Step 2: Decide if you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application
Students only need to complete either the FAFSA or Dream Act Application for each academic year that they plan to College of the Redwoods, or any other college.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application that most students need to complete. To be eligible to file the FAFSA, you must:
- Be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident OR
PLEASE NOTE: Students who received a Social Security Number through the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrival (DACA), and who qualify for AB540, should complete the California Dream Act Application in order to be considered for state financial aid, as they are NOT Eligible for Federal Student Aid.
California Dream Act Application:
The California Dream Act Application is the application for students who are not eligible to file the FAFSA, but who meet certain California residency requirements. To be eligible to file the California Dream Act Application, students must:
- NOT be eligible to file the FAFSA
- Be a California Resident
- Be eligible for AB540 status
For more information about the California Dream Act, visit Dream Act.