The financial aid process no longer has to feel intimidating and confusing; the student-friendly JBAY Financial Aid Guide for California Foster Youth takes the mystery out of applying for and keeping financial aid. 

This comprehensive guide begins with an explanation of different types of financial aid available, includes a step-wise guide to completing the FAFSA/CADAA, tips on what to do after the FAFSA/CADAA to ensure maximum aid awards, and explains how to stay in good standing and keep getting financial assistance for school.

Guides and Resources:

Below are resources to aid foster youth in completing the FAFSA.

Webinar – Completing the FAFSA: A How-To for Adult Supporters of Foster Youth –  This webinar provides a “how-to” on completing the FAFSA to assist those working with foster youth.

After the FAFSA/CADAA Checklist – This youth-friendly checklist outlines the other critical steps to ensure that students receive their financial aid as well as helpful resources if students need assistance.

Visual Step by Step FAFSA Guide for California Foster Youth – This is intended to compliment Part 3 of the Financial Aid Guide for California Foster Youth, found within pages 6-10, with screen shots of the actual FAFSA application and detailed instructions.

Visual Step by Step CADAA Guide for California Foster Youth – This is intended to compliment Part 3 of the Financial Aid Guide for California Foster Youth with screen shots of the actual online California Dream Act Application (CADAA) form and detailed step-by-step instructions for youth currently or formerly in the foster care system. 

IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter – This document reviews steps on how to obtain a IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter for people who do not file taxes to verify their non-filing status to a college or university.

Conversation Starters and Motivational Responses to Encourage Foster Youth Students to Attend College Amid the Pandemic – These conversation starters and responses can help adult supporters to better engage foster youth students in discussions around college planning amid the pandemic.

High School Counselor Foster Youth FAFSA/CADAA Challenge Toolkit – This guide is designed to support high school counselors to work with foster youth on FAFSA completion and includes tips sheet, commonly used child welfare terms, and frequently asked questions high school counselors may encounter.

Spanish Guide to Complete the Paper CA Dream Act ApplicationThis guide is intended to provide technical support for Spanish-speaking students and adult supporters to complete the CA Dream Act paper application in Spanish.   The Spanish Guide for Completing the CADAA Paper Application features step by step guidance through each section of the Spanish language application along with additional considerations and resources to support foster youth as they transition to college.

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