Apply for Aid

Get organized!

STEP ONE: PREPARE

Learn about federal student aid programs and what's available to you. You can use FAFSA4caster to increase your knowledge of the financial aid process; become familiar with the various types of federal student aid that are available; and investigate other sources of aid, such as grants and scholarships.


STEP TWO: APPLY

This step is where many deserving students falter, either because they assume they won't qualify or because the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may seem complex and difficult to complete. You should file each year as soon as possible after January 1 for the upcoming academic year. If you are a new students applying for aid, you should also apply early for admission to Cal State San Bernardino. Do not wait for acceptance before applying for financial aid. If you have not completed your tax return, you may estimate on the FAFSA and make corrections later. CSUSB's School Code is 00114200.


STEP THREE: RECEIVE

FAFSA will inform you and CSUSB about your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Then CSUSB will tell you how much - and what sorts of - aid you qualify for. Federal student aid may not cover all college expenses.


STEP FOUR: REPAY

If your aid is in the form of loans, you must repay these loans and become familiar with the repayment process. Student loans, unlike grants and work-study, are borrowed money that must be repaid, with interest, just like car loans and mortgages.