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Need financial aid? Start Here!

The first step in obtaining financial aid is applying! The 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) open on October 1st, 2018. For more information about applying, click here.

2019-2020 Financial Aid Application Information

  • The 2019-2020 financial aid applications are based on 2017 income information or the Prior Prior Year (PPY), since most people have already filed their 2017 tax returns.
    • You cannot use your 2016 tax information. If your family's income has changed significantly, please complete your application with 2017 information and contact our office for further assistance.
  • The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is available for you to import your tax information directly into your FAFSA
  • Don't forget to include our school code: 041271

What You Need to Apply

  • Your Social Security number, Alien Registration number, or CSAC ID
  • Your parents' Social Security numbers if you are a dependent student
  • 2017 Federal tax returns, including IRS W2 information for yourself and your parents if dependent, or spouse if you are married
  • Records of your untaxed income (ex. child support received, interest income, and veterans noneducation benefits)

Start Here Workshops

We'll also be hosting Start Here Financial Aid Application Workshops throuout the school year. During the workshops, a financial aid advisor will be present to help you complete your FAFSA, CADAA, or Continuing Student Scholarship ApplicationPlease bring your own laptop, tablet, or cell phone to these workshops! Join us for the following workshops coming up in the spring 2019 semester:

  • February 1st from 10am-12pm in the California Room (Continuing Student Scholarship Application Only)
  • February 5th from 9am-10am in SSB 130
  • February 14th from 11am-12pm in SSB 130
  • February 20th from 1:30pm-2:30pm in KL 217
  • March 1st from 9am-11am in SSB 130

FAFSA Mobile

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has gone mobile! You can now complete the FAFSA on your smartphone or tablet device! Visit the FAFSA website for more information.