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 – BOG Fee Waiver and Cal Grant
  • Our Federal School Code is  001282        
In order to receive aid from year to year, the FAFSA must be renewed annually. 

The FAFSA PIN has been replaced by the FSA ID - click here for more information.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

You Will Need the Following To Apply for Financial Aid

To apply for aid for the 2015-2016 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) 2014 income information:

  • 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 – we are no longer allowed to accept copies of Federal Tax Returns, Foreign Tax Return, or tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia, or Palau

Your Parents´ 2014 income information (if you are a dependent student):

  • 2014 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

    the 2015-2016 FAFSA is valid from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 – Fall
                           2015, Spring 2016 and Summer 2016

  • You may submit a FAFSA starting on January 1 each year, which will take effect the following academic year

                         *Example: starting January 1, 2016 you may submit the 2016-2017 FAFSA.

For 2015-2016, you may submit the FAFSA as late as June 30, 2016.

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