Important Information for River Oaks Seniors!



  1. Twelfth grade families may now file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the 2019-20 school year. The deadline to file for many colleges is March 2, but I recommend getting it done by the end of the calendar year. The site is This includes students who will be going to both four-year schools and community colleges. Richard is happy to help!


Dear ROA Senior Families,
Below you will find a few items of importance for our ROA seniors:
1. We recommend that all senior families complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in order to qualify for financial aid for college. This form, found at , is the primary financial aid application used by all colleges, including community colleges and technical schools. You may file the FAFSA any time from now until March 2, but we do not recommend waiting.  One of the scholarships that your student may qualify for if his or her college is located in California is the Cal Grant. This free, renewable scholarship requires a grade point average of 3.0 for Grades 10 and 11. We have already submitted these grades to the California Student Aid Commission, so you don’t need to do so. You do, however, need to file the FAFSA.
2. Some great websites to help you in the financial aid and scholarship process are as follows:, and
3. Now that the university application season is upon us, don’t hesitate to contact me to work on college selection, applications, recommendations, etc. University applications are typically due November or December. Community college applications are taken care of in the spring…we will be in touch on that.
4. Finally, please be sure to have your ID picture taken this week, according to the schedule posted on our website. A school ID is important for college testing, student discounts at various merchants, etc.
And, be sure to reach out if you have questions of any kind!
Take care,


In addition, here are a few sites to help you in the search for money for college: California Student Aid Commission, a good place to learn the ins and outs of the financial aid process; a comprehensive national scholarship search tool.