apply after March 2, those who file their FAFSA by the priority deadline increase the likelihood of receiving maximum consideration from all sources of aid because some program funds are limited.
Students should also ask their current schools to submit a verified grade point average to the California Student Aid Commission by March 2 to be considered for a Cal Grant.
The workshops given by the CSUSB Financial Aid Office are aimed at giving students hands-on assistance in completing the FAFSA as well as the CSUSB scholarship application.
Also, for eligible students, information on the Dream FAFSA for undocumented students will be provided.
Computer stations and wireless Internet connections for laptop computers will be made available.
The workshops, which will take place in the Pfau Library, room PL 1108, are:
- Jan. 3, 9-11 a.m. (FAFSA and scholarship applications);
- Jan. 15, 6-8 p.m. (FAFSA only);
- Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-noon (FAFSA only);
- Feb. 13, 6-8 p.m. (FAFSA and scholarship applications); and
- March 1, 2-4 p.m. (FAFSA and scholarship applications)
Students should bring (if applicable):
- Copy of 2012 Federal Income Tax Return (1040) or W-2 forms;
- Information on any untaxed income received;
- Information on savings, investments, and other asset information;
- Copy of driver’s license;
- Copy of Social Security Card;
- Copy of alien registration/permanent resident card.
The workshops are free and no reservation is required.
Two-thirds of all CSUSB students receive some form of financial aid to assist with college expenses, and more than half of the university’s undergraduates have their tuition fees fully covered.
On average, CSU undergraduates who are in need of financial assistance receive grants covering 100 percent of tuition fees if they are either dependent undergraduate students from families with incomes less than $70,000, or independent undergraduate students with family incomes less than $20,000.
Students with higher income and dependent students with higher family incomes may still qualify for many forms of aid, including grants, scholarships, work-study and subsidized or unsubsidized loans.
After filling out their FAFSA forms online, students may transfer their application data from CSUMentor’s <http://www.csumentor.edu/> transfer module directly to the U.S. Department of Education’s FAFSA website <http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/> . Students may also obtain paper copies of the FAFSA from any high school, college or the financial aid office of the nearest CSU campus to submit by mail, or go directly to the U.S. Department of Education’s financial aid website. The FAFSA needs to be filed every year a student wishes to be considered for financial aid.
There are four key steps CSU students need to complete to see if they are eligible to receive a financial aid package. Descriptions of the four tasks and other tutorials are available on the CSUMentor website <http://csumentor.edu> .
The first two steps for students are estimating their financial aid eligibility and filing a FAFSA form with the federal government.
The third step after filing the FAFSA is to research the types of financial aid available while waiting for their Student Aid Reports the federal government sends to them after evaluating their applications.
When students receive their SARs, they should check for errors and submit any corrections to their campus financial aid offices. If there are no errors, the last task for students is to wait for the CSUSB financial aid office to contact them.
Visit the CSUSB Financial Aid website <http://finaid.csusb.edu> or call (909) 537-5227 for updates.