Below is a brief overview of the financial aid process for 12th grade. Please read the attached financial aid portion of the college manual for more informaiton.
September: make sure you have a financial safety on your college list!
October-November: apply to scholarships. See college newsletter.
December: apply to scholarships. Prepare for FAFSA. SPS will file Part I of the Cal Grant application (GPA Verification Form).
January: complete the FAFSA. This is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is also Part II of the Cal Grant process. We will have a night at SPS the first week of January to help families fill this out. Apply for more scholarships.
Remember to fill out the PROFILE for selected private schools.
February-June: apply for scholarships.
April: file your taxes and then file a correction to the FAFSA. When accepting and filing intent to enroll forms, make sure you carefully review financial aid packages. Remember: oftentimes you can negotiate financial aid packages!