Helpful Links

Applying

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
FSA ID
In most cases, students and parents need to apply for an FSA ID to complete the FAFSA
California Dream Act Application (CADAA)
Selective Service System
Cal Grant GPA Verification Form

Federal, State, and UC Financial Aid Information

Federal Student Aid Website
National Student Loan Data System
Get information on students’ federal loan status.
StudentLoans.gov
Find information about loan programs, complete entrance counseling and a Master Promissory Note, and learn about repayment.

Federal Student Aid Guide
This guide is a quick and comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the US Department of Education.

Federal Education Tax Benefits
Federal Education Tax Credit Information (1098-T)
California Student Aid Commission Website

University of California Pathways
Information for parents and students about financial aid at the University of California.

Special Populations

Foster Youth: Tips for completing the FAFSA
Chafee Grant for California Foster Youth
UC Merced Services for Undocumented Students
UC Merced Veterans Services

Financial Literacy & Other Resources

CashCourse.org
This free, online resource provides financial education resources and other tools such as a Budget wizard, worksheets, calculators, quizzes, and more.

Financial Aid TV
Tired of reading about financial aid? Watch the information you need instead!

The College Board
Visit this site for information on calculating college costs and how much your family is expected to contribute to your education. It also includes information on savings and financing options, interactive calculators, scholarship search information, information on student and parent borrowing options and other educational links.