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FAFSA Application

Completing the FAFSA is the single most important step in getting financial aid.  You will need to do this every year to continue to receive aid.  

Once the FAFSA has been completed, the information is processed by the Department of Education and a Student Aid Report (SAR) is sent to the school(s) of your choice.  When our office receives your SAR, we will be able to offer financial aid awards based on your financial information included on your FAFSA.  

To apply go to: 

  • Be a citizen or eligible noncitizen of the United States.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number. (Students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau are exempt from this requirement.)
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or have completed homeschooling. If you don’t, you may still be eligible for federal student aid if you were enrolled in college or career school prior to July 1, 2012. Go to for additional information.
  • Be enrolled in an eligible program as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not owe a refund on a federal student grant or be in default on a federal student loan.
  • Register (or already be registered) with the Selective Service System, if you are a male and not currently on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. (Students from the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau are exempt from registering; see for more information.)
  • Not have a conviction for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (such as grants, work-study, or loans). If you have such a conviction, you must complete the Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet to determine if you are eligible for aid or partially eligible for aid.

The FAFSA application is only good for one academic year (Fall - Summer).  Depending on when you will want to receive financial aid will determine which FAFSA application you need to submit.    

The chart below provides the new key dates for current and prospective Cal State East Bay students:

FAFSA Timeline
If you need financial aid forSubmit this FAFSAYou can submit the FAFSA fromUse income and tax data from
Fall 2017 - Summer 2018 2017 - 2018 October 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018 2015
Fall 2018 - Summer 2019 2018 - 2019 October 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019 2016
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