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Better FAFSA – Better CADAA

Better FAFSA and Better CADAA:
What You Need to Know

Updated January 1, 2024

Starting from December 31, 2023, the federal and state financial aid applications will have some changes that will make it easier for you to apply for aid and get more money for college.


Better FAFSA

Better FAFSA is the new name for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which you can use to apply for federal grants, loans, and work-study. It will have fewer questions, a better user interface, and a direct link to the IRS to import your tax information. It will also increase your chances of getting a Pell Grant, which is free money that you don’t have to pay back.

Learn More About Better FAFSA

Better CADAA

Better CADAA is the improved version of the California Dream Act Application (CADAA), which you can use to apply for state grants and scholarships if you are an undocumented student. It will have some of the same changes as the FAFSA, such as using the term “contributors” instead of “parents” or “spouse”. It will also help you access more state aid programs, such as Cal Grant and Middle Class Scholarship.

Learn More About Better CADAA

Connect with the Financial Aid Office

Contact or visit our financial aid office for information about our services, hours and how to make an appointment.


Follow the Financial Aid Office on social media for announcements about financial aid updates.