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California State University, Long Beach

How to Apply for Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid, students must complete ONE of two financial aid applications. Either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), OR the California Dream Act Application.

FAFSA:

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application that most students need to complete. To be eligible to file the FAFSA, you must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident OR
  • Be classified as a “Eligible Non-Citizen

To begin your application, go to www.fafsa.gov

FAFSA VIDEO TUTORIAL

To assist with filling out the FAFSA view the  “7 easy steps to the FAFSA” video, provided courtesy of UC Santa Barbara.

PLEASE NOTE: Students who received a Social Security Number through the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrival (DACA), and who qualify for AB540, should complete the California Dream Act Application in order to be considered for state financial aid, as they are NOT Eligible for Federal Student Aid.

California Dream Act Application:

The California Dream Act Application is the application for students who are not eligible to file the FAFSA, but who meet certain California residency requirements.  To be eligible to file the California Dream Act Application, students must:

  • NOT be eligible to file the FAFSA
  • Be a California Resident
  • Be eligible for AB540 status

For more information about the California Dream Act, visit our Dream Act page.

DREAM ACT VIDEO TUTORIAL: Be sure to watch the tutorial guide of the Dream Act Application, provided courtesy of UC Santa Barbara.

For complete details on filling out the Dream Act Application, be sure to review the application instructions provided courtesy of the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).

To begin your application, go to https://dream.csac.ca.gov/

Before You Begin the Application:

You should have the following information and documents with you as you fill out your application (FAFSA or Dream Application):

  • Your Social Security Number (if you have one)
  • Your parent’s Social Security Numbers (if they have one) – if parent information is required on the application.
  • Your Driver’s License number if you have one
  • Your Alien Registration Number if you have one
  • Federal Tax information or tax returns – including IRS W-2 information for you you’re your spouse if married), and for your parents if parent information is required on the application.
    • If you have not yet filed an income tax return, complete and submit the application using estimated tax information
  • Records of your untaxed income, such as child support received, interest income, and veterans non-education benefits for you and for your parents if parent information is required on the application.
  • Information on cash, savings, and checking account balances; investments – including real estate (not including the home in which you live); and business and farm assets for you, and for your parents if parent information is required on the application.

Application Tips:

Here are a few key things to remember when applying:

  • Only ONE application is required (FAFSA or Dream Application)
  • Remember to list CSU Long Beach school code 001139
  • Complete a new application EACH academic year
  • Complete the application between JANUARY 1 and MARCH 2 – the Priority Filing Deadline for CSU Long Beach.  If you miss this deadline, you may miss out on free money!