FAFSA Introduction and Resources

Federal Aid Eligibility Requirements

Students may be eligible for financial aid if they:

  • Are a U.S. citizen or an eligible permanent resident.
  • Are officially accepted into a diploma program.
  • Are making satisfactory academic progress toward diploma requirements (Withdrawal from class may affect your eligibility).
  • Are not in default on any previous student loans.
  • Are in compliance with Selective Service requirements.
  • Be evaluated to have financial need. Need is defined as the cost of education (tuition, fees, books, etc.) minus the expected student and/or family contribution.
  • Not owe a refund for any Title IV aid received.
  • Not be convicted of any offense involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance while receiving federal aid.

Applying for Federal Aid

Prospective students can apply for Federal Aid online by going to www.fafsa.ed.gov. Additional information about applying can be found in the “Helpful Links” section under “Information for Filling Out the FAFSA”.

Additionally, the University of California created a tutorial to help students fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Click HERE to view it.

Getting a Personal Identification Number (PIN)

Prior to completing a FAFSA online, we recommend that you obtain a PIN# if you haven’t already done so. A PIN# is YOUR electronic signature and is good for the next 10 years. Each person who would normally sign the FAFSA will need a PIN# which can be obtained by going to: www.pin.ed.gov. A PIN# can be obtained at anytime and takes only minutes to complete the process.

Click Here for the step-by-step FAFSA walk-through