If you are applying for federal financial aid, it’s very important that you follow these step-by-step instructions starting the January before the Fall term you plan to attend. Please note these instructions are not relevant for international students.
Submit the FAFSA form no earlier than January, but in time to meet the priority deadline of March 2. Undergraduates: Be certain to include the GPA verification form.
If there are any special family circumstances for us to consider, send a letter of explanation and documentation to the Office of Student Financial Services.
If you have not submitted the FAFSA, do so now online. Recommended mailing deadline is February 15. The FAFSA must be received at the federal processor by March 2 to be considered for all types of campus-based funds.
Cal Grant recipients: By February 25, submit the following to the Registrar’s Office:
— your Cal Grant GPA verification form if you’re an undergraduate student
— your test scores if you’re a graduate student
You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the federal processor four to six weeks after submitting the FAFSA. Check the SAR carefully.
California residents—new applicants only: Meet the March 2 FAFSA postmark deadline for the Cal Grant and graduate fellowships.
Complete your financial aid file by submitting all requested documents.
Notify the Office of Student Financial Services of any external scholarships you have been awarded. This information is important for finalizing your financial aid package.
If you haven’t done so already, complete your financial aid file by submitting all requested documents.
Watch for your official Award Letter from La Sierra if your FAFSA is on file, your financial aid file is complete, and you’ve been admitted.
Register online for your Fall classes.
Make financial payment or arrangements.
Clear your finances after registration and complete the tuition payment plan form. To avoid deletion of your classes, you must make your payment arrangements before September 15.
If awarded Federal Work Study (FWS), obtain the FWS Authorization Form from the Office of Human Resources and begin looking for a work study job.