Getting Money for College
January 13, 2017 
Hello Students and Mentors!
College Applications Are Done, Now What?
Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful and restful winter break. College Applications are now done. It is time to get money for college! We need to apply for FAFSA or the CA Dream Act applications. Remember both applications close on March 2. It is very important to submit the applications by the deadline in order to get all the financial aid you qualify for! 
Mentees: We'll be getting started with the FAFSA and CA Dream Act applications. For those who are applying to private institutions, the CSS Profile is also required; please check each institution's CSS Profile deadline. 
Mentors: We'll be having financial aid training workshops later next month to provide you with more detailed information on both applications. We will send out the details ASAP so that you can RSVP for which workshop you will be able to attend. 
Also, there are FREE FAFSA workshops through Cash for College, which will be held at many I AM schools throughout the month of January. We hope many of you can attend to ensure that your FAFSA is submitted properly! 
I AM Staff 

What's New?
  • Scholarships
  • CSUs: What to do after you apply?
  • CSU Placement Test: EPT and ELM
  • UCs: What to do after you apply?
  • What will you Need to file the FAFSA?
  • The CA Dream Act, what do you need to know?
  • Difference Between CSS Profile & FAFSA 
  • Spotlight on:
    • How are UC applications evaluated?
    •  Mistakes to avoid during your senior year!  
    • The university as a sanctuary 
Quick Links
Scholarship Highlight
The Dream US Scholarship 
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Make it a habit to apply to scholarships throughout your college career!

Amount: Up to Full Tuition for AB-540 students
Application opens: November 15, 2016

Amount: Varies 
Available: January 6, 2016

college students
CSUs: What to do after you apply?
  • Print a copy of your application confirmation: Applicants should keep a record of their application ID number for their reference
  • Apply to EOP: Make sure your letters of recommendation were submitted for your EOP application
  • Order test score reports: Applicants should submit official ACT and SAT reports by the end of December 
  • Activate your student's portal
  • Check your e-mail constantly 
  • If you can, visit the campuses that you applied to

CSU Placement Test: EPT and ELM
The CSU requires you to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry-Level Mathematics Test
(ELM) before you enroll. Your scores will determine which Math and English courses you should take to
begin your career at CSU. These tests are not an admission requirement. However, they are a
requirement for enrollment.

If you are not exempt from taking the EPT or the ELM, make sure to register for a test no longer than
May 1.

You may be exempt from taking the EPT and/or ELM;
click here to check the exception guidelines.

For test locations and dates and to register for the EPT and ELM, click here. 

UCs: What to do after you apply?
  • Print a copy of your application confirmation: Applicants should keep a record of their application ID number for their reference
  • Order test score reports: Applicants should submit official ACT and SAT reports by the end of December. 
    IMPORTANT: To expedite the delivery of these test scores, UC does not recommend applicants to to use the ACT Priority Reporting or College Board's Score Choice function or Rush delivery. If you have your official score reports, send it to one campus and it will be available to all the campuses that you applied 
  • Update your Application: Students can log in to their application and, if necessary, update their telephone numbers, e-mail address, mailing address, or ACT/SAT Test scores. If there are changes to the student's academic record or other parts of the application, please click here for instructions. 
  • Await for a Decision   

What will you Need to file the FAFSA?


  • Your Social Security Number (And your parent's, if they have one)

  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

  • Your parents' or legal guardian's most recent tax returns, W-2s or other records of money earned 

  • Bank statements and records of investments, if applicable)

  • Records of untaxed income, if applicable

  • The student must register or be registered with the Selective Service, if the student is male, at least 18 years old, and born after December 31, 1959

  • A FSA ID is needed to sign electronically


The CA Dream Act, what do you need to know?
Not a use citizen or permanent resident? You still may qualify for financial aid due to recent changes in California law. You could be eligible if: 
  • You attended a California high school for at least three years, and 
  • You graduated or will graduate from high school (or the equivalent) in California 
Students holding most nonimmigrant visas (e.g., F or J) are not eligible. 
Documents needed to File the CA Dream Act: 
  • W-2 Form(s) and other records of income 
  • Most recent income tax return 
  • Records of child support, if applicable 
  • Records of student scholarship and fellowships included in your parents taxes, if applicable 
  • Current bank statements 
  • Current investment or business records, if applicable 
  • Current business and farm records, if applicable 
  • Proof of any untaxed income, if applicable 


Difference Between CSS Profile & FAFSA 
  • The CSS PROFILE is administered by the College Board, a nonprofit organization, while the FAFSA is administered by the federal government
  • Since the CSS PROFILE is not a federal government document, it will inform you of all the non-federal financial assistance you are eligible for (i.e., loans, scholarships, grants, etc.). The CSS PROFILE is available for submission as early as the fall of each year, while the FAFSA cannot be submitted until October 1

  • The CSS PROFILE focuses more on your family's assets while the FAFSA focuses on your family's annual income
  • The FAFSA does not take minimum student contribution into account, while the CSS PROFILE does
  • One of the most significant differences between the two forms is cost. The FAFSA is completely free whereas the CSS PROFILE carries fees. The CSS PROFILE charges a one-time $25 application fee; this $25 fee includes sending the report to one college. CSS charges $16 for sending the report to each additional college. Do not let these fees scare you away from filling out the CSS PROFILE. There are fee waivers available.

How are UC applications evaluated? 
Mistakes to avoid during your senior year!  
The university as a sanctuary
UC applications are reviewed beyond grades and test scores. Staff members spend time evaluating student's academic achievement in light of the opportunities available to them and their capacity to contribute to the intellectual life at UC. There are 14 factors that are weighted to review students applications. These are: 

Your senior year still counts; so stay focused! Colleges and Universities check your second semester of your senior year. Here are some DO NOT DOs during your senior year. 

In what follows, we first offer a brief overview of what the traditional understanding of a sanctuary has been and consider the current calls for colleges and universities to become sanctuaries.

I AM Schools
* Ambassador School of     Global Leadership
* Belmont High School
* Downtown Magnets HS
* Fremont High School
* Manual Arts High School
* Marshall High School
* Roosevelt High School
* Roybal High School
* Santee Education  Complex
* West Adams              Preparatory High  School
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