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  1. What is the FAFSA?   
    It is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  Students who are US Citizens or Permanent Residents should submit the FAFSA each academic year to be considered for financial aid. Students should ONLY submit their FAFSA through www.fafsa.gov.  Submitting your FAFSA is FREE and should never require your credit card information!!!  Need help?  Contactoutreach@sbscholarship.org.

  2. What is the Dream Act Application?  
    ​It is an application for eligible AB 540 students only to complete instead of the FAFSA each academic year to be considered for state financial aid.  The Dream Act Application gets submitted to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to be processed and students receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) approximately a week later.  Students should ONLY submit their Dream Act Application through https://dream.csac.ca.gov/.  Submitting your Dream Act Application is FREE and should never require your credit card information!!!  Need help?  Contactoutreach@sbscholarship.org.

  3. What is a SAR?
    ​It is your Student Aid Report – this is the document you receive after your FAFSA or Dream Act Application has been processed.  5-7 days after you submit your FAFSA or Dream Act Application, you should receive an email stating that your SAR is ready to review.  If you don’t seen an email within a week, login and check the status.  For instructions on how to access your Student Aid Report, please visit the Resources section at the top of this application portal or our website here.

  4. What does EFC stand for? 
    Estimated Family Contribution.  This number is listed on the first page of your Student Aid Report (SAR).  If your EFC is blank, you need to log back into your FAFSA or Dream Act Application and make corrections.  Necessary corrections will be listed on the first page of your Student Aid Report (SAR). 

  5. I’m completing my Family Financial Statement – Am I considered an Independent or Dependent Student?
    ​Generally, if you are married, over the age of 24, have children, are a member of the US Armed Forces, OR a ward of the court/in the foster youth system at any time at the age of 13+ you are considered INDEPENDENT.  If you are under the age of 24, unmarried, and have no children you are DEPENDENT regardless of whether or not your parent(s)/stepparent plans to support you in college.  To read more about these guidelines, click here or visit finaid.org here.  We follow the same guidelines as FAFSA and the California Student Aid Commission in determining Independent vs. Dependent students.  For questions about special circumstances, please email us at help@sbscholarship.org.  

  6. How do I access my Cal Grant information after I submit my FAFSA or Dream Act Application? 
    ​All California high school graduates/GED recipients should create a WebGrants account with the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).  You can create an account and login here:www.webgrants4students.org.  If you change schools or take a leave of absence, you should alwayslogin to your WebGrants account and make updates so as not to waste your Cal Grant eligibility years.  Foster Youth: you will find your CHAFEE grant information here as well.

  7. I was homeschooled – what documentation do I need to provide to your office in addition to the unofficial copy of my high school transcript including cumulative GPA?
    You will need to provide a private school (homeschooled) affidavit for EACH year you were homeschooled for grades 7 through 12.  Your private school affidavit should be on file with the Santa Barbara County Education Office.  Click here to visit the SBCEO website.

  8. I have more than one high school transcript, how do I upload them to my online application?  
    ​You will need to merge these files into one document.  If you cannot merge them digitally, print, scan, and save them as one PDF or Word attachment or use Adobe or other software to merge your files.  If you are unsure on how to do this, try searching Google or YouTube for tips.

  9. I have more than one college transcript, how do I upload them to my online application?
    You will need to merge these files into one document.  If you cannot merge them digitally, print, scan, and save them as one PDF or Word attachment or use Adobe or other software to merge your files.  If you are unsure on how to do this, try searching Google or YouTube for tips. 

  10. Can I submit my required application documents (transcripts, letters of recommendation, Student Aid Report) through the mail, drop-off, or email attachments? 
    No.  All required documents must be attached to your online application to be processed.  Be sure you are meeting all corresponding deadlines.

  11. Are there other financial aid opportunities out there?
    ​Yes!  Our website has a list of scholarship search engines here, but we also encourage students to visit their specific college’s website for a list of scholarship opportunities their school provides.  You can also call your financial aid office and ask.  CHECK EARLY!  Most deadlines run ahead of the academic year and require an in-depth application.  Need help?  Contactoutreach@sbscholarship.org