Cash for College

Start your journey toward getting Cash for College by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA), whether or not you think your family will qualify for aid (most do!).


Learn more about resources available to help with going to college.


Attend a free Cash for College workshop to learn what financial aid you qualify for.


Learn about scholarship opportunities available to help you pay for college.

Financial Aid Deadlines

September 3, 2024

The submission deadline for the Cal Grant is September 3rd.

October 1, 2024

Financial aid applications will open October 1st.

March 3, 2025

Maximize your aid by submitting your application by March 3rd.

Create your FSA ID.

Prepare to file your application by creating an FSA ID. Getting your FSA ID created is an important first step toward filling out your FAFSA application. You’ll need to create your own account to apply for, receive, and manage your federal student aid.

Financial Aid Tips

A helpful financial aid checklist for high school Juniors and Seniors provided by the California Student Aid Commission.

Net price calculators for California Colleges provided by the California Student Aid Commission.

Find a Workshop Near You

Get help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) and the Chafee Grant for Foster Youth applications.

News & Articles

Office Hours

Office Hours

GIA is excited to announce the launch of open office hours dedicated to answering questions about completing the Better FAFSA/CADAA. These office...

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Financial Aid Checklist

Financial Aid Checklist

Step 1: Figure out which application is right for you You only need to apply with ONE depending on certain qualifications: The Free Application for...

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