FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
Financial Aid Night will be held on October 14th beginning at 6pm in the Rim High School Library. ALL are welcome to attend!
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?
Students who will be attending community college, and/or trade/technical schools should also complete financial aid forms.
You do not need to pay anyone to fill out the FAFSA. 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.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Mountain High School would like to encourage every senior student to complete the online FAFSA. Some scholarships and/or colleges may have an earlier FAFSA deadline.
FAFSA Application begins: October 1, 2019
FAFSA DEADLINE: March 2, 2020
To file the FAFSA:
- FAFSA Applications for the 2020-21 school year will be available beginning October 1, 2019.
- Please click here to create an FSA ID. This can be done now.
- Get an overview of the application process here Filling out the FAFSA Form; What to Expect.
- Gather the necessary paperwork for both the parent and the student. This will include information from tax returns.
- 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.
- Be sure you are filing for the 2020-2021 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, 2020 (February for some colleges and/or scholarships).
- You MUST complete the FAFSA if you wish to be considered for Federal loans.
- FAFSA Resources
SEE THE "FAFSA TUTORIAL" BELOW FOR MORE HELP.
Mountain High School counseling will submit a verified Cal Grant GPA for you (see Cal Grant below for more details). Here is the link to the Cal Grant information.
- All GPA’s will be electronically submitted to the California Student Aid Commission for all high school seniors.
- To be considered for a Cal Grant you must complete the FAFSA. Be sure to complete and submit the FAFSA no later than March 2, 2020.
CAL GRANT OPT OUT FORMS
Assembly Bill 2160 was signed into law in September 2014 mandating that all public schools electronically submit grade point averages (GPAs) for grade twelve students to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). To opt out of your GPA being sent electronically see your counselor.
If you have questions, please contact the Counseling Office.
General Types of Financial Aid
Federal Aid: Aid that comes from the U.S. government. Usually distributed through the college.
State Aid: Aid that comes from the state of California.
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.