Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid and Scholarships

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid is a very important process. Our goal is to assist you with our financial aid programs, including our delivery process, because the consequences of not knowing what is important can have unintended results.

All applicants are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid at the time they apply for admission to an academic degree program or as early as January 1st of each year.

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will contact all students to set a financial aid appointment upon successful acceptance to the university. We encourage all applicants to complete the checklist below prior to the scheduled appointment to avoid delays in processing.


  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)—to be completed online via be advised this is a FREE application. You should NOT PAY to have your FAFSA completed.

The FSA ID, which consists of a user-created username and password, replaced the PIN effective May, 2015. It allows users to electronically access personal information on Federal Student Aid Web sites as well as electronically sign a FAFSA.

    • Have your prior year income information (completed tax forms or W2s) available for the income section of the application.
    • Add CDU’s school code 013653 in order for your application to be sent to Charles Drew University.
  • Complete Entrance Counseling online— Students who plan to utilize federal student loans to cover educational fees must complete this requirement. This helps you to understand your responsibilities regarding your loan. This may be completed via
  • Complete Master Promissory Note online— Students who plan to utilize federal student loans to cover educational fees must complete this requirement. This is a legal document in which you promise to repay your loan(s) and any accrued interest and fees to the Department of Education. It also explains the terms and conditions of your loan(s). You will also complete this via
  • Citizenship or Permanent Residency Documents—if you have obtained your citizenship or residency recently, you may be asked to provide a copy of your U.S Passport, Naturalization Certificate, or green card to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Selective Service Letter—MALES ONLY. You must obtain a status information letter from if you did not register for Selective Service prior to your 26th birthday.
  • Financial Aid Appointment—Students who are successfully accepted to CDU will be contacted via email. An one-on-one appointment with the Financial Aid department is available by request.

Once all forms are received and no pending documents are required, you will be eligible for consideration of federal aid programs at CDU. If you are determined to be eligible, the next step will be to provide you with an AWARD LETTER via email.

Submitted award Letters must be wet-signed. Faxed/scanned signed award letters will not be accepted for processing.

Financial Aid Eligibility Criteria

  • Have a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate, or by completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible degree or certificate program
  • Be registered with Selective Service—MALES ONLY
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe a refund on a federal grant
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in college or career school
  • Have a GREEN CARD