• The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for all students and the California Dream Act Application (CADAA), for undocumented students' priority deadline is approaching on April 2,2024 

    FAFSA/CADAA allows students to be considered to receive: 

    • Federal Aid (FAFSA applicants only) 
    • State Aid (FAFSA/CADAA applicants)
    • Cal Grant programs (various)
    • Middle Class Scholarship
    • CA Chafee Grant – Foster Youth
    • Institutional Aid, ex. Scholarships, Work Study
    • Student Loans 


    Completing a FAFSA or CADAA provides access to students and their families to various financial aid options to make informed decisions about pursuing post-secondary educational options. 

    State legislation was passed (AB 469) that requires all California seniors, beginning with the 22-23 academic school year, to complete a FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application unless the student has formally submitted an opt-out waiver by the end of their senior year.  

    Murrieta Valley Unified School District high school counselors review the FAFSA process with students and provide information regarding FAFSA and assistance that is available with site Cal-SOAP coaches. Cal-SOAP coaches are available at each high school campus to assist students with completing the FAFSA in person and virtual formats. Students are encouraged to launch their FAFSA/CADAA application through their assigned California Colleges account 


    FAFSA/CADAA Opt-out form will be available after April 2, 2024. Completing this graduation requirement opt-out form does not prevent you from applying for the FAFSA or CADAA.

    For guidance on whether you should complete the FAFSA or CADAA learn more on the Immigrants Rising website.

    Here's what you will need to complete your FAFSA Application:

    • Your Social Security number or Alien Registration number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
    • Your 2022 federal income tax returns, W-2's, and other records of money earned
    • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
    • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
    • An FSA ID to sign electronically
    CA Financial Aid Programs & Deadlines:
    • For most financial aid programs, submit your application no later than April 2, 2024. Some colleges/universities may have earlier deadlines, check with each school.
    Cal Grant
    • Cal Grant requires submission of a school-certified GPA by April 2, 2024. For additional community college Cal Grants, apply by Sept. 2, 2024.
    Other Aid
    • Check with the financial aid office at the college or career school you plan to attend for more information on available state aid and deadlines. If you’re a non-citizen without a Social Security card or had one issued through the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, you should fill out the California Dream Act Application. 
Last Modified on February 27, 2024