New California High School Requirements for Seniors


What: Starting in the 2022-23 academic school year, high schools and school districts (Local Educational Agencies) will need to ensure that all 12th graders in the state of California complete a FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application, unless the student has formally submitted an opt-out waiver. The goal of “All In for FAFSA/CA Dream Act” is to expand access to financial aid to thousands of students who may have otherwise not been aware of these opportunities. California Assembly Bill 132

Who: All seniors must complete the FAFSA or Dream Act Application. Learn which application applies to you. Students of all income levels applying to all types of post-secondary programs need to apply. Many colleges require the FAFSA or Dream Act Application for merit based scholarships or even to be able to participate in different programs at the colleges. FAFSA or the Dream Act Application is not only for students who intend to apply for need-based scholarships or grants.

How: Go to the online FAFSA Application or CA Dream Act Application.

*To be prepared for your online application, complete this FAFSA on the web worksheet or CA Dream Act worksheet

What will I need to fill out the Dream Act Application or FAFSA®?

  • Your Social Security Number (if you have one)
  • Your Alien Registration number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA® form using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • An FSA ID (for FAFSA) so you can electronically sign the FAFSA® form

When: The FAFSA® and Dream Act Application open on October 1st. The State of California has a priority filing deadline of March 2, and the sooner you complete the forms, the better! Many scholarships and grants are awarded on a first-file, first-awarded basis. PUSD submits the Cal Grant GPA Verification electronically for all seniors, unless the student has formally submitted an opt-out waiver.

More Information: Please read here for more information on the bill and here if you need information on FAFSA vs Dream Act. If you choose to opt out, PUSD will require the completion of an opt-out form later this year.