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How To Apply

Over $150 million in financial aid was awarded to CSUSM students last year! 

To be considered for financial aid, submit or renew your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or CADA (CA Dream Act Application) between October 1 and March 2 for the following academic year.

Start Your FAFSA Start Your CADA

Applications received after March 2nd are awarded on a funds-available basis. In order to meet the March 2nd deadline, you may report estimated tax information if you have not yet filed your tax return. 


How to create a FSA ID:

  1. Enter your e-mail address
  2. Create a username
  3. Create a password
  4. Confirm you are 13 years of age or older
  5. Enter your Social Security number
  6. Enter your date of birth
  7. Enter your name
  8. Enter your Federal Student Aid PIN if you have one
    If you don't have a PIN, Question 8 will not appear
  9. Enter your mailing address
  10. Enter your phone number
  11. Enter an alternate phone number
  12. Choose your language preference
  13. Set up 5 challenge questions
  14. Read and accept the terms
  15. Verify your email address

Create an FSA ID