College Financial Aid / Ayuda Financiera para los Estudios Universitarios

  • Financial Aid Applications - Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act Application (CADAA)


    Accessing financial aid is key to supporting students in continuing their education to achieve their career aspirations.  To learn more about the types of financial aid assistance available to students and which application (FAFSA or CADAA) your student should use to apply for aid, please visit the California Student Aid Commission website


    The 2024-2025 FAFSA and CADAA application is now open! Due to several updates to the application and process, the 2024-25 FAFSA is currently available intermittently as part of the Department of Education's "soft launch." Since the application will be accessible for short periods of time, students seeking to apply may need to revisit the website multiple times. The 2024-25 CADAA is open and accessible. 


    The priority deadline to submit the FAFSA or CADAA is April 2nd for California. However, some schools require students to submit earlier so students are encouraged to check the deadlines for the schools they are applying to and apply for financial aid as soon as possible.


    Did you know?!

    • First year students attending the Santa Rosa Junior College full time can get their FIRST TWO YEARS OF TUITION FREE regardless of income. Students must apply for financial aid to qualify.


    Questions? Need Support?

    Cash for College Nights are available online or in person for students and families to get support with completing a financial aid application. Please check HERE to view a list of upcoming workshops. Students attending a Cash for College Night workshop to receive help to complete the FAFSA or the CADAA will be entered to win a $1000 Santa Rosa Junior College scholarship.

    Please also visit or contact the College & Career Center at each high school for support with completing financial aid applications. Below is the list of College and Career Counselors.

    Elsie Allen High School:
    Yosan Zeweldi -

    Maria Carrillo High School:
    Kim Handel -

    Montgomery High School:
    Sara Legesse -

    Piner High School:
    Nicole Cancilla-Kopf -

    Ridgway High School:
    Heidi Pedrazzetti -

    Santa Rosa High School:
    Tracy Batchelder -

    A mobile-friendly version of the website and a mobile app is available! Watch this video about the mobile app!

    Santa Rosa City Schools also partners with Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) and 10K Degrees to support our students with completing their Financial Aid applications. Please visit the SRJC website for more information, check out the videos below, and/or attend one of their FREE virtual drop-in office hours: FREE Virtual Office hours. Please also visit the 10K Degrees website for a list of support workshops available. 


    IMPORTANT UPDATE:  Financial Aid Application Requirement and Opt-Out Form

    Under a new state law called AB 469, high school seniors will be required to complete and submit either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) or an opt-out form. This requirement began with the 2022-2023 school year.

    Students and families will receive assistance completing the FAFSA or CADAA from their high school. More information about the FREE workshops and resources available to complete financial aid applications will be shared throughout the school year. 

    Parents/Guardians who elect not to have their student complete the FAFSA or CADAA should complete an opt-out form by April 2, 2024. The opt-out form will be available at each high school in the College and Career Center.

  • Who should apply for aid



  • Quién debería solicitar ayuda (en español)