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Financial Aid: Next Steps

Last updated on Jul 19, 2021

How to Complete Your FAFSA

Click here to watch a video on how to complete your FAFSA.

Early 2021-22 FAFSA available October 1

For the 2021-22 academic year, CCA students should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2020.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

The FAFSA will request student or family, or both, tax data from two years back (the 2019 tax year).

Step 1: Complete the FAFSA

US citizens and eligible noncitizens who wish to be considered for financial aid are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA for the upcoming school year.

Dreamers and DACA students can complete the Dream Act Application for consideration for state and CCA institutional aid. Undocumented students can review this help information.

Financial Aid Application Priority Deadline

February 1: Undergraduate and graduate priority deadline for fall admission
March 2: Undergraduate deadline for the California State Grant Program
October 1: Undergraduate priority deadline for spring admission

Applications received by the priority deadlines are given first consideration for CCA scholarships.

For merit scholarship deadlines, please contact the Enrollment Office. These deadlines do not apply to the Federal Pell Grant or the Federal Loan Programs.

To complete the 2021-22 FAFSA, you will use tax information from two years prior to the academic year you are interested in attending. The best way to enter your 2019 tax information is by using the IRS Data Retrieval process.

Step 2: Receive Award Letter

Beginning in December, admitted undergraduate students are awarded on a rolling basis. Beginning in March, admitted graduate students are awarded on a rolling basis. Generally, students are awarded in the order the applications were submitted. Admitted students will receive an award letter in the mail and can view their award letter online through their Workday account.

Accept or Reject Awards

Admitted students can view their awards and accept or reject their awards online through, for step by step instructions go to Financial Aid Guide

To see when you will receive your financial aid in full, see disbursement information.

Step 3: Complete Outstanding Documents

2021-22 Verification Requirement Update (As of July 13, 2021)

The U.S. Department of Education announced temporary changes to the federal student aid verification process for the 2021–22 academic year by waiving the majority of the verification requirements. If you were selected for verification for the 2021-22 academic year and you have questions of how this change has affected you, please schedule an appointment with the Financial Aid Office.

  • Please Note: If our office has reviewed your documents for the verification process prior to this change and requested additional documentation or information, you are still required to provide them to the office in order to complete your verification process.

Have you been selected for Verification?

If you have been selected for Verification, please check your Workday in-box for missing action items. For more information on the verification process, please see our Verification Guide.

Incomplete documents or forms missing appropriate signatures will be returned to applicants for completion and may cause a delay in receiving your award letter. Please note, all forms must be physically signed and dated as we are not currently able to accept electronically signed documents.

All CCA verification documents can be found here.

Provide Additional Documentation

Applicants may be asked to provide additional information or documentation to the CCA Financial Aid Office. Applicants are advised to examine all documents to ensure accuracy before submission to the Financial Aid office. Please check your Workday in-box for missing action items.

Applicants are encouraged to retain a copy of all documents for their personal records.