FAFSA/CADAA Requirement

Assembly Bill 469 requires that all California seniors complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), California Dream Act Application (CADAA), or the“opt-out” form before Friday, May 31, 2024.  Seniors can opt out on their own if they are an emancipated minor or 18 years or older.   Each high school will be sending out information with instructions related to submitting the opt-out form.

Completion of the FAFSA is necessary to qualify for federal student aid such as grants, work-study, and loans.  In addition, many states and colleges (including California) use the FAFSA information to determine eligibility for state and school financial aid.  Students who were brought to the United States under the age of 16 without proper visas/immigration documentation can apply for financial aid by completing the CADAA.  

Both the FAFSA and CADAA are free and only take about an hour to fill out.  We strongly encourage all students to complete either the FAFSA or CADAA as over $150 billion in financial aid is awarded every year.  Some families assume they won’t qualify, however, most students receive some type of aid even if it is in the form of subsidized federal low-interest loans.   The window to begin completing the FAFSA and CADAA opens on Sunday, December 31, 2023 and runs through June 2024. 

Our high schools will be offering students and parents a variety of opportunities to obtain guidance and assistance with completing the FAFSA or CADAA.  We are excited to announce that WCUSD students can now apply for financial aid and admission to California public colleges through the California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) online platform.  CCGI is also a great resource for students to identify career interests,  research colleges, explore majors, and monitor completion of the “A-G” college admission requirements. Click Tools for Parents for additional CCGI information.  See below for additional information, documents, and resources.