Cal State San Bernardino has one more scheduled workshop 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.
The last workshop for this year is set for Friday, March 1, from 2-4 p.m. at CSUSB’s Pfau Library, room PL 1108.
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 workshop given by the CSUSB Financial Aid Office is 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 at the workshop. 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.
The CSUSB scholarship application is now available online on MyCoyote. The FAFSA application became available on the FAFSA website on Jan. 1.
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, California State University 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.
“The CSU’s robust and varied financial aid packages allow our campuses to remain among the most affordable institutions in the country,” said Ephraim P. Smith, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. “Systemwide we have committed nearly $600 million through State University Grants alone to provide students with the opportunity to pursue their educational goals.”
The California State University’s broad package of financial aid programs – including federal or state grants, scholarships, CSU system or campus grants, work-study and federal loans – continues to provide students with access to an affordable college education. During the 2011-12 academic year, 306,000 students – nearly three-quarters of all CSU students – received nearly $3.6 billion in federal and state financial aid. In fact:
- State University Grants (SUGs) delivered $512.6 million to 114,571 students
- More than half of all CSU undergraduate students have their tuition fees completely covered by grants or waivers
- More than half of CSU baccalaureate recipients graduated with zero educational loan debt
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 transfer module directly to the U.S. Department of Education’s FAFSA website. 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.
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 or call (909) 537-5227 for updates.