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What you need to know about the financial aid process 

Learn about federal student aid programs and what's available to you. You can use the website to increase your knowledge of the financial aid process; become familiar with the various types of federal student aid that are available; and investigate other sources of aid, such as grants and scholarships. You can also find out about our programs in detail from one of our publications, Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid. The guide tells you almost everything you need to know about federal student aid, as well as other means of paying for your education after high school. Take what we say to heart... and then take it to the next step.

The FSA ID is a username and password combination serves as a student's or parent's identifier to allow access to personal information in various U.S. Department of Education systems. Usernames and passwords can be used to apply for aid on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), make corrections to your application information, and more - and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can create one when logging into Filling Out the FAFSA.


To begin your financial aid application begin here.


CA DREAM Act Application

For assistance with completing your FAFSA or CA DREAM Act Application, please see our financial workshop dates/times.

When to file the FAFSA or CA DREAM Act Application

File each year as soon as possible after October 1st for the upcoming academic year. If you have not completed your tax return, you may estimate on the FAFSA or CADAA and make corrections later

The FAFSA and CADAA website has many resources to help you file the form correctly. Using the online application is significantly faster and more accurate than using the paper application

When you're ready to file the FAFSA use the online version, which streamlines the application process considerably. Remember, it's a good idea to apply. You may be surprised by the amount of aid for which you qualify.

**CSUSB's School Code is 001142. Enter this number on the FAFSA or CADAA where indicated on the application.