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After You Apply - Prospective Undergraduate 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:

Complete Steps to Apply for a Cal Grant

California Residents only

First Time Freshman applicants, and Transfer Students Not Currently Receiving A Cal Grant:

Once you have submitted your application, have the school you currently attend or most recently attended submit your certified GPA to the Cal Grant Program.

For the fastest, most secure processing, your school may upload GPA information directly to the California Student Aid Commission's system. If electronic submission is unavailable, request that your school certify a paper Cal Grant GPA Verification form (available at

Transfer Students Who ARE Currently Receiving A Cal Grant:

If you received a Cal Grant at your previous college, in addition to submitting your FAFSA or DREAM Application by March 2, you will need to transfer the grant to CSULB after you are admitted, by posting a school change at WebGrants for Students.

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.

Once admitted, your application will be reviewed by Financial Aid and a Financial Aid Notification or Estimated Financial Aid Notification will be made available to you on MyCSULB. We typically start releasing financial aid notifications in late March for Fall admits, and in October for Spring admits.

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 family’s income has changed, or a large unforeseen medical expense has impacted family 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.

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:

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