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How to Apply for Financial Aid

Here you can find step-by-step instructions on how to complete: the FAFSA, the California Dream Act, and the BOG Fee Waiver application. We highly recommend that all students submit a FAFSA or California Dream Act application to be considered for all available funds; if you don't, you may miss out of funding that you are eligible for. Click on the links below to go straight to the instructions for a specific program.


Federal and State Financial Aid

Using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 

  1. Every student should fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible after January 1st of each year they are in school. This may be done online at FAFSA on the web. You will need the items listed below to complete the form. If you have questions, or want to know more about completing the FAFSA, visit the 8 Steps to Filling out the FAFSA guide.
    1. Most recent tax returns and W-2 forms (yours and your parents' if you are under 24)
    2. Your driver's license number
    3. Your social security number
    4. Your alien registration number (if applicable)
    5. A Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID (one for you and one for your parents if you are a dependent student)
    6. Mt. SAC School Code: 001245
  2. Within 2 weeks, you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR). If you submitted your email address, your SAR will come via email. It will list the information that you provided on the FAFSA, as well as an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Mt. SAC also receives the report electronically, and once we do, we will request additional forms to complete your file. Check your SAR for accuracy. For corrections, return to the FAFSA website and make the changes immediately. Please allow at least five days for Mt. SAC to receive your corrected information. If no changes are needed, save the form for your records.
  3. Once you receive the SAR, view your application status to find the additional forms you may need to complete your file. Log in to your My Mt. SAC Portal, then choose the Financial Aid tab. Additional forms are listed under "Financial Aid Forms" in the box on the left-hand side of the screen.
  4. If your mailing address changes at any point during your time as an applicant or recipient of Financial Aid, log in to your My Mt. SAC Portal and update your mailing address.  

Apply Now for the FAFSA

Note: For additional information on applying for the FAFSA, please click on the videos below:

   

 

California Dream Act Application Instructions

  1. Fill out the California Dream Act Application. 
    1. Most recent tax returns and W-2 forms (yours and your parents' if you are under 24)
    2. Your driver's license number (if applicable)
    3. Mt. SAC School Code: 001245
  2. Within 3 weeks, you will receive your CA Student Aid Report (SAR). If you submitted your email address, your CA-SAR will come via email. It will list the information that you provided on the California Dream Act Application, as well as an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Mt. SAC also receives the report electronically, and once we do, we will request additional forms to complete your file. Check your CA-SAR for accuracy. For corrections, return to the California Dream Act website and make the changes immediately. Please allow at least five days for Mt. SAC to receive your corrected information. If no changes are needed, save the form for your records.
  3. Once you receive the CA-SAR, view your application status to find the additional forms you may need to complete your file. Log in to your My Mt. SAC Portal, then choose the Financial Aid tab. Additional forms are listed under "Financial Aid Forms" in the box on the left-hand side of the screen.
  4. If your mailing address changes at any point during your time as an applicant or recipient of Financial Aid, log in to your My Mt. SAC Portal and update your mailing address.

Apply Now for the DREAM Act

Note: For additional information on applying for the California Dream Act, please click on the videos below:

                                  

BOG Fee Waiver Application

We encourage all of our students who are California residents to apply for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW), which waives enrollment fees and reduces the cost for health and parking fees. Learn more about the BOGW.

Before you apply for the BOGW

  • You must be a continuing student at Mt. SAC or have already submitted your application to Mt. SAC.
  • You must be a California resident
  • You should complete and submit the FAFSA or CA Dream Act application.

How to apply for BOGW

  • You may apply for a BOGW at any point during the academic year.
  • You must reapply for a BOGW each year, beginning with the summer term.
  • If you are determined eligible for a BOGW, it will be valid for the entire academic year.
  • Apply by going to the BOGW Application Page

Apply Now for the BOGW

Note: For additional information on applying for the BOGW, please click on the video below: