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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?
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Cost of Education - Student/Parent Contribution = Financial Need

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)
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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.

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