Financial Aid

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application (CADAA)


    The 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application (CADAA) opens October 1, 2020. Your FAFSA or CADAA must be submitted by March 2, 2021 for Cal Grant consideration. 

    Attend a FREE Cash for College Workshop to receive help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act (CADAA) and Chafee Grant for Foster Youth applications. This event is normally held in December at the Madera Community College Center. 

    When completing the FAFSA or CADAA, applicants no longer need to estimate income and tax information and will be able to retrieve data using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, beginning the first day the FAFSA or CADAA is available. By submitting the FAFSA or CADAA early students will have information about their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) earlier, helping them as they go through the college application and selection process.

    Each student and parent will need to create an FSA ID number in order to access the Federal Student Aid's online system and to electronically sign your FAFSA application.  NOTE: Remember do not share your FSA ID with anyone. The security of your FSA ID is important because it can be used to electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents, access your personal records, and make binding legal obligations. To create your FSA ID please click here. For answers to frequently asked questions regarding FSA IDs, click here

    FSA Instruction Video 

    FAFSA Resources

    ▪ Federal Student Loan Programs (in English)              ▪ Federal Student Loan Programs (in Spanish)      

    ▪ 2020-2021 FAFSA Worksheet                                        ▪ FAFSA at a Glance

    ▪ FAFSA for Undocumented Students (in English)         ▪ FAFSA for Undocumented Students (in Spanish)

    CAL Grants

    Cal Grant Awards are free money provided by the State of California to help pay for the cost of college.  If you have a graduating high school senior, who meets academic, financial and eligibility requirements, your child may qualify to receive a Cal Grant. 

    Madera Unified will electronically submit your CAL GRANT GPA verification for every senior in the district to the California Student Aid Commission so they may be considered for a Cal Grant award, but you must submit your own FAFSA to complete the application.

    Cal Grant Information