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To be considered for federal student aid, state and institutional aid, you must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year that you attend college. Students have the option of submitting their FAFSA through:

  1. Online FAFSA at  Processing time is 2 weeks.  Don't forget to include the Gavilan School Code on the application:  001202


   2.  Paper Applications, which take 4-6 weeks for processing. See "Financial Aid Forms" for PDF versions of FAFSA.

Students will be required to submit/renew the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at or by completing a paper FAFSA and mailing it to the Central Processing Center.

Please review Library Hours as computers are at students'                       disposal to complete the FAFSA online.      

Who is Eligible to File a FAFSA?

Persons who:
  • Are U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents (who have an "Alien Registration Number").
  • Have Social Security Number.
  • Show financial need.
  • Are not in default on an educational loan nor owe a refund on federal (or state) student aid.
  • Have registered, or formerly registered, with the Selective Service (for male students only).
  • Are enrolled in an eligible program for the purpose of obtaining a degree or certificate.
  • Have the ability to benefit from the education offered. This can be met by holding a high school diploma, passing an approved test in the Assessment Center or securing a GED diploma.
  • Have declared an educational goal like: AA/AS, certificate, and/or transfer.
  • Are making satisfactory academic progress.

What do I need to file my FAFSA online?

  • STEP 1: Decide How You'll Sign Your Online FAFSA
  • STEP 2: Gather Income Information
  • STEP 3: Apply online & submit application.
  • STEP 4: What Happens after I file my FAFSA?
Last modified: April 22, 2013
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