How to Apply for Financial Aid

Financial Aid and Scholarships

How to Apply for Financial Aid


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Please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at

Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and quick, and it gives you access to the financial aid resources to pay for college (Federal Student Aid). In addition, your FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for California State and CDU Institutional Aid, to determine whether you qualify for their awards.

FSA ID is required for FAFSA applicants, a username and password combination that allows you to sign your FAFSA electronically. If you are a dependent student you should also have your parent request an FSA ID.

After the completing the FAFSA

After completing the FAFSA, your FAFSA has to be processed, and then you will receive an Expected Family Contribution (EFC), used by CDU to determine how much aid you can get.

Discover what happens after you fill out the FAFSA, how to review/correct your Student Aid Report.
Your financial aid application information is typically received by the CDU financial aid office electronically within 3 – 5 business days of when you complete it.

Additional Document(s) Request

You may be required to submit additional forms or other documentation to complete your financial? aid application.

Financial Aid Award Notification

Financial Aid Award Letters are only made once you have been admitted to CDU.
Once admitted, your financial aid application will be reviewed by financial aid staff and a Financial Aid Notification or Estimated Financial Aid Award Letter will be emailed to you.

Submitted Financial Aid Award Letters must be wet-signed. Faxed/scanned signed award letters will not be accepted for processing.
The CDU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships may request additional information before finalizing your Financial Aid Award Letter. Please check your email regularly!

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