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Applying for Federal Student Aid

Students can now download the myStudentAid mobil app to complete their FAFSA applications by phone! Available to download for iPhone and Android users.

  • The FSA ID is used to access the Federal Student Aid website, electronically sign the FAFSA application and other Federal Student Aid documents
  • Dependent students that are required to provide parental information on the FAFSA application will also need their parents to create an FSA ID
  • The free application opens October 1st for the following academic year
  • Be sure to add FRC to your application using federal school code: 008597
  • Submitting the FAFSA application allows you to be considered for federal and state grants, federal and state work study programs and federal student loans
  • If you are a California resident submit your FAFSA before March 2nd each year to potentially be considered for additional California state grants!
  • After you complete the FAFSA application a SAR will be emailed to you within 72 hours if you provided an email address, or mailed within 2 weeks if an email was not provided
  • The SAR contains all the information you submitted on your FAFSA
  • Once you receive your SAR be sure to review all of the information for accuracy right away and make any necessary corrections
  • Students will need to monitor their MyFRC student portal under the Award Status screen, which will display if there are unsatisfied requirements that need to be completed
  • Students eligible for the Pell Grant or Federal Direct Loans will have two Authorization questions to answer through their MyFRC portal
  • There could potentially be additional forms to submit and if the student has been selected for verification, there may be additional documentation that is requested
  • Failure to complete or provide the requested documentation will result in becoming ineligible to receive federal assistance

Note: Financial aid verification documents must be received by FRC no later than 120 days after the student's last date of enrollment.

  • After completing the required paperwork and requirements listed on MyFRC, be sure to check the status of your requirements periodically so as to view any changes/additions that have been made
  • If there is any additional information being requested, or if there is a change to your award, our office will contact the student via email

Did you know the California Student Aid Commission's FAFSA Text back campaign with Get Schooled lets you get basic FAFSA questions answered? Get Started Now! Text the word "FAFSA" to 335577.

Applying for the California Dream Act Application (AB 540)

  • The free application opens October 1st for the following academic year
  • Be sure to add FRC to your applicaiton using federal school code: 008597
  • Submit your CADAA before the March 2nd California deadline!
  • After you complete the CADAA application a Cal SAR will be emailed to you within 72 hours if you provided an email address, or mailed within 2 weeks if an email was not provided
  • The Cal SAR contains all the information you submitted on your CADAA
  • Once you receive your Cal SAR be sure to review all of the information for accuracy right away and make any necessary corrections
  • Students will need to monitor their MyFRC student portal under the Award Status screen, which will display if there are unsatisfied requirements that need to be completed
  • There could potentially be additional forms to submit and if the student has been selected for verification, there may be additional documentation that is requested
  • Failure to complete or provide the requested documentation will result in not obtaining your grant(s) 

AB540 students who are only receiving the California College Promise Grant (CCPG) do not have to complete outstanding requirements. Students who are eligible for additional grants have to complete the outstanding student requirements.

Note: Financial aid verification documents must be received by FRC no later than 120 days after the student's last date of enrollment.

  • After completing the required paperwork and requirements listed on MyFRC, be sure to check the status of your requirements periodically so as to view any changes/additions that have been made
  • If there is any additional information being requested, or if there is a change to your award, our office will contact the student via email

Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for federal student aid you must meet the following requirements:
  • Obtained a high school diploma, GED certificate or state equivalent test, or completed home schooling
  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or other eligible non-citizen
  • Be admitted in a qualified program leading to a degree or certificate
  • Make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in your course of study
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a refund on a federal grant for attendance at any institution
  • Provided all requested documents to the Financial Aid Office

Note: The FRC financial aid polices are posted on our website here and is available in the Financial Aid Office.

Listed below are California state aid programs. Click the links for individual program eligibility:

Note: The FRC financial aid polices are posted on our website here and is available in the Financial Aid Office.

Student Loans

Student loans are debt that the student must repay, but borrowing them is optional!

Students interested in borrowing student loans need to request a student loan packet from our office, either in-person or via email.

To request student loans, you must:
  1. Have the current year's FAFSA on file at FRC with all outstanding requirements completed
  2. Complete the Student Loan Request & Guidelines Form
  3. Complete Loan Entrance Counseling at studentaid.gov (print confirmation)
  4. Complete Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement (Implementation delayed until 2021-2022)
  5. Complete a Master Promissory Note (Loan Agreement) at studentaid.gov (print pages 1-3)

Submit requirements 2-5 to the Financial Aid Office for processing.

The U.S. Department of Education has two federal student loan programs: 

  1. The William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program is the largest federal student loan program. Under this program, the U.S. Department of Education is your lender. There are three types of loans available at Feather River College (FRC
    •  Direct Subsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need to help cover the costs of higher education at a college or career. The U.S. Department of Education pays the interest on this loan:
      • while you’re in school at least half-time
      • for the first six months after you leave school
      • during a period of deferment
    • Direct Unsubsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate students, but in this case, the student does not have to demonstrate financial need to be eligible for the loan. You are responsible for paying the interest during all periods. If you choose not to pay the interest while you are in school, during grace periods and deferment or forbearance periods, your interest will accrue and be capitalized.
    • Direct PLUS Loans are loans made to parents of dependent undergraduate students to help pay for education expenses not covered by other financial aid

FRC is a two-year institution, therefore, students are only eligible to apply for a first-year or a second-year student loan. However, students accepted into our Bachelor's degree program should contact the Financial Aid Office as they may be eligible for additional loan amounts.

The amount students may be eligible to borrow depends on:
  • Level in college (freshman, sophomore, etc.),
  • Dependency status
  • Amount of financial need

Below is a table listing the Undergraduate Annual Loan Limits. Students can use the table to find out how much they can borrow in student loans while attending FRC. The annual amounts shown are for the entire academic year. Want to see what your student loan repayment options are based on your income? If so, use the Loan Simulator now!

ACADEMIC YEAR

DEPENDENT* STUDENTS

INDEPENDENT* STUDENTS

First-Year

(less than 30 units

earner)

up to a total of $5,500

up to $3,500 subsidized

up to $2,000 unsubsidized

up to a total of $9,500

up to $3,500 subsidized

up to $6,000 unsubsidized

Second-Year

(30 or more units

earned)

up to a total of $6,500

up to $4,500 subsidized

up to $2,000 unsubsidized

up to a total of $10,500

up to $4,500 subsidized

up to $6,000 unsubsidized

*As defined by the U.S. Department of Education for financial aid purposes.

*If the parent of a dependent student applies for a Direct PLUS Loan and is denied, the dependent student may be eligible for independent student loan amounts.

Miscellaneous Resources

Thinking of attending college but not sure how much aid you may be eligible for? If so, the FAFSA4caster is for you!

If you want to begin exploring your financial aid options and get an early start on the financial aid process, the FAFSA4caster, will provide you and/or your family with an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid. This website provides you with an opportunity to increase your knowledge of the financial aid process; become familiar with the various types of federal student aid available; and investigate other sources of aid, such as grants and scholarships.

You can use Federal Student Aid's (FSA) Federal School Code Search Tool to search for colleges you're interested in listing on your FAFSA or CADAA application. You can also find detailed college information; like tuition and fee amounts, graduation rates and compare that information for up to 10 colleges at a time.

When applying for financial aid students may come across some financial aid terms and acronyms that they are unfamiliar with. This is common for many first-time and returning college students and parents but there is no need to worry! Federal Student Aid has an entire glossary to help students and parents understand the various terms and acronyms used in financial aid.

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