Step 1: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Before you file a paper FAFSA, be advised that the recommended method of application to file a FAFSA is electronically.  To file electronically, go to FAFSA on the Web.

Paper FAFSA's are available in high school guidance offices, local libraries and/or financial aid offices of all local community colleges and universities. You can visit one of these locations in person to access a paper FAFSA. At this time, Cal State LA does not mail paper FAFSA's. 

  • High School Students:  California High Schools should submit a complete GPA file to CSAC for all graduating seniors by March 2nd.  Check with your High School for details and to ensure that this process is completed.
  • Cal State LA Transfer Students: Incoming California residents and AB540 students can apply for Cal Grant A or B by completing a GPA Verification Form. The GPA Verification Form must be submitted directly to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).
  • Cal State LA students:  Those who are currently enrolled but do not have a Cal Grant but are interested in applying must submit a FAFSA or CADAA.  They do not need to submit a GPA verification form as the information will be submitted electronically by the Registrar’s Office. 


Step 2: Document Request

AFTER we receive your FAFSA application information from the central processor, the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office may send you a request for additional documents.

  • Update your address with the University to ensure that you will receive important mailings.

Step 3: Document Submission

You should promptly submit all documents requested by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. 

Important Tips:

  • All documents must be complete, legible, and accurate, with appropriate signatures, if needed.
  • List clearly your name, CIN#, and social security number (if applicable) on each form.
  • Keep a copy of all documents submitted, for your records.