Financial Aid Services at College of San Mateo - Seven Steps to Financial Aid at CSM
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Financial Aid Services
Six Steps to Financial Aid at CSM

The entire process may take 1-3 months, so apply early!

Step 1: Apply
For Fall 2017, Spring 2018, & Summer 2018:
file a 2017-2018 FAFSA at or a CA Dream Act Application at
For Fall 2018, Spring 2019, & Summer 2019:
file a 2018-2019 FAFSA at or a CA Dream Act Application at
College of San Mateo's college code is 001181.
Student Aid
Report Received
Step 2: Student Aid Report Received
After you apply, you’ll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). Your SAR contains the information reported on your FAFSA and usually includes your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC, a measure of your family’s financial strength, is used to determine your eligibility for federal student aid.
Check SAR
For Accuracy
Step 3: Check SAR for Accuracy
Your Student Aid Report (SAR) must be checked for accuracy and then brought to the Financial Aid Office for review.
Please check WebSMART for any additional information required to complete your file before submitting your SAR to the office.
Submit Documents
Step 4: Submit Documents
Student submits all required documents in person to College of San Mateo Financial Aid Office. ***Please be sure to have your picture ID when coming to the financial aid office*** File is Complete!
of Result
Step 5: Notification of Result
Check WebSMART to learn the status of your financial aid. College of San Mateo will notify eligible students in WebSMART by an award letter outlining the types and amount of Financial Aid they qualify for at CSM.
Aid Funds Are Paid!
Step 6: Aid Funds are Paid!
You will receive a check in the mail or if you signed up for direct deposit funds will be electronically deposited into your bank account.