Financial aid is also a partnership between you as the student and the college that provides the money to help pay your college costs. If you receive financial aid, you are expected to enroll in courses needed to complete your chosen program, work hard at learning, and move responsibly toward successful completion of your educational goal.
We understand that the rules that govern the financial aid programs can sometimes be complicated. However, the staff at the CSM Financial Aid Office is available to answer your questions and provide special assistance if and when you need it. For additional information, please see our Financial Aid Handbook.
Let us know if you need assistance as a non-English speaking student.
We can make arrangements to provide information in your native language.
Please stop by the office in College Center Building 10, Room 360, or call us at (650) 574-6146. We will be happy to assist you!
- Claudia Menjivar, Director of Financial Aid Services
- Instructions for IRS Data Retrieval or Obtaining IRS Tax Transcript
- Visit us for one-on-one assistance at the Learning Center. Spring & Summer 2016 Financial Aid Outreach Hours
This 6 minute video contains helpful information for parents of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applicants. It helps parents navigate the FAFSA process: from logging in, to filling out and to signing their child's FAFSA using their FSA ID: FAFSA and FSA ID Tips for Parents
For information on creating an FSA ID, FSA has a video with detailed instructions on how to create an FSA ID: How To Create an FSA ID
Information about Corinthian Colleges closures: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/corinthian/faq
Prior-Prior year (PPY) Tax Information on FAFSA
Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, students can now complete the FAFSA using 2 years’ prior tax information. With the switch to PPY, FAFSA will be available on October 1, 2016, rather than January 1, 2017.
- FAFSA available October 1, 2016 for 2017-2018 academic year
- 2017-2018 FAFSA will use 2015 tax year information
|When a student is attending college||When a student can submit a FAFSA||Which year's income information is required|
|July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016||January 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016||2014|
|July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017||January 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017||2015|
|July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018||October 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018||2015|
|July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019||October 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019||2016|
Benefits of PPY:
- Filing the FAFSA earlier so that the students can figure out what their financial aid package/award would look like.
- This can increase the application’s accuracy and students won’t have trouble using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, decreasing the need for additional paper documentation, since tax date from 2 years prior would be readily available.
- FAFSA on the Web
- NSLDS Student Access
July 2012: Effective July 1, 2012 students can only a receive a lifetime maximum of up to 600% FEDERAL PELL regardless of when they received their first Pell grant. To view your Lifetime Eligibiilty Used (LEU) visit www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA. For more information about LEU please visit the Federal Student Aid website.
January 2013: Effective January 1, 2013 AB-540 students will be allowed to apply for and receive several types of financial aid, including:
- Board of Governors Fee Waiver
- State financial aid such as Cal Grants & Chafee Grants
- Assistance from EOPS, CARE or CalWORKS
- Privately funded scholarships