Applying for Financial Aid

Paying for College

Financial aid is applied for via an online process.  March 2nd is the priority deadline for FAFSA and most Federal, State, and Institutional aid.  Some colleges and universities may have an earlier deadline.  High school counselors and/or CEP contacts can provide further information about financial aid and deadlines.

FAFSA Application Portal

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a FREE online application and there are several programs, agencies and events that are designed to help students and parents complete the application.  Almost all colleges and universities use the FAFSA to determine a student’s financial aid eligibility and awards. 

Federal Student Aid PIN

This website provides the portal to obtain a Federal Student Aid PIN necessary for applying for aid through FAFSA.

For students: Your PIN can be used each year to electronically apply for federal student aid and to access your Federal Student Aid records online.  If you receive a PIN, you agree not to share it with anyone.  Your PIN serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your personal records, so you should never give your PIN to anyone, including commercial services that offer to help you complete your FAFSA. Be sure to keep your PIN in a safe place.


The California Dream Act

The California Dream Act enables undocumented students to apply for and receive state-based financial aid and institutional scholarships.  This website provides California Dream Act information, resources and the application portal for students, families and high school counselors.  A downloadable application is also available.