There are six basic steps in the process to apply for financial aid, beginning with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
Step 1: Complete the FAFSA.

The CSUMB Federal School Code is: 032603
The FAFSA is the core financial aid application used nationwide and must be completed in order for a student to be considered for most types of financial aid. The FAFSA must be completed each year, and can be submitted online. Income figures may be estimated; do NOT wait until a tax return is filed. Please review our FAFSA Tips section before completing your FAFSA. The Financial Aid Office strongly encourages you to use the IRS Data Retreival Tool to complete the Student & Parent Income information on your FAFSA. For more info on how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool please visit- How to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

Step 2: Submit the FAFSA between January 1 and March 2.

Students who file during this time period and who demonstrate the highest need will be given priority consideration for financial aid funding. Those students who submit their applications after March 2 will not be given priority consideration; awards will be based on the remaining funds available.
California residents applying for a Cal Grant must submit a GPA Verification Form as well as the FAFSA by the March 2 deadline. GPA Verification Forms are available from the student's high school counselor or online at the California Student Aid Commision’s website.

Step 3: Make any necessary corrections to the Student Aid Report (SAR).

Once you have filed your FAFSA, your information will be processed by Federal Student Aid, and a Student Aid Report (SAR) will be generated – typically within one week of your online FAFSA having been submitted. The SAR is a summary of the information you entered on the FAFSA; be sure to review the SAR for any errors. You can make any necessary corrections online via the FAFSA website. If no corrections are needed, keep a printed copy of your SAR for reference.

Step 4: Submit any additional documentation requested.

Approximately two (2) weeks after processing your FAFSA, the Department of Education will electronically transmit the information to CSUMB. We will then review the data to determine if any additional documents (i.e., tax returns, citizenship documentation, etc.) are needed. This review is undertaken to ensure the accuracy of the information reported.
Please do NOT send information or documents that are not requested.

If additional documents are requested, you may submit them:

  • In person to the Financial Aid Office (3rd Floor, Student Services Building).
  • In person to the Campus Service Center (1st Floor, Student Services Building).

  By mail to:
  Financial Aid Office
  100 Campus Center
  Seaside, Ca. 93955

After you have submitted any requested additional documentation, your information will be reviewed for accuracy and completeness.

Step 5: Review your Financial Aid Award Notice

Once the Financial Aid Office has completed the review of information and any requested documents, an award notification will be prepared. Award notifications are only prepared for two populations of students: 

  • Admitted Students, who receive a paper award notification and email. Notifications are sent out beginning in mid-April.
  • Continuing (Currently Enrolled) Students, who receive an electronic notification via CSUMB email.
Step 6: Accept/Decline your awards.

All financial aid awards are accepted online at MyCSUMB. Be sure to review your Financial Aid Award Notice as well as the steps to access your account on MyCSUMB. To receive your funds, you must accept your award(s), complete required steps for Direct Stafford Loans (if applicable), maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, and for most programs, be enrolled at least half-time.

To ensure receipt of all funds offered, please read and respond promptly to the financial aid award notification.  Check your status!  Information about your application status, eligibility, and awards can be accessed at any time through MyCSUMB.