How Are Awards Made?
Priority for financial aid funding is given to students who demonstrate
the highest need. If your application was filed by March 2nd, it
will be considered first priority and aid will be awarded in order
of financial need.
If your application was filed after March 2nd, it will be considered
second priority and aid will be awarded according to need, based
on the remaining funds that are available.
Can I Get An Estimate?
Cost of Education - Student/Parent Contribution = Financial
Are you eligible to receive financial aid? Use the Preliminary
Aid Information System (PAIS) to estimate your student financial
aid eligibility. PAIS is designed for high school and college students
(freshman through senior) to estimate financial aid eligibility
information. The system is available at the PAIS
Web Site. It's free and available online.
The simplest definition of financial need is the difference between
the cost of education and the student/parent contribution. The student/parent
contribution is based upon an analysis of the family resources (using
a formula mandated by federal regulations).
Preliminary Aid Information System (PAIS)
The use of PAIS does not constitute an actual application for financial
aid. To receive financial aid from a California State University
campus, the student must complete the Free Application for federal
Student Aid (FAFSA). PAIS is designed to assist students and parents
to estimate student financial aid eligibility. Click the above PAIS
logo to determine your eligibility.
Eligibility for financial aid is the amount that remains after
the student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is subtracted from
the cost of education. The cost of education is the amount the University
estimates the student will spend to attend college for the academic
year. The cost of education includes the basic State University
Fee, various campus-based fees, room and board, books, supplies,
transportation and miscellaneous personal expenses.