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Financial aid can significantly reduce the cost of college.

But all too often, millions of dollars in aid remain unallocated.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, FAFSA completion rates dropped by 11%, while CADAA completion rates dropped by 45%. Communities with the most students of color, rural areas, and the highest poverty were hit hardest by these decreases in completion. In October 2021, Governor Newsom signed AB 469 into law. This measure, which was supported by GO’s network of families, now requires all 12th graders in California to complete the FAFSA or CADAA unless they formally opt out.

The first year of California’s Universal Financial Aid Law resulted in an increase of 24,000 applications across the state. Statewide, 74% of students in the 2023 graduating class completed a FAFSA or CADAA, a 6% increase from the class of 2022.

We can continue to build on these outcomes if we come together as a community to share more accurate information about financial aid and help more students apply.

A Parent’s Guide to Financial Aid  features important updates to the FAFSA and CADAA for the 2024-25 award year, a look at financial aid legislation and completion data, and resources to understand all the current and upcoming changes to the financial aid process.

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FINANCIAL AID GUIDES

A Parent's Guide to Financial Aid

A Parent's Guide to Financial Aid UPDATED FOR THE 2024-2025 AWARD YEAR front cover featuring a Latina teen-aged female student dressed in a dark blue graduation cap and gown, holding a rolled up diploma with a red ribbon, embracing an older Latina woman wearing a long-sleeved white shirt. They stand on campus with trees blurred behind them. The teenaged woman's eyes are closed. The older Latina woman's face is turned away.

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A Parent's Guide to College Conversations

Close up of A Parent's Guide to College Conversations 2023-2024 front cover featuring a Latina teen-aged female student dressed in a dark blue graduation cap and gown shouting with joy while holding a rolled up diploma with a pink ribbon, embracing an older Latino man dressed in a dark pinstriped suit and tie. There is a light-colored home visible behind the three figures.

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A Parent's Guide to College Conversations 2nd Edition

Close crop of Front cover of A Parent's Guide to College Conversations 2nd edition (2024): An older African American man dressed in a dark blue suit embraces a younger African American man dressed in dark blue graduation cap and gown, whose face is turned away, while a young African American boy gazes at them from the lower left corner, and two African American woman laugh with joy to the left of the older man. There are blurred trees in the background.

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Coming soon: An Educator's Guide to Financial Aid Completion

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A Parent's Guide to Financial Aid

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ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES

2024 FAFSA Checklist for Families

GO Public Schools 2024 FAFSA Checklist: a clipboard with a GO document, check boxes, a blue ballpoint pen, and copies of the GO booklet A Parent's Guide to Financial Aide 2023-2024 layered below the clipboard.

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How to use A Parent's Guide to Financial Aid

2024 FAFSA mind map

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Financial Aid Resources for Families

GO Public Schools Financial Aid Resources with QR code to access updated GO guides.

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For Mixed-Status Families // Para Familias de Estatus Mixto

March 19, 2024: English | Español

April 18, 2024: English | Español

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