Apply for Grants, Loans, and Work-Study

The first and most important step to applying for Financial Aid is to complete a FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  A FAFSA must be filed every year for the following academic year.  Federal Student Aid comes in the form of federal grants and loans.

CSUSM's Title IV Code is 030113
The FAFSA is also the basis for many state grants and need-based scholarships awarded to CSUSM students

The information you provide on the FAFSA determines your EFC, "Expected Family Contribution".  Your "Expected Family Contribution" is the dollar amount you or your parents are expected to contribute to the cost of your secondary education (Cost of Attendance).

Federal loans and grants may pay all or a portion of your cost of attendance.   

A grant is FREE money you do not have to pay back! 

Federal loans are offered to students who qualify for grants and those who don't.  A credit check is not required, interest rates are low and payments are not due until after a student graduates or stops attending the University. So Think "Federal Aid First"!  

To guarantee you receive Federal Financial Aid First, complete your FAFSA early.   Those who file a FAFSA during the priority filing period January 1 - March 2 receive priority consideration for federal grants and loans and are processed first by CSUSM. 

If you have not applied or been accepted to CSUSM, you still need to file your FAFSA during the priority period every year.

How To Apply

January 1 - March 2

Cal Grant Applicants
must complete a GPA Verification Form

All Applicants
Complete the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA) 

Priority Filing Period:
January 1 - March 2