Financial Assistance

Do you need help financing your education? The decisions you make now, such as negotiating student loan borrowing amounts, can impact you for many years following graduation. Financial trouble may have a negative impact on academic performance and can lead to withdrawal, and loan default. It is very important to manage your finances early by understanding the importance of developing and maintaining a budget, prioritizing wants and needs, and preparing for the repayment process.

There are several financial aid opportunities available to students who wish to complete their degree or an approved Certificate Program at Cal State LA Downtown. Please note that Cal State LA's College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE) administers all programs at Cal State LA Downtown.

Students are encouraged to apply for federal aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.

View/download the Roadmap for Financial Aid brochure here.

To be eligible for Financial Aid, students must:

  • Have a completed FAFSA application (Free Application for Student Aid) on file with the Center for Student Financial Aid. California State University, Los Angeles school code (001140).
  • Be a “matriculated” Cal State LA-PAGE/DTLA student admitted into a Degree-granting or approved Certificate program. Matriculated students include those who have been formally admitted to Cal State LA and enrolled while pursuing an authorized degree, credential, or certificate.
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units (1/2 time enrollment).
  • Meet all requirements of the SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) policy.

2024-2025 FAFSA Application (coming in December 2023)
(California State University, Los Angeles school code: 001140)
FAFSA Checklist and Information (also see Resources below)
Priority Deadline: March 2, 2024
FAFSA 2024-2025 Academic Year: Application opens December 2023

To apply for financial aid follow the steps in the Financial Aid Roadmap.

Current Scholarship Opportunities:

FAFSA Contact Information:

Web: FAFSA Website

Phone: 1-800-433-3243

E-mail: Contact Help Center

FAFSA Information on social media:




Federal financial aid is currently not available for the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program and the Project Management Certificate Program.

Cal State LA Downtown provides the following information but does not endorse nor have any affiliation with the lenders listed below. PaGE works with all private loan lenders and students are not required to select a lender from this list. The lenders listed below are provided as a guide when considering private loan programs. To apply, please contact the lender(s) directly and/or visit their website for further assistance.

The following lenders offer private loans that may provide financial assistance:

- After you select "APPLY FOR A LOAN," follow the prompts, and "CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY - LOS ANGELES - CONT ED, LOS ANGELES, CA, 00114098" will autofill.
- The university use code is 001140-98.
Student Loans (Undergraduate/Graduate) - AltaOne
Student Loans (Undergraduate/Graduate) - California Coast Credit Union
Student Loans (Undergraduate/Graduate) - Safe Credit Union
If you have any questions, please contact Tom Lau, Financial Aid Advisor