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How To Apply for Aid - Prospective Graduates

Which application do I file?

FAFSA verus Dream Application
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 your financial aid application  between October 1 and March 2 for the following academic year. Be sure to file before the priority filing deadline of 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.

What application do I file if I'm applying to the EdD or DPT programs?

Both the EdD and the DPT Program begin enrollment with the Summer term, which is considered to be part of the previous academic year. Financial aid is available for the Summer – but requires completion of a separate process – which includes completing a separate FAFSA application (for the prior academic year).

Students applying for admission to the EdD or DPT program beginning with Summer 2020 must complete the two separate applications, in order to be considered for financial aid for the Summer 2020 semester:

  •      2019 – 2020 FAFSA or CA Dream application (For Summer 2020)
  •      2020 – 2021 FAFSA or CA Dream application (For Fall 2020 & Spring 2021)

Review the Information Guide for your program, which details the process, and required applications, for students applying to the EdD or DPT Programs.