How to Apply for Financial Aid: Undergraduate Applicants

Welcome!

We know that there is a lot to learn and understand about financial aid for college, and our office is here to help you through the process. The links here and to the left will help you understand what to send in, where and how to send it, and when to do it.

It might be helpful to start with some of the most common questions we hear:

 

Okay, let's get started with your financial aid application!

Downloadable version of the below flow chart with clickable links

A flow chart outlining the different types of financial aid and the processes to apply.

What Are the Required Applications If I Want to be Considered for All Types of Aid?

If you want to be considered for all types of aid, you should complete and submit both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), also available in a Spanish-language version, and the CSS Profile. Both of these forms are available after October 1 each year. See the priority and final deadline dates in the table below to make sure you are getting all your materials in on time.

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For help completing the FAFSA, consider reviewing this tutorial video created by the University of California, Santa Barbara.

 

Financial Aid Application Priority Dates and Deadlines

Student Type Priority Application Date* Final Application Deadline Date**
First Year Undergraduate Early Decision Fall 2023 November 15, 2022 March 1, 2023
Early Action Fall 2023 December 1, 2022 March 1, 2023
Regular Decision Fall 2023 February 1, 2023 March 1, 2023
Transfer Undergraduate Fall 2023   April 1, 2023
Spring 2024   November 1, 2023
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) Fall 2023   May 15, 2023
Spring 2024   November 1, 2023
Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management (BPHM) Fall 2023   May 15, 2023

* Completing and submitting all required applications and additionally-requested documents by the priority date increases the likelihood that you'll receive your preliminary financial aid award much sooner than if you wait until March 1st. The priority filing date only applies to first-year undergraduate applicants.

** If you are an eligible applicant for financial aid and submit your FAFSA and Profile by the deadline for your cohort, listed above, we will meet all of your demonstrated need, even if your other application materials arrive after the deadline.  If you submit your FAFSA and/or Profile after your deadline, you may still receive some grants.  In recent years, we have been able to give grants to late applicants, but we can't always promise to be able to do so.