How to Apply for Financial Aid

Application Timeline

Apply for FAFSA or California Dream Act! The application process begins every year on October 1.

(For example, FAFSA/Dream Act applications opened on October 1, 2020, for the Fall 2021- Spring 2022 academic year)

The priority filing date is March 2.

Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application by the priority filing date (March 2). Applications can be submitted after the priority filling date; however, funding may be limited. 

Applications require prior year tax information.

  • Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 applications require 2018 taxes. 
  • Fall 2021 - Spring 2022 applications require 2019 taxes. 
  • When completing the FAFSA, use your legal name as it appears on your Social Security card.



Additional Information

View the following links for additional information about financial aid: