Applying for Financial Aid
There are two types of aid through our office:
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Offers grants, loans, and scholarships.
- Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver (available on WebSMART)
Pays eligible students' enrollment fees for the entire academic year.
Applying for FAFSA
- Complete a FAFSA application. You can apply electronically at www.FAFSA.gov
- After you receive your electronic (or paper) response from the Department of Education, review it and bring a copy of your Student Aid Report with any corrections to the College of San Mateo Financial Aid Office.
- If you are selected for "verification," you will need to provide specific verification documents. Please
check your WebSMART account to determine which verification worksheet you are required to submit:
- V1 Dependent Verification Worksheet
- V1 Independent Verification Worksheet
- V4 Verify ID & ED Goal Verification Worksheet
- V6 Dependent Verification Worksheet
- V6 Independent Verification Worksheet
- Send all official transcripts from all non-District colleges and universities that you have attended directly to the Financial Aid Office. (If the CSM Admissions and Records Office has already received your academic transcripts, you may skip this step.) Please note, an official transcript evaluation is REQUIRED when submitting academic transcripts from another institution. Transcript Evaluation Process
- You may also need to provide documentation of U.S. citizenship, eligible non-citizenship status, proof of Selective Service registration, proof of Social Security Number, repayment of defaulted loans, or other information on a case-by-case basis.
The BOG Enrollment Fee Waiver will pay an eligible student's enrollment fees for the entire year. You can apply in several ways:
- If you submit a FAFSA appplication, you will also be applying for a BOG Enrollment Fee Waiver; however, it may take the Department of Education up to four weeks to process your FAFSA Application
- You may apply online through WebSMART: after logging into WebSMART, you will need to click on the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver Application link and answer the questions to complete your online application. Your WebSMART account will be updated with your BOG eligibility within 24 hours. You may check your WebSMART account at that time to verify your eligibility and see if you are required to submit additional documentation.
Important - If you complete the Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver online through your WebSMART, additional time-sensitive documents may be required. You have 21 days from the date you submitted your application to turn in the required documents. Failure to do so will result in the withdrawal of your BOG fee waiver. Please refer to your WebSMART account for any unsatisfied requirements.Financial Aid Handbook.