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After You Apply - Prospective Graduate Students

Your financial aid application information will be sent to the CSULB Financial Aid Office electronically within 5 – 7 business days of when you complete it. Your application will be processed by CSULB if:

  • You listed CSULB school code 001139 on your application for financial aid.
  • For FAFSA Applicants, you provided your correct Social Security Number on your application for admission and your FAFSA.
  • For DREAM Applicants, the name (last, first and middle) and date of birth on your application for admission matches the name and date of birth on your Dream Act application.


Email Notifications

Check the settings on your email to be sure messages from the following CSULB and Financial Aid addresses are not blocked:

Review Your 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 Applicants: Details for accessing, as well as when to expect, your SAR are located on the Federal Student Aid website.

Dream Act Applicants: Details for accessing your SAR are located on CSAC’s website

Corrections to Your SAR

If, after reviewing your SAR, you find an error in the information you submitted, you may do so by accessing your application online.

Requests for Additional Documents

You may be required to submit additional forms or other documentation to complete your financial​ aid application. Don’t assume a request for additional information means that you did something wrong.  CSULB is just trying to confirm your eligibility for financial aid. 

To avoid delays check your Application Status and email every week.

Financial Aid Notification

Award Offers are only made once you have been admitted to CSULB and your specific Graduate Program.

Once admitted, your application will be reviewed by Financial Aid.  If there are no outstanding documents needed, a Financial Aid Notification will be made available to you on MyCSULB.   We typically start releasing financial aid notifications in mid-April for Fall admits, and in October for Spring admits.

Remember - we may request additional information from you before we can finalize your offer. Be sure to check your email!

Changes in Income or Circumstances

We understand that there may be circumstances that affect your ability to pay for college, which may not be apparent, based on the information collected on your application for aid. Perhaps your income has changed, or a large unforeseen medical expense has impacted your finances since the application was filed.

Once you have been admitted, our counselors can help with an appeal process that will allow us to evaluate the impact of your special circumstances on your ability to pay for college.

DEADLINE: Three weeks before the end of the academic year. Some funding may be limited so try to submit your appeal as early as possible.

EVALUATION PROCESS: Appeals are typically reviewed in 10-15 business days. During busy processing times (such as the summer), it may take longer for your appeal to be evaluated. Once the review is completed, if your appeal is approved you will receive a revised notification of eligibility on MyCSULB reflecting the changes made to the award. If your appeal is denied, you will receive an email to notify you of the reason(s) for the denial.

Below are some of the most common reasons for an appeal:

  • Significant Change in Income or Resources
  • Death of a Spouse
  • Dependent Care Expenses