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.
- 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.