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How to Apply - Current Undergraduates

Which application do I file?

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) California Dream Application
  • You (the student) have a valid Social Security Number
  • You (the student) are a U.S. Citizen; Permanent Resident; or eligible non-citizen
  • You (the student) do not meet criteria to file a FAFSA
  • You (the student) meet the conditions of California AB540 status
Submit a 2021-2022 FAFSA Submit a 2021-2022 California Dream application
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

 Getting Started 2021-22

 

For help on submitting a California Dream application, watch these short FATv videos

How do I apply for financial aid under CA dream act

 

The 2021-2022 financial aid applications are now live! 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.

How do my parents sign my application if they don't have Social Security Numbers?

FAFSA Filers

In order to electronically sign your FAFSA, your parent(s) will need a valid Social Security Number in order to apply for an FSA ID. If your parent is not able to apply for an FSA ID, your parent will need to print, sign, and mail in a paper signature page.
 

Dream Application Filers

If parent information was required, navigate to the link on the CA Dream Act website that says “Sign Student Application.”  Your parent must create a Parent PIN and answer the verification questions if they do not already have a CSAC Parent PIN. Your parent will be issued a 4-digit electronic PIN code to sign your application. Keep this code in a safe place, because your parent will need it to re-sign the California Dream Application each time you make a correction to your application or file a new one in a subsequent year.

If your parent does not receive a PIN, your parent must provide a signature page for every correction that is made.

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 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).

Who completes my Cal Grant GPA verification?

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.

Cal Grant GPA Verification

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 1st

Your Former High School

At least 24 total college units completed and at least one unit earned at CSULB as of March 1st

CSULB

(electronic submission to CSAC)

At Least 24 total college units earned with no units earned at CSULB as of March 1st

CSULB

(Paper GPA Verification Form required) (pdf)

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.