HHS Financial Aid Resource Page

FAFSA - CADAA - Scholarships - Paying for College

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HHS Financial Aid Resource Page Overview Presentation

Get your $$ for College


Many students and parents have questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or the California Dream Act. This is a resource page to help you. It includes guides related to best practices for completing the FAFSA/CADAA which opens October 1st!

Remember, the sooner you complete the FAFSA/CADAA, the more likely you are to receive grants & funding!

The FAFSA/CADAA is a graduation requirement for the class of 2022. We have some great incentives for filling it out early.

Important Dates:

*Every Tuesday in the College and Career Center from 1:30 - 3:30 pm - FAFSA/CADAA Assistance

*Financial Literacy Night 10/26 6:00- 7:30 pm Cafeteria

*Saturday School 11/6 FAFSA/CADAA help 8-12pm College and Career Center

*Cash for College (line by line) workshop 11/9 6:00 - 7:30 pm STEM Building

*FAFSA/CADAA Fridays: 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/18

*FAFSA/CADAA Fiesta - March 7th

If you submit your completed FAFSA/CADAA by:

November 30th - 3 extra graduation tickets

December 31st - 2 extra graduation tickets

March 2nd - 1 extra graduation ticket

*subject to change according CDC guidelines on graduation day.

Don't forget, we are here to help!!

Contact your Counselor or get assistance from:

**College and Career Tech - Brianna Conard, brianna.conard@puhsd.org to schedule an appointment with Mrs. Bree use this link - https://calendly.com/brianna-conard/fafsa-help

**College Success Coach - Natalie Higa, nhiga@rcoe.us


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What is the FAFSA?

FAFSA Overview
Overview of Financial Aid

Use this link to access a Powerpoint Presentation about financial aid and paying for college. The second part of the presentation includes starting your FAFSA

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Cal Grant Program Parent Income Eligibility Guidelines

Click on this button for more information

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FAFSA CADA Virtual Financial Literacy Nite English 2020 10 15 at 18 02 GMT 7

Noche Virtual de Educación Financiera Al Video En Espanol

Utilice este enlace para acceder al video en español:


Information needed to fill out FAFSA/CADAA

This document lists all of the information you will need prior to filling out the FAFSA or CADAA

FAFSA/CADAA Support with Mrs. Bree

If you need assistance with your FAFSA or college applications, please click on this button to schedule an appointment with Mrs. Bree

FAFSA/CADAA Support with Natalie Higa - College Coach

If you need assistance with your FAFSA or college applications. Please click on this button to give your information to Natalie Higa. She will contact your for a one on one support appointment.

Launching your FAFSA/CADAA through CCGI

We highly recommend you launch your FAFSA or CADAA though the California Colleges website https://www.californiacolleges.edu/#/.

Here is a link to an instructional video:


Once you have launched your application you do not have to go through CCGI anymore.

Step by Step Video on Filling out the FAFSA

Watch this video to see how to fill out each section of the FAFSA. Please note, even though it is from Utah, this is the most comprehensive video we could find.

Page by Page FAFSA Assistance Presentation

Click on this button to get a screen shot and instructions on each page of the FAFSA.

California Dream Act

The California Dream Act Application (CADAA) is for undocumented students. The state of California will provide financial aid to students who meet the eligibility requirements. If you are eligible for the CADAA you will not fill out the FAFSA. Here is a link to more information and how to get started: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmqA1CA5tYo

La Solicitud de California Dream Act (CADAA) es para estudiantes indocumentados. El estado de California brindará ayuda financiera a los estudiantes que cumplan con los requisitos de elegibilidad. Si es elegible para la CADAA, no completará la FAFSA. Aquí hay un enlace para obtener más información y cómo comenzar:

Video sobre cómo llenar la solicitud CADAA en Español:


*Necesitará sus impuestos de 2019 para completar el formulario. Ignore la fecha de uso del video.

California Dream Act Application

Click on this button to go directly to the California Dream Act Application

Guide for FAFSA for Languages other than English

El sitio web ofrece la Guía práctica de FAFSA en varios idiomas, junto con enlaces y recursos para padres y estudiantes. www.understandingfafsa.org.

This website offers the FAFSA How-To Guide in several languages, along with links and resources for both parents and students! www.understandingfafsa.org.

Personal FAFSA/CADAA Worksheet from PUHSD Video

You should have received an email from either Julie Zierold or Beth Heyden with a personalized estimate on what grants you might receive for college and/or career technical school. Check your emails. Watch this video to understand the form. Here is the link:


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What do I do now?? I have submitted my FAFSA/CADAA!! - Video

NEXT STEPS - Set up your WebGrants For Students Account: https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/

Within 5 days of submitting your FAFSA/CADAA you will need to create your Webgrants for students account. You will need to do this to view/accept your Cal Grant (if eligible) and confirm your college of attendance. Here is a video to explaining how to create your account:


VIDEO How To Understand Your Financial Aid Award Letter

Financial aid award letters play a key role in picking a college. Comparing them can be tricky. Make sure you can clearly identify what aid is free money like scholarships and grants, and what money is a loan that you’ll need to pay back.

Chafee Grant - $5,000 Additional Grant for Foster Youth

If you are or were in foster care for at least one day, between the ages of 16 and 18 as a dependent or ward of the court and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. You don’t have to pay this money back. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for child care, transportation and rent while you’re in school. You can use your Chafee Grant at any eligible California college or university or career or technical school, as well as schools in other states.

Please use this link to access more information and get to the Chafee Grant Application:


Financial Aid Application Deadlines

2021-2022 FAFSA/CADAA Deadlines:

Federal Deadline

Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time (PT) on March 2nd, 2022.

Four Year Universities and Colleges Deadlines

Four Year Universities require you submit your FAFSA by March 2nd, 2022. However, you might be eligible for additional scholarships and grants specific to the colleges you applied to if you submit your FAFSA/CADAA by November 30th.

California Community Colleges Deadlines
The community colleges deadline is June 30th, 2022. If you submit after March 2nd, your financial aid award information might not be available to you in a timely manner.

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Heritage High School Scholarship Folder

This folder contains various local, state and national scholarships. It is updated on a weekly basis so please check it frequently

Popular National ScholarshIp Search Engines

After signing up for an account, these scholarship websites will send you scholarships that you are eligible for.

QuestBridge Scholarship

Students entering their 11th grade year can be eligible for the QuestBridge Scholarship.