Beginning October 1, 2019, Seniors and their families may begin to complete the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application.  This application is extremely important, because it determines the amount of financial aid a student is eligible for. The FAFSA is NOT just for low income students.   It should be completed by ALL students who are planning to attend a Community College for either a career certificate or transfer degree, AND students planning to attend a 4-year university. There are many opportunities for any and all students who have completed the FAFSA/California Dream Act Application.  (The California Dream Act is used by students who do not have a Social Security Number).

  • Even if you think you may not qualify based on your family income, the FAFSA helps students qualify for other kinds of scholarships and grants. Some financial aid programs require a FAFSA even though they award aid without regard to family income.
  • Students who plan to attend a Community College and qualify for the Promise Program (2 years of college FREE), must also complete the FAFSA to be eligible.
  • For students who don’t want to get a college degree but who are interested in becoming certificated in a job-ready skill, Community Colleges have large numbers of programs that can do just that. Completion of the FAFSA can help with the costs of these short-term training opportunities.
  • For students who are interested in a 2-year, job-ready degree (Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Fire Academy, Dental Hygiene, Drafting, Automotive Technology, Child Development, to name a few), the FAFSA will also be a valuable tool to defer the costs.
  • The FAFSA is also required to receive a Cal Grant.
  • The FAFSA automatically qualifies the student for low-interest and forgivable federal student loans, which are the most attractive kind of student loans available.
  • Even affluent families can be “needy” when college costs $65,000/year. So, some colleges, state agencies, and scholarship foundations require the FAFSA/CDA to award scholarships and grants to middle and upper middle-class students attending expensive schools. (The most generous private colleges, for example, award need-based aid to some students from families earning more than $200.000 per year).
    With the IRS Date Retrieval tool, completing the FAFSA is easier than ever.  

Please visit : fafsa.ed.gov to get your application started….  the sooner the better! 

Listed below is the schedule for all of the CUSD Workshops available.  Parents/students may attend any workshop, regardless of their school of attendance. These workshops will be able to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

CUSD Financial Aid Workshops

Assistance with the FAFSA and CADAA
(Free Application for Federal Student Aid and California Dream Act Application)
Feel free to attend ANY of the workshops, whether it is at your home school or not

  • Clovis East High School: October 1st @ 6:00 in the Clovis East Library Lecture Hall
  • Clovis West High School: October 3rd @ 6:00 in Clovis West Computer Lab C-9
  • Clovis High School: October 14th @ 6:00 in the Clovis High Cafeteria
  • Clovis North High School: November 4th @ 6:00 in the Clovis North Library Lecture Hall
  • Buchanan High School: November 14th @ 6:00 in the Buchanan Library
  • Clovis East High School: November 20th @6:00 in the Clovis East Lecture Hall
  • Clovis West High School : December 5th @ 6:00 in Clovis West Computer Lab C-9

Checklist of important documents you need to help complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) and Chafee for Foster Youth application.
Come to the Cash for College workshop with the following documents you have and that apply to you:

  • FSA ID
  • Driver’s license, if you have one
  • Social Security Card or number, if you have one
  • Alien registration number, if you have one
  • Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) – yours or your parents’
  • List of colleges you are interested in attending
  • Current bank statements
  • Any records of untaxed income such as welfare or Social Security benefits, or child support 

If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s).

The FAFSA and CADAA applications will utilize your 2018 tax and income information to apply for 2020-21 student aid.  While completing the FAFSA, you will use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to populate your 2018 tax information. Please make sure to bring your 2018 tax information in case the DRT does not work. This includes…

  • Your 2018 W2’s or income information
  • Your parents’ 2018 W2’s or income information

NOTE: You must use 2018 income and tax information to apply for financial aid for the 2020-21 academic year.  If your financial situation has changed since 2018 for the worse, you should follow-up with the institution you are applying to attend.   


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