The FAFSA is used to apply for need-based aid (grants, loans, work-study) if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.  It allows us to determine if you qualify for aid from the College, federal government and your state.

If the amount you pay for college will be a factor in deciding where you enroll, we recommend that you complete the FAFSA even if you do not think you will qualify, and even if you have not yet been admitted. 

Important: if you will enroll in August 2014, be sure to complete the 2014-2015 FAFSA.

Check out these helpful videos!  

  • New to financial aid? Get a quick overview with this video!
    • downloads as a .wmv file
  • Get a closer look at each section of the FAFSA with this video!
  • (Optional) Review and complete the FAFSA Worksheet 
    • provides questions that may take additional time to “research”
  • This video (courtesy of UC SantaBarbara) looks specifically at the DRT process. 
  • This .pdf takes you through the DRT step-by-step
  • General Notes about the FAFSA:

    1. The web address is www.fafsa.gov.
    2. Our Federal School Code is 001706.
    3. The FAFSA is not required if you are applying only for scholarships.
    4. Complete the application as early as possible (see our priority deadlines on the right), even if you have not completed your tax return and even if you have not yet been admitted.  Applications will be accepted after the priority deadlines, but your aid may be affected.
    5. See “Our Recommendations” for tips and other important details.
    6. In addition to the FAFSA, new students seeking need-based aid are to complete the Financial Aid Questionnaire by January 31.