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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid through the U.S. Department of Education.

Regardless of income, every student should file a FAFSA every year if they meet the following criteria:

  • You are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (permanent resident, asylum, etc.)
  • You are a high school graduate (or high school senior) at the time of application 

If student does not meet above citizenship criteria, please check the CA DREAM ACT page to check for eligibility.

​​​​Watch this video that will show you how to complete your FAFSA, step-by-step​​
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By submitting this one online application, the student is applying for:
  • California College Promise Grant (aka: BOG Fee Waiver)
  • Federal Grants (Pell Grant)​
  • Federal Work Study
  • Cal Grants(if you submit your FAFSA before deadlines of either March 2 or September 2)​
  • Campus based aid​
  • Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans*


DEPENDENT STUDENTS: One FSA ID for student AND a second FSA ID for your parent.

You will each need one in order to electronically sign the application.Create your FSA ID here.  ​

Apply for FAFSA here

​​ Santiago Canyon College Federal School I.D. code is:  036957​

What will I need to fill out the FAFSA?

​​​​​2022-2023 ACADEMIC YEAR
(Fall 2022 - Spring 2023)
​​​​​2023-2024 ACADEMIC YEAR
(Fall 2023 - Spring 2024)

Dependent Student: Both student AND parents need the following documents:            

  • ​​2020 TAX RETURN​
  • 2020 W-2's
  • Social security numbers ​ ​​​​
Dependent Student: Both student AND parentneed the following documents:            
  • ​​2021 TAX RETURN​
  • 2021 W-2's
  • Social security numbers

​ ​Independent Student: For student only, you need:  
  • ​2020 TAX RETURN​​​ 
  • 2020 W-2's​
  • ​​​Social security n​​umber ​ ​
Independent Student: For student only, you need:  
  • 2021 TAX RETURN​​​ 
  • 2021 W-2's​
  • ​​​Social security number 


​​​​Am I consider​ed ​dependent or independent for my FAFSA? 

You are a Dependent student if you are:

Under age 24 and unmarried and/or have no dependent children​​​.

Important Note From The Department of Education:

Not living with parents or not being claimed by them on tax forms does not make you an independent student for purposes of applying for federal student aid.

You are an Independent student if you are:
  • ​ Age 24 or older
  • Or under age 24 and married
  • Or under age 24 and supporting your dependent child​​

Click here to learn more about how the Department of Education classifies the dependent and independent status for FAFSA


October 1st - The new FAFSA for the next academic year becomes available online. Have your tax information available from 2 years prior to the academic year (example: for the 2021-2022 academic year use your 2019 taxes). Don't wait -- start your application early.

March 2nd - This is the deadline for submitting your FAFSA for the best opportunity to receive a Cal Grant. This applies both for community college, or if you are transferring to a 4-year institution. Your GPA verification forms must also be submitted to CSAC by this date. (You may still be awarded federal aid (Pell Grant) if your FAFSA is received later than March 2, so you should still submit an application.)

September 2nd - Only currently enrolled community college students are offered this second chance to submit their FAFSA and will be reviewed for Cal Grants by this date. 


Loans are offered to many students through the FAFSA, but you can decline the loan.  

The loan amount noted on your FAFSA award only signifies the amount you are approved to apply for.

You will not be awarded a loan unless you submit a completed loan packet (additional documentation), sign a Promissory Note, and are approved for the loan. 

More information on loans here​.​