How to Apply

Fill Out the FAFSA

To be considered for all available forms of financial aid, a student applying for aid for the academic year will need to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You must have a FSA ID to complete FAFSA. View instructions on how to create a FSA ID.

 Follow These Steps

  • The FAFSA is available online at https://fafsa.gov/. This form will require basic financial information about the student and their family. There is fee to process this form. Please note that the Saint Mary's FAFSA code is: 001302.
  • Our priority deadline is February 15 for new students and March 2 for continuing students.
  • Some families will be selected for the verification process by FAFSA. In these cases, the IRS Deta Retrieval Tool must be used on FAFSA or an IRS Tax Return Transcript must be ordered. The Student Aid Report, received by students in response to the FAFSA, will indicate the student's selection for the verification process. If any changes are made this may affect the student's award letter.
  • The GPA Verification Form, required by the California Student Aid Commission for students applying for the Cal Grant Programs, will be available in high school guidance offices and online. This form should be completed and submitted to the Commission according to the instructions on the form by the state-determined deadline (March 2). For more regarding the Cal Grant please visit the California Student Commission website.