How to Apply

How To Apply for Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps determine eligibility for:       

  • Federal Student Aid – grants, loans, and work-study
  • State aid programs – CA College Promise Grant, Cal Grant & Student Success Completion Grant
  • Our Federal School Code is  001282        
In order to receive aid from year to year, the FAFSA must be renewed annually. 


Be sure to get your FSA ID - click here for more information.

Benefits of having a working FSA ID include:

  • Electronically sign the FAFSA
  • Electronically sign your student loan application
  • Correct, update, renew or review your FAFSA
  • View your federal student aid history
  • Your parents can get a FSA ID to electronically sign the FAFSA (as applicable)

You Will Need the Following To Apply for Financial Aid

To apply for aid for the 2019-2020 Academic Year, you will need the following:

  • Social Security Number and driver's license (if applicable)

  • Alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

Your (and your spouse´s, if you are married) 2017 income information (use the same for both years):

  • Your (and your spouse's) W-2 forms and other records of income IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ

  • The Financial Aid Office may need tax transcripts

  • Your Parents´ 2017 income information (if you are a dependent student):

  • 2017 untaxed income records

  • Social Security Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Welfare

  • Current bank statements, business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records (as applicable)

Timeline & Deadlines

The FAFSA is valid for one academic year. You must renew the FAFSA each academic year you wish to apply for and receive aid:      

  • The FAFSA is valid from July 1 through June 30 each year – the FAFSA is valid for Summer, Fall, Spring and Summer in that order.
               *Example:
    the 2019-2020 FAFSA is valid from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020 and Summer 2020

    NEW!!  You may submit a FAFSA starting on October 1 each year, which will take effect the following academic year
              *Example: starting October 1, 2019 you may submit the 2020-2021 FAFSA.

  • For 2019-2020, you may submit the FAFSA as late as June 30, 2020.
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