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After You Apply

Approximately two weeks after processing your application, the appropriate agency (U.S. Department of Education or California Student Aid Commission) will electronically transmit the information to CSULB. The information below details the next steps in the process.

Timeline – After You Apply

  • 1 – 2 weeks after you complete your financial aid application, you’ll receive your SAR.
  • 1st Week of April: Email notifications will begin to be sent to Newly Admitted students (FAFSA filers) with instructions on viewing their Award Offer.
  • 2nd Week of April: Email notifications will begin to be sent to Newly Admitted students (Dream Act Filers) with instructions on viewing their Award Offer.
  • 1st Week of April: Requests for additional documentation will begin to be sent via email.
  • 3rd Week of June:Email notifications will begin to be sent to current/continuing CSULB students with instructions on viewing their Award Offer (all documents must have been submitted / file reviewed in order to receive an Award Offer).

Student Aid Report (SAR)

You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) after your application has been processed. The SAR is a summary of the information you entered on your financial aid application (FAFSA or Dream Act Application). You should review this document for accuracy and follow any instructions provided. Be sure to print a copy for your records.

  • FAFSA Filers: Details for accessing, as well as when to expect, your SAR are located on the Federal Student Aid website.
  • Dream Act Filers: Details for accessing your SAR are located on CSAC’s website

Corrections to Your SAR

If you find an error in the information you submitted, or you need to update your estimated income information with actual figures, you may do so by accessing your application online. Keep in mind, if you are classified as a “Dependent” student (parent information is required), both you AND your parent(s) will need to electronically sign the correction.

  • FAFSA Filers: Details on submitting corrections to your SAR are located on the Federal Student Aid website.
  • Dream Act Filers: Details on submitting corrections to your SAR are located on CSAC’s website

Requests for Additional Documents (Verification)

Additional documents may be required before an official aid offer can be issued. This process is referred to as verification, and is done to ensure the accuracy of the information you submitted on your financial aid application. This can be a very easy process – as long as you provide / submit copies of the requested documents – as soon as they are requested.

Notifications of required documents are sent to students via email, beginning in early April. Be sure to keep your email address updated.

Some examples of information we may need to verify include:

  • Income Information
  • Household information
  • Selective Service Compliance (for males)
  • Independent Status
  • Citizenship Status (for FAFSA Filers)

Award Offer

You will receive a financial aid award offer after your file has been completed and reviewed. The offer states the types and amounts of aid for which you qualify, and the semester for which the aid can be used.

CSULB will also provide a “Preliminary”(estimated) award offer for newly admitted students (FAFSA Filers) who are required to submit additional documents. The preliminary offer can be used for planning purposes – as it provides information about the types of awards you may be eligible for once all documents have been received and your file reviewed.

For more information about the award offer, review the Award Offer page.