Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Application

If you need financial aid to help pay for college, you must complete one of the following Financial Aid applications:

  • If you (the student) are a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, you should file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • If you are not a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident but qualify for a nonresident tuition waiver under AB-540, you should file a California Dream Act Application
Enrollment Term Priority Submission Deadline
Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 3/2/21
Spring 2022 New Student 10/1/21

Financial Aid Documents

Every year, a percentage of students are selected for a process called Verification. These students are required to submit additional documents to our office. If you are selected, a communication will be sent to your GET account. Submitting all requested documents to our office by the priority document deadline will ensure that your file is evaluated in time for you to receive financial aid. Failure to meet this deadline can impact your Financial Aid Award.  

Once you submit all requested documents, your documents will be reviewed for accuracy and will be processed by our staff. Typically, this process can take 2-4 weeks, but may take longer during our peak processing time. We encourage you to access your GET account regularly to verify if your documents were received and if additional information is required from you before your award can be determined. Visit our Forms page for a list of Financial Aid forms. 

Enrollment Term Priority Document Deadline
Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 5/3/21
Spring 2022 New Student 11/5/21


Residency Status for Financial Aid Purposes

Some students who are not classified as California residents for tuition purposes may qualify for the AB-540 non-resident tuition exemption. Interested eligible students should submit the AB-540 Affidavit (with supporting documents) to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Please electronically upload the completed AB-540 packet via the Admissions Uploading Documents Website. To allow ample time for processing, submit your forms by the Financial Aid Residency Document Deadlines stated below. Late submission will impact your financial aid eligibility and award for the indicated academic term/year.

Enrollment Term Residency Document Submission Deadline for Financial Aid purposes
Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 4/1/21
Spring 2022 New Student 10/1/21


General Scholarship Application

Cal State LA has over 400 scholarship opportunities to support your educational goals. You are eligible to apply if you are currently enrolled at Cal State LA and will continue to be enrolled, in a degree, credential, or certificate program in the 2021-2022 academic year. The General Scholarship Application will open on March 1, 2021. Most scholarships require a letter of recommendation. The letter is not required in order to complete your application. If you do not submit a letter of recommendation you will still be considered for scholarships but you will be considered for more scholarship opportunities with a letter of recommendation on file.

Scholarship Deadline
General Scholarship Application 4/12/2021 @ 5pm
Letter of Recommendation 4/12/2021 @ 5pm