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Applying for Financial Aid

Cal State East Bay offers students more than $69 million in grants, loans, scholarships and other financial aid each year. To determine if you are eligible to receive financial aid, submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Federal Department of Education. Most students at Cal State East Bay are eligible to apply for financial aid. Many types of aid are available including grants, loans and the federal work study program.

To apply for and to receive financial aid, complete the following steps:

  1. Apply for Admissions
  2. Complete a financial aid application online: Apply online at FAFSA or at Dream Application
  3. Set-up your horizon student email: All formal communications, including reminders, will be sent to your student email.  
  4. Submit all requested financial aid forms: Required documents are listed on your MyCSUEB To Do List.  Forms showing as "Initiated" are forms you are required to submit to the Office of Financial Aid. The status of each required financial aid document will display as "Received" approximately 10-15 days after you submit it. If an item is incomplete, the status will show "Returned" and you must wait for the document to be returned by mail to your home with directions on the missing items.
  5. View your award in MyCSUEB: An award will display on MyCSUEB when your financial aid award is available and you will received a Horizon E-mail. To view the status of your financial aid application, log in to MyCSUEB and select "View Financial Aid" when it becomes available.
  6. Accept your aid in MyCSUEB:  Click on "View Financial Aid" or "Accept/Decline Financial Aid", then click on the appropriate aid year.

Reminder: Financial aid is based on full-time enrollment (12 or more credits). If you plan to be enrolled less than full-time, complete the Office Action Form. Financial Aid funds may be prorated for students who are enrolled for less than full-time. Failure to return this form will delay your disbursement.

Fee Deferments

Fee deferments are issued after all requested documents are submitted to the Office of Financial Aid to prevent enrollment cancellation.  A fee deferral will hold classes and delay payment of registration fees only while the financial aid process is completed.

Note: it is your responsibility to pay your academic costs if you complete your financial aid file after the term has started. A fee deferral will not be issued.

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dream Application after October 1.  Each academic year you will be required to submit a new financial aid application to receive financial aid. 


Priority Deadline - March 2

File no later than March 2 to receive priority consideration. Many of the financial aid types are awarded on a first-come first-served basis, those who apply by the priority deadline receive priority funding. Financial aid applications received after March 2 will still be processed.  Please remember to include Cal State East Bay on your financial aid application, use the school code: 001138

Cal Grant Deadline - March 2

California residents applying for a Cal Grant must also submit a GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission. This form is completed by your school and must be received by the Commission by March 2. Visit the Cal Grant Web site for complete information on how to apply.

After you have submitted all requested documents and your financial aid eligibility is determined, your financial aid is disbursed to your student account in MyCSUEB. Your financial aid is used to pay any outstanding University debt, and the balance of your aid is mailed to your local address on file. If you do not wish to use your financial aid to pay University debt and fees, you must pay these debts yourself and notify the Office of Financial aid before your aid is disbursed and mailed to you. To notify the Office of Financial aid, send an e-mail message from your Horizon student e-mail account and mail to:

When Financial Aid is Delivered

Each term, Cal State East Bay begins disbursing financial aid on a specific date. After this date, Student Financial Services (Accounting) conducts three disbursements each week. Before your aid is disbursed, you must submit all requested documents, accept your aid (via MyCSUEB) and enroll in the required number of units. You must also allow time for the Office of Financial Aid to review your verification documents and make any necessary corrections to your FAFSA data and your award.

Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress

To continue to receive financial aid after it is awarded, students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress toward the timely completion of a degree or credential to be eligible for aid. You must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress in courses completed and attempted by keeping up your grades and your overall progress in your program. If you need assistance with your academic progress, contact your academic advisor. See Academic Advising for more information. For more information, refer to and download the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Disqualification for Drug Conviction

A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify students from receiving Financial Aid. Please see the Notice of Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations for complete details.

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