Which application do I file?
|Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)||California Dream Application|
Submit a 2021-2022 FAFSA
|Eligible to receive funding from federal, state, and institutional aid programs||Eligible to receive funding from CA State and CA institutional aid programs|
For help on submitting a FAFSA, watch these short FATv videos
For help on submitting a California Dream application, watch these short FATv videos
The 2021-2022 financial aid applications are now live! Submit 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.
Students in the Credential Program are considered 5th year undergraduate students for financial aid purposes. Students who already possess an initial Teacher Credential, and are now working on an additional credential, are only eligible for federal loan funds, at the 5th year undergrad level, or for private education loans.
How do I answer questions about what year I am or what degree I am pursuing on my application?
Credential students are considered 5th year undergraduates for financial aid purposes.
To ensure all needed information is provided on the application, and to avoid delays in the processing of your financial aid file, please use the information below to answer questions on your financial aid application:
|What will your college grade level be when you begin the school year?||5th year/other undergraduate|
|What degree or certificate will you be working on when you begin the school year?||Teaching credential (nondegree program)|
|At the beginning of the school year, will you be working on a master's or doctorate program (MA, MBA, MD, JD, PhD, EdD, graduate certificate, etc.)?||No|
How do my parents sign my application if they don't have Social Security Numbers?
What if I am unable to provide my parents' information?
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 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 circumstances.