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Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

What Is a FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form the U.S. Department of Education (ED) requires to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The government conducts a “need analysis” based on financial information, such as income, assets, and other family information, which you (and your parents if you are a dependent student) will be asked to provide.



 Your application is examined by a federal processor and the results are sent by computer to the financial aid offices of the colleges you’ve chosen.

 The FAFSA is the application most colleges use to determine eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs.

 A new FAFSA must be filed every school year. You may complete your application beginning January 1 for the following award year .


Peralta School Codes

Berkeley City College – 014311

College of Alameda – 006720

Laney College – 001266

Merritt College – 001267


After filling out the FAFSA online, you should print out your Student Aid Report (SAR).  Bring the SAR to the Financial Aid Office and staff will review your report and alert you to additional documents you may need to submit.






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