Website helps LEAs with FAFSA compliance
April 18, 2022
This article was provided by the California College Guidance Initiative.
In 2021, California passed AB 469, which requires Local Education Agencies to ensure that all high school seniors complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA). offers free tools through which LEAs can implement AB 469 requirements and report compliance, such as reports documenting whether a student has launched, submitted and completed their financial aid application.
What is
At, we believe that all students deserve the opportunity to succeed.
As the State of California’s official college and career planning platform, empowers students and families by providing them with a one-stop shop for all the tools they need to successfully complete their journey from K-12 to higher education, and eventually to their future career. The tools and resources on are fully subsidized by the state and free to California sixth-12th grade students, their parents, and educators. For more information about, visit
Financial aid lessons for students supports students by providing them new, integrated financial aid lessons. As early as the sixth grade, as long as they are at least 13 years old, students can independently navigate these comprehensive grade-level-specific lessons. The lessons are designed with students in mind and allows them to gain financial aid knowledge at their own pace, in a language that is easy for them to understand.
Students are also able to launch and track their financial aid application directly from After their financial aid application has been submitted, the lessons will walk students through the process of understanding and comparing financial aid awards and the steps necessary to secure state aid.
To hear what students are saying about our financial aid lessons, watch this two-minute testimonial featuring high school seniors at
Data and reporting tools for educators provides districts and educators access to a wide range of student activity data and reporting tools. When students launch their financial aid application from, educators can download reports that show the status of those applications. Districts can then utilize these reports to triage which students need what kinds of support, and meet compliance with AB 469. To hear what educators are saying about our financial aid tools, watch this two-minute testimonial from several educators at
Learn more
Interested in learning more about our financial aid tools and how they can help you implement AB 469?
  • Register for the California Student Aid Commission’s 2022 California College Affordability Summit on April 20-21 at and sign up to attend one of our sessions on AB 469 implementation.
  • Check out our AB 469 Implementation Using checklist at bitl.y/ab469checklist for helpful information about our financial aid tools and steps you can take to bring these resources to your district.
  • Contact us at with any questions.
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