Financial Aid and the Entering Student

Your college education is perhaps the most important investment you will make in your life.  In order to make your college experience more valuable, it is crucial to understand the associated costs of attending a four year university, as well as the financial resources available to help meet those costs.

To be considered for financial aid, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA can be submitted electronically at FAFSA on the Web.  When completing the FAFSA, make sure you have listed Cal State L.A. as one of the schools of your choice.  The Cal State LA Federal School Code is 001140. For "Dreamers", submit your California Dream Application at:

In order to receive the best possible financial aid package for which you are eligible, you are encouraged to apply in your senior year of high school, by the March 2nd priority deadline.  If you are applying for the Cal Grant Program (for California residents only), GPA Verification Forms are also due by March 2. Your California High School should submit your GPA electronically to the California Student Aid Commission.  Check with your high school for more details.

After applying for financial aid through the FAFSA, Cal State L.A. will notify you by email of possible financial resources available to you for the upcoming school year.  As a new incoming freshman, please make sure that the Admissions Office at Cal State L.A. has all of your academic transcripts on file, accurate residency information, and that you are officially admitted to the university.  Taking this precaution will aid in eliminating obstacles that may slow down the financial aid process.

Our office is located in the Student Affairs Building, Room 124.  Please stop by or call us at (323) 343-6260.  We look forward to having you on campus and becoming "a partner in your educational commitment".