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Financial Aid



FAFSA Applications Opens:  October 1, 2022
Deadline: March 2, 2023
Every year post-secondary education expenses increase and scholarship money is left unclaimed, low interest loans are not considered, and work study programs are left unfilled - all because students (and/or parents) think they won’t qualify and therefore do not complete the appropriate financial aid forms. Remember: No application = No money. Why not complete the financial aid process and let the colleges decide if you qualify?

CVHS would like to encourage every senior student to complete the online FAFSA or Dream Act.  CVHS will submit a verified Cal Grant GPA for you (see Cal Grant below for more details).  To be considered for a Cal Grant you must complete the FAFSA. Here is the link to the Cal Grant information.    

Private colleges may also require the CSS Profile (deadlines vary by college). Some scholarships and/or colleges may have an earlier FAFSA deadline.  Students who will be attending community college, and/or trade/technical schools should also complete financial aid forms.  (NOTE: Please see important deadlines, directions and links below for FAFSA, Cal Grant and CSS Profile.) 

Finally, you do not need to pay anyone to fill out the FAFSA or CSS Profile. Please check the FAFSA website for online and phone contacts for FREE help directly from FAFSA.  You may also contact the Financial Aid Office of each colleges to which the student applied for assistance.
Cal Grant
  • All GPA’s will be electronically submitted to the California Student Aid Commission for all high school seniors. 
To file the FAFSA for school year 2023-2024:
Step One: 
  • FAFSA Applications for the 2023-24 school year will be available beginning October 1, 2022. 
  • Please click here to create an FSA ID. This can be done now.
Step Two:
  • Gather the necessary paperwork for both the parent and the student. 
  • Print the paper FAFSA worksheet and fill in the information offline. 
  • Once completed, you will go online to enter your data. 
  • NOTE:  Save your information often during the process so you won’t lose it if your computer connection is lost.
Step Three:
  • Be sure you are filing for the 2023-2024 FAFSA. 
  • Follow the instructions to complete the FAFSA online.
  • You should save it as you go along.
  • Be sure to electronically submit your completed FAFSA form no later than March 2, 2023 (February for some colleges and/or scholarships).   
  • You MUST complete the FAFSA if you wish to be considered for Federal loans.
To file the CSS Profile (if appropriate):
  • Follow the online instructions to complete the CSS Profile for those private schools that require this form.
  • Note: UC and Cal State do NOT require this form.
General Types of Financial Aid

General Types of Financial Aid

Federal Aid: Aid that comes from the U.S. government.  Usually distributed through the college. 
Gift Aid: Financial aid that does not need to be paid back:
  • Grants - Typically based on financial need
  • Scholarships - Typically based on achievement or talent.
Loans: Funds that must be paid back later, with interest.  Federally-guaranteed loans can be from a private lender (e.g. a bank) or form the federal government (administered by the college).  Private loans are offered by private lenders with terms set by the lender, not the government.
Private Aid: Financial aid from non-government sources.