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Applying for federal and state financial aid may seem overwhelming. Just like assembling furniture, the key is to complete each step along the way. Do not let the process scare you. If you need help, financial aid staff are here to assist you. Each year, the financial aid department awards thousands of dollars in grants, loans and scholarships that make education affordable for students.

Starting the financial aid process early increases your chances of maximizing the amount of aid you receive. To make sure you meet important financial aid deadlines, keep track of all deadlines and keep required documentation organized. Familiarize yourself with the financial aid process and the various policies and procedures by reviewing the financial aid website.

Hands-on assistance is available for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) at scheduled workshops or by attending the annual Cash for College workshop held each fall semester. Visit the online financial aid event and workshop calendar on the financial aid Zendesk subsite for workshop dates and times.

  1. File your FAFSA online as soon as possible starting October 1 and before March 2 of each year. Be sure to include the Citrus College code 001166.

    • Check your email for your student aid report (SAR) after you file your FAFSA. The SAR lists all your FAFSA information. Citrus College will receive the same information and will email you a document tracking letter in early spring. Follow the instructions in your email to ensure your file is properly processed and completed. All required forms can be submitted online.

  2. AB 540 students should file their CADAA online as soon as possible, starting October 1 and before March 2 each year to qualify for the most aid. Be sure to include the Citrus College code 001166.

    • You will receive an acknowledgement email from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) and from the financial aid department in early spring. Follow the instructions in your email to ensure your file is properly processed and completed. All required forms can be submitted online.

  3. Submit your high school or college GPA to the CSAC by the March 2 deadline for consideration for a Cal Grant. Citrus College will automatically submit GPAs for all students who have completed at least 16 degree-applicable or transfer units at Citrus College. You can read more information about submitting a GPA by visiting the CSAC website.

  4. Apply for the California College Promise Grant (CCPG) on the financial aid Zendesk subsite to determine whether you qualify to have your tuition waived. If you complete the CCGP application and do not qualify for any of the available methods, you may still be eligible by completing the FAFSA or CADA, as the FAFSA and CADA allow for higher income. Keep in mind that you should complete the FAFSA or CADA even if you already completed the CCPG application so you can be considered for more financial aid.

  5. Current and former foster youth should complete the Chafee grant application online. The college's homeless youth and foster youth liaison, who works in the financial aid department, is specifically trained to assist homeless students and current and former foster youth students with applying for financial aid.

  6. Apply for Citrus College Foundation scholarships online each spring semester. Visit the scholarship information on the financial aid Zendesk subsite for application dates and instructions.

  7. Although loans are recommended as a last resort, students interested in applying for a federal direct loan should download and complete the student loan application and submit it to the financial aid office after receiving their award letter. First-time borrowers are required to complete online entrance counseling.

  8. Students interested in the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program must have a FAFSA on record with Citrus College. Students must complete their financial aid file by submitting any requested documents to the financial aid department. All required forms are available on the financial aid Zendesk subsite and may be submitted online.

    After all required documents have been submitted, students should contact the financial aid department to ask if any FWS funds are available. Funds are limited and awarded on a first come, first served basis. Visit the federal work study information on the financial aid Zendesk subsite.

  9. Students will be sent an award email in early spring to their student email accounts. Be sure to thoroughly read all of the information in the award email. Pay close attention to the section called "Terms of Offer." This section discloses important information concerning financial aid eligibility. Make a note of the disbursement information so you know when to expect to receive your financial aid refund.
    Please note: some financial aid, like the Student Success Completion Grant (SSCG) are incentive grants that have additional requirements, such as enrolling in a specific number of units. Review all financial aid programs to ensure you maximize the amount of financial aid you receive.

  10. If a student receiving federal aid withdraws from their course(s), a calculation called Return of Title IV Funds is performed to determine if the student owes a repayment of all or part of the financial aid to the U.S. Department of Education or to Citrus College. Read the Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4) policy on the financial aid Zendesk subsite for more information.

  11. Financial aid eligibility is contingent on students maintaining satisfactory academic progress. Read these standards on the Citrus College Financial Aid website to fully understand the requirements to continue to receive financial aid.

  12. Increase your financial literacy by signing up for CashCourse, a free online financial educational tool to help you make informed financial choices. Register for a free account online.

  13. Students must apply every year to receive financial aid. The FAFSA and CADAA is available every year beginning October 1. Students should make sure they select the correct school year for which they are applying for financial aid. For example, if you plan to attend college between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023, you should complete the 2022-2023 application.

  14. Remember, financial aid staff are ready to help you with any questions you may have. You can also get answers to many of your financial aid questions 24/7 by reviweing the financial aid Zendesk help center. You can also access the financial aid help desk on the financial aid Zendesk subsite.
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