How to Apply for Aid
Which application do I file?
|Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
|California Dream Act Application (CADAA)
|Submit a FAFSA
CSULB School Code 001139
|Submit a California Dream Act application (CADAA)
|Eligible to receive funding from federal, state, and institutional aid programs
|Eligible to receive funding from CA State and CA institutional aid programs
Submit or renew your financial aid application between October 1 and March 2 for the following academic year. Be sure to file before the priority filing deadline (March 2) in order to be considered for the maximum types of aid. Applications submitted after March 2 will not be eligible for CA State or CSULB Institutional Grants.
Your financial aid application is used to determine your eligibility for all types of aid, and some scholarship providers may use your application information to determine whether you qualify for their awards. You must reapply for financial aid (including loans, grants, and Federal Work-Study) each year.
Frequently Asked Questions
In situations such as the ones below, you may be able to submit your application without parent information despite being considered a dependent student:
- Your parents are incarcerated.
- You have left home due to an abusive family environment.
- You do not know where your parents are and are unable to contact them (and you have not been adopted).
- You are older than 21 but not yet 24, are unaccompanied, and are either homeless or self-supporting and at risk of being homeless.
The online application will ask you whether you are able to provide information about your parents. If you are not, you will have the option to indicate that you have special circumstances that make you unable to get your parents’ information. You will then be able to submit your application without entering data about your parents.
Once you’ve submitted your application, you will need to reach out to our office to discuss your options. Be sure to gather as much information and supporting documentation about your situation as you can (legal documents; letters from a school counselor, a social worker, or clergy member; any other relevant information that helps document your special circumstance).
In order to be considered for a Cal Grant, you must have your GPA verified by the appropriate college or high school office. The following table shows which school should complete your GPA verification based on your current status.
CSULB Current Student Status
GPA Verified by
First-Year Transfer Student
Your former college
Fewer than 24 total college units (cumulative) earned as of March 1
Your former high school
At least 24 total college units completed and at least one unit earned at CSULB as of March 1
(electronic submission to CSAC)
At least 24 total college units earned with no units earned at CSULB as of March 1
Your former college
Paper GPA Verification Form required
Be sure you contact the appropriate school to have your GPA Verification sent to CSAC by the March 2 deadline. More information is available on the CSAC Cal Grant page.
Students who do not currently have a Cal Grant may be required to submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification to CSAC by the March 2 priority filing date.