Step 1: Apply to College of the Redwoods
In order to successfully match your financial aid application it is best to have completed the application to College of the Redwoods first.
- Complete the CR Application.
- Use this application if you are new to CR OR If you are a returning student but haven't taken classes in the past 12 months. *Please note: If you do not use a Social Security Number on your application, it must be processed manually. Manual applications are the same as paper applications and processed once per week.
- *If you are an international, high school, veteran student or Oregon Exchange Student, there may be additional steps. Please note, if you do not use a Social Security Number on your application, it must be processed manually. Manual applications are processed once per week.
- For additional information regarding applications to College of the Redwoods, visit our Admissions page at https://www.redwoods.edu/admissions/GetStarted
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
- Be classified as a “Eligible Non-Citizen ”
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.
Step 3: If you are completing the FAFSA, create your FSA ID
If you are completing the California Dream Act Application you can skip this step and go to step 4.
Create an FSA ID for you as the student and your parent(s) if needed. You will only need to create your FSA ID one time. You will use this information each year when applying for Financial Aid; please keep your FSA ID in a safe place!
Note: If you are having issues with your FSA ID and Password, please contact the FSA ID help center at: 1-800-433-3243, College of the Redwoods does not have administrative access to your log in credentials.
Step 4: Complete your FAFSA or Dream Act Application for the correct academic year
- Gather all of the information you need to complete the appropriate application, including your FSA ID.
- Determine which Academic Year Application you should submit:
- Depending on what time of the year you submit a Financial Aid Application, there may be more than one application available. Please submit the correct academic year financial aid application.
- 2020-2021 FAFSA or DreamAct covers Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021
- 2021-2022 FAFSA or DreamAct covers Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022
- Complete the Appropriate Application:
- Complete the FAFSA at: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa/
- The FAFSA opens October 1st each year for the upcoming academic year, ensure you are completing the application for the academic year for which you plan to attend school. If you have questions about which application you should complete, you can contact the Financial Aid office at email@example.com or fill out applications for both years.
- When asked for the school code be sure to include 001185 for College of the Redwoods.
- You can review the following worksheets to preview the questions asked on the FAFSA:
- 2020/2021 FAFSA Worksheet
- 2021/2022 FAFSA Worksheet
ii. Complete the California Dream Act Application at: https://dream.csac.ca.gov/ .
*Summer Pell Grant eligibility will be based on year round Pell eligibility (effective July 2017)
When you have successfully completed your FAFSA you will receive a confirmation page, including a confirmation number. If you do not get to this page, you have not completed your FAFSA.
Step 5: Check your CR email address
The Financial Aid Office brings in FAFSA applications and California Dream Act applications once each week to begin the process of reviewing your financial aid file. It can take up to three weeks from the time you successfully complete your FAFSA for CR to receive the information. You will receive an email when CR has received your FAFSA information.
It can take an additional 4-6 weeks to determine if additional documentation is needed, or if your file can move forward in the process.
Please note that the Financial Aid Office does not begin processing FAFSA information for the upcoming year until the middle of the Spring semester. This means the students who completed the FAFSA for the upcoming academic year in October may not receive any communication from the Financial Aid Office until April.
If you have been locked out of your student email and the "forgot password" function is not working, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to include your full name and CR ID number in your message. The Financial Aid Office cannot perform student email password resets. If you have never logged into your student email before please visit the student tech help page.
Review information about what to do after you have completed your financial aid application in our Next Steps!