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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Students who wish to apply for the 10,000 Degrees Undergraduate Scholarship must first fill out the FAFSA OR California DREAM ACT application. Eligible students must file the free application for federal student aid (fafsa) before completing the 10,000 Degrees application.

The FAFSA is available at fafsa.ed.gov. To complete the FAFSA, students will need their own current or previous year’s tax return, W-2’s, and other financial information – students will also need their parents’ current or previous year’s tax return, W-2’s, and other financial information. The annual FAFSA deadline to submit is March 2; however, we strongly recommend students complete the FAFSA as early as possible. Upon completing the FAFSA, students will be provided with their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) – students will be asked to supply their EFC when filling out the 10,000 Degrees application. All financial data submitted are subject to verification.

What is the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is available through the U.S. Department of Education, the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, our more than 1,300 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $120 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school. Students must fill out the FAFSA form in order to apply for federal and state student assistance. Many colleges and universities, especially public institutions, also require the FAFSA.
Learn more: fafsa.ed.gov

What is the expected family contribution on FAFSA?

The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a measure of a family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law. Each family’s taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) are all considered in the formula.