Financial Aid

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Financial Aid at Saint Mary's

When we see potential in a student, we do our best to make sure tuition doesn't get in the way of her or his future. Ninety-one percent of Saint Mary's students receive some form of financial aid. Enabling students to access a Saint Mary's education is part of our commitment to individual attention and a part of our Lasallian heritage.

Typically, students receive a combination of state and federal grants, Saint Mary's grants, and need-based and non-need-based government and private loans. Those are all in addition to the many merit-based scholarships from noteworthy academic performance and specific department honors. Many find the best combination of these resources, making the average Saint Mary's financial aid package approximately $38,000 for the 2018-19 academic year.


Coming Soon: 'Student Self Service'

Easy, convenient way for students to obtain, manage, and submit required documentation to various departments at SMC including financial aid! More to come...


Federal Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II) FAQs

Q: I wanted to get more information on the federal emergency COVID relief fund: Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II (HEERF II).

A: Students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) per FAFSA under 10,000, currently enrolled in the spring 2021 term, are in good academic standing, and meet all qualifications for federal financial aid as of March 16, 2021 will qualify and receive their funds. More information can be found here:

Q:  What I can do to start the process?

Valid 2020-2021 FAFSA is required to be considered for the federal emergency relief fund.

A:  If you have not completed a 2020-2021 FASFA should do so by March 12, 2021. FASFA’s received after this date cannot be processed in time to qualify for the HEERF II. Login to and be sure to apply for the 2020-2021 school year (there is a drop down box that defaults to 2021-2022 school year, so will need to change that drop down box to 2020-2021). Completing a FASFA does not guarantee funds, however; only students with an EFC below 10,000 will qualify.


A: If you have completed a 2020-2021 FASFA, no action is required to start this process. Eligible students will be identified and contacted in March with further instruction.

Q: Do I qualify for the HEERF II/COVID relief fund for 2021?

A: If your EFC is under 10,000 and you are currently enrolled in spring 2021 term then yes, you would qualify for the HEERF II. If your EFC is over 10,000 then unfortunately no, you will not qualify for the HEERF II.

Q: What is the amount I will be receiving?  

A: The amount students will receive is still being determined at this time. Eligible students will be contacted in March with additional information.

Q: How and when do I receive my funds?

A: The Student Accounts department will process an electronic transfer or paper check in April. For more information on how you will receive the funds, please call 925-631-4209 or email

Q: Is this a loan that I need to pay back?

A: No, this is not a loan and you will not be required to pay it back.

For New Admitted Students

It is important that you fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. We can not offer any aid until we've received your completed forms.

If have questions or need assistance with the FAFSA, the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) offers 'Cash For College' workshops for students and families (currently offered as online webinars due to COVID). See registration information below.  These workshops are offered annually by CSAC so can continue to check iink for future registration dates.

Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid—helping students from all walks of life gain access to an experience that could change their lives—is an essential part of who we are.


Not sure where to begin? Check out these helpful resources to navigate the financial aid process.

Contact Us

We know the financial aid process can be confusing to navigate. Having time for you is one of the perks of being a small school. We're happy to help you through the process. See the contact information below.