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STEP 1: Complete an Application

The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). From this single application, you will be considered for both federal and state aid (including Cal Grants).

You may complete a paper FAFSA, available at most high schools and colleges. Or for faster results and less risk of error, apply online at FAFSA on the Web. Also, apply for a Federal PIN. If you are dependent, your parent should also apply for a Federal PIN. This will allow you to sign your application electronically and you’ll be able to make corrections and track your FAFSA online. You can apply for your PIN any time so it’s available when you’re ready to complete your FAFSA.

Be sure to check out the "Before beginning a FAFSA" section of the federal website. The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet will help you know what documents to gather so your FAFSA on the web experience will be quick and painless.

The priority filing period is January 1 – March 2 for the following academic year. If you miss the March 2 deadline, you may miss out on certain types of financial aid including Cal Grants; however, Federal Pell Grants and Federal Stafford Loans may be available even if you file your FAFSA after March 2.

Renewal Applicants

If you completed a FAFSA for the current academic year, you may be eligible to file a renewal application for the following year. To file a renewal application, go to and log in with your federal PIN. The renewal application allows you to update only those portions of the FAFSA that may have changed, including your/your parent’s income and assets, tax filing status, etc.

If for any reason you are not able to complete a renewal FAFSA, simply complete a new application to apply for grants, loans and work study.

STEP 2: Check Your Application Status Regularly

Within two to four weeks of submitting your FAFSA to the federal processor, the U.S. Department of Education will send you an electronic or paper Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR contains important information for you to review. Read it carefully and follow-up on any missing or conflicting information.

When we receive your FAFSA record from the federal processor, we will send you an e-mail acknowledgment and direct you to TITAN Online to check your application status. Log into TITAN Online with your Campus Wide ID and PIN and follow the instructions to complete the application process.

STEP 3: Submit Required Documents (if any)

The Office of Financial Aid may request documentation from you and/or your parents to verify income or other application information. Go to TITAN Online to download the required forms. If you have any difficulty downloading or printing the forms, call or visit the office and we will be happy to print them for you.

Follow all instructions provided to ensure the documents you submit are complete and acceptable. Incomplete documents will be returned and your financial aid award delayed.

STEP 4: Your Eligibility is Determined

Once your file is complete and we confirm your eligibility, we will determine your financial aid award “package”. See Awards.

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