Eligibility Requirements

There are two main application options that we encourage undergraduate students to complete. Depending on your eligibility, see below, you should complete either one of these application options: 1. A FAFSA and a Cal Grant GPA Verification form; or, 2. A California Dream Act Application and a Cal Grant GPA Verification form.

 Fin Aid Applications and Associated Aid

This is a diagram which shows the types of aid you may qualify for based on the application(s) submitted. Make sure you identify which applications you qualify for based on the criteria detailed below.

FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)

In order to file a FAFSA application Opens in new window , you must:

CA DREAM ACT (CDA) APPLICATION

In order to file a CA Dream Act Application Opens in new window , you:

  • Must be an AB540 student
    • CA High School graduate or equivalent
    • Attended CA High School for minimum of 3 years
      • If attended less than 3 years, MUST have earned 3 years worth of credit AND
      • Attended a CA elementary and secondary school for a total of 3 years
    • Enrolled at a public CA college
    • File an affidavit with college certifying that they have or will file to legalize immigration status, if student does not currently have lawful immigration status (At CSUF this is done with Admissions and Records Opens in new window by submitting the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request form PDF File Opens in new window ).
  • Do not have a valid SSN or have a temporary SSN issued through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Opens in new window
  • Be registered with Selective Service Opens in new window , if you are male between ages 18-26

CAL GRANT

In order to be considered for a Cal Grant award Opens in new window , you:

SEE THE LINKS TO THE RIGHT FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESSES.