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Need financial aid? Start Here!

The first step in obtaining financial aid is applying! The 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) open on October 1st, 2017. For more information about applying, click here.

2018-2019 Financial Aid Application Information

  • Like last year, the 2018-2019 financial aid applications are based on 2016 income information or the Prior Prior Year (PPY), since most people have already filed their 2016 tax returns.
    • You cannot use your 2017 tax information. If your family's income has changed significantly, please complete your application with 2016 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
  • 2016 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 four Start Here financial aid application workshops this spring. During the workshops, a financial aid advisor will be present to help you complete your financial aid application. Join us for the following workshops:
  • February 5th, 9am-11am, Alpine Room (please bring your own laptop to this workshop)
  • February 22nd, 2:30pm-4pm, SSM 154
  • March 1st, 2:30pm-4pm, SSM 154
  • March 2nd, 11am-1pm, California Room (please bring your own laptop to this workshop)

At these workshops, our scholarship coordinator will be available to help students complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application

In addition to the workshops above, you can also get help with your scholarship application on the following dates and times:
  • February 6th, 9am-11am, SSM 154
  • February 23rd, 3pm-5pm, SSM 154

Financial Aid Steps to Success

Applying is only the first step in obtaining your financial aid. Ensure your financial aid journey is successful by following our Financial Aid Steps to Success.