Financial Aid Services at College of San Mateo - Applying for Financial Aid
Financial Aid Services
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.
  • 2015-2016 Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver (available on WebSMART)
    Pays eligible students' enrollment fees for the entire academic year.
View a FAFSA vs. BOG Fee Waiver Comparison.

Applying for FAFSA
  1. Complete a FAFSA application. You can apply electronically at www.FAFSA.gov
  2. 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.
  3. If you are selected for "verification," you will need to provide the following documents. Please check your WebSMART account to determine which verification worksheet you are required to submit: plus complete the IRS Tax Data RetrievalOR order and bring in 2014 Tax Return Transcript
  4. 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
  5. 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.
**If you need assistance with the FAFSA or PIN online, please visit us for one-on-one help in our Learning Center.  Check frequently for updated times/days that we are available to assist you!**

The BOG Enrollment Fee Waiver will pay an eligible student's enrollment fees for the entire year. You can apply in several ways:
  1. 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
  2. You may apply online through WebSMART: after logging into WebSMART, you will need to click on the 2015-2016 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 for any unsatisfied requirements.

To find out more about financial aid issues, search our CSM Financial Aid Handbook.