How to Apply

  • FA CycleComplete the online FAFSA (fafsa.govOpens in new window ) before March 2nd of each year. CSUF’s school code is 001137.
  • AB 540 students can apply online for the California Dream Act (CDA) Application (caldreamact.orgOpens in new window ) before March 2nd every year.
  • California residents can apply for a Cal Grant by submitting a GPA Verification form to CSAC (csac.ca.govOpens in new window ) by March 2nd each year.
  • FAFSA and CDA Applications may be submitted after March 2nd. Please note that some funding is limited and students who file applications after the March 2nd deadline may not be offered some awards.

Already Applied?

Check out the Next Steps page to learn about the other application steps like:

Do you need to pay for classes?

If your financial aid award is sufficient to cover your tuition and campus fees, you may be eligible to defer payment. Learn more at Student Financial Services.

Remember to reapply for financial aid every year! 

The application process is a cycle that occurs each year, make sure you complete all the steps.

Check out this video to learn how the FAFSA along with other applications provides you with access to grants, loans and work-study jobs that can help fund your education. Visit http://StudentAid.gov/FAFSAOpens in new window to learn more. (Video source, YoutubeOpens in new window Federal Student AidOpens in new window ).