Sharp drop in completed student financial aid applications, according to data –


SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The California Student Aid Commission just released data showing a sharp drop from 2020 in requests for student financial aid, especially for high school and undocumented students.

Applying for financial aid through the California Dream Act is imperative for undocumented students in the San Diego area, as there is no federal aid available to them.

Here on KUSI, to urge all students to apply for financial aid, California Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley.

“For too many students, finances are the biggest obstacle to achieving their college goals,” Oakley said. “While there are many types of financial aid for California community college students, most financial aid is dependent on filing a FAFSA or California Dream Act application. However, every year there is money left on the table because the students just don’t apply.

Chancellor Oakley further stressed the importance for every senior graduate to apply for financial aid, even if they don’t think they will qualify or have yet to decide.

Each year, $ 6 billion is made available to California students.

The deadline to apply for both the FAFSA and the Cal Grant deadline, maximizing federal and state aid, is March 2.

The Cal Grant, the state’s financial aid, offers free money to California students attending a community college, UC, CSU, or fully online or independent non-profit university, and can help students pay. tuition fees such as books, supplies, transportation and rental.

To learn more about California Community Colleges, visit: www.cccco.edu

To register for a free virtual tour of the Cash for College workshop https://cash4college.csac.ca.gov

Complete the FAFSA here today: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa