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Financial Aid Application

Your first step towards an affordable education.

The financial aid process begins at Cal Poly Humboldt by filling out the financial aid application. 

Any student interested in receiving financial assistance from the federal and/or state governments must submit a free application for aid for their eligibility to be determined. This includes all undergraduate, credential, and graduate students. We encourage you to apply every year to make sure you are receiving the maximum aid. CTAs

The FAFSA Application 

The California priority filing date is May 2nd, 2024. Applicants will have ample time to complete their 2024-25 FAFSA and should not rush to complete the form. 

Please note: The 2024-2025 FAFSA form has been soft launched by Federal Student Aid. This form is available for short periods of time to ensure a better application experience for students and families. As such, information submitted during the soft launch will not be shared with schools, states, and scholarship organizations until the end of January 2024.  As a result, schools will not be able to determine your financial aid eligibility until later in the Spring. 

Information about support and planned pauses for the FAFSA can be found: 

New FAFSA Terminology for 2024-25

The Student Aid Index (SAI) will replace the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This means that after the FAFSA is submitted students will now receive a SAI, which will be used to determine eligibility for various financial aid programs. 

The size of the family will be based on the number of people claimed as exemptions on the tax forms. Household size reported by the student will not impact the eligibility determination.

This term is used for any person who reports data on the FAFSA application. Contributors can include students, spouses (if taxes are filed separately), and parents and/or stepparents of dependent students.  

Each contributor will need to log into the FAFSA using their own FSA ID and will complete their section of the FAFSA separately. 

  • For example, a student is a Contributor and a parent who is required to contribute information on the FAFSA is also a Contributor. When the dependent student gets to the parent section of the application, the student will send an email invitation to the parent with a link in it. Using this link, the parent will log into the FAFSA using their FSA ID to complete the information needed from them. 

Students do not need to wait for the Contributor to complete their section before moving on with their application.  

Parents without Social Security Numbers will be able to create an FSA ID using other verification markers, with information about this process still being determined. 

Starting with the 2024-25 cycle, the FAFSA Processing Center will work directly with the IRS to exchange direct tax information relevant to the financial aid application. To do this, all Contributors, regardless of filing status, must consent on the FAFSA application for the completion of the Direct Data Exchange. Once a Contributor has provided consent, they cannot revoke consent, and if consent is not provided, the application cannot be processed. 

This term is used to replace the term “dependency status”.  

  • The parent with whom the student lived the most in the past 12 months prior to filing the FAFSA is no longer a criterion for divorced or separated parents.  
  • For divorced or separated parents, income and assets are reported for the parent who provides the most financial support over the 12 months prior for filing the FAFSA even if the student does not live with said parent. 

The California Dream Act

The California Dream Act allows undocumented students, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, U Visa holders, and students under Temporary Protected Status to receive certain financial aid at any public college in California.