College of the
Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid

CR FAFSA Code Number 001185

To apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit it for processing online. Students must re-apply each year and are encouraged to file the application as soon after January 1 of each year as possible. For example, students should apply as soon as possible after January 1, 2015 when applying for financial aid for the 2015-2016 school year. Refer to the steps below to understand how the whole process works, which can take at least 2-3 months.

Application Deadlines: While applications are accepted throughout the school year, files are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is recommended that students complete the FAFSA application process prior to March 2 each year to assure full consideration for all programs. Some funds are very limited and run out well before the school year begins. The priority for completed financial aid files (FAFSA and all other required documents) is June 1. If you miss the recommended deadline, it is not too late to apply! Some programs have funds available all year.

Step 1 Apply to the College of the Redwoods at www.cccapply.org. Watch for your admission email/letter with information on how to activate your student redwoods.edu email and webadvisor accounts.

Step 2 Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. It is very important you go to the correct website. Some websites charge for completing the FAFSA. The official government website does not charge at www.fafsa.ed.gov

You must list the School Code Number for College of the Redwoods, which is 001185, on your FAFSA application. At the end of the online FAFSA, students must either sign electronically using a PIN number which is provided by the Department of Education, or they must print and mail a signed signature page to the Federal Processing Center . If you have any technical difficulties with the online application you can call the Federal Processing Center at 1-800-433-3243.

Step 3 - After you submit your FAFSA, the information will be sent electronically to the school(s) you listed on your FAFSA. Once CR is able to match your FAFSA information with your student account in our system, you will receive an email from finaid@redwoods.edu in your student redwoods.edu email account. This email will let you know which additional forms/information are required to complete your file. After you have submitted ALL of the required information, the financial aid office will review your file. Some types of financial aid awards require a special application; review the Financial Aid Awards page to determine which awards require additional paperwork.

Step 4 Complete orientation, assessment, and meet with an advisor or counselor. Take classes that are for your educational program so that you can graduate on-time. Don't take unnecessary classes.

Step 5 Register for classes when available; pay applicable fees.

Step 6 Make sure you continue to regularly check your student redwoods.edu email account for further information, such as:
* Additional forms/information that may be required after the initial review of your file
* Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status
* Award notification and disbursement information
* Other important college related information you must know

Step 7 Watch your mail for your CR Access Card. Do not throw it away as you need it to choose your option for receiving financial aid and other refunds.

Step 8 Maintain satisfactory academic progress each term so that you can continue to receive aid.

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