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Financial Aid Services


CSM Financial Aid is dedicated to your health and safety during the current coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). The San Mateo County Community Colleges are following guidelines from public health authorities to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and the community.

To accommodate you at this time, the CSM Financial Aid Office has temporarily transitioned to an online service delivery system. Staff will be working remotely during our regular hours for this time period. All questions can be directed to Please make sure to include your student ID (G number) in all communications. If you need to submit documents, we will accept them by email or mail. Please check your WebSMART account to view your financial aid status and more.

Options for submitting documents
Please note - all documents must have your student ID number, be legible and completely filled out with appropriate signatures provided. Emailed documents must be in a PDF or JPEG format.

Option 1 - Submit documents securely with DropBox 

 1. Go to DropBox 
 2. Click on the "Choose files" button and locate the file(s) you want to submit
  Include your student ID number in the filename (required) 
  In the "First name" field, enter your first and last name
In the "Last name" field, enter your student ID number
Enter your email address for a confirmation
Click on the "Upload" button

Financial Aid Dropbox Example
Financial aid is money for college. It is provided by U.S. taxpayers to ensure that all those who want a college education have the financial ability to pay for their college expenses.

Financial aid is also a partnership between you as the student and the college that provides the money to help pay your college costs. If you receive financial aid, you are expected to enroll in courses needed to complete your chosen program, work hard at learning, and move responsibly toward successful completion of your educational goal.

We understand that the rules that govern the financial aid programs can sometimes be complicated. However, the staff at the CSM Financial Aid Office is available to answer your questions and provide special assistance if and when you need it. For additional information, please see our Financial Aid Handbook.

Let us know if you need assistance as a non-English speaking student. We can make arrangements to provide information in your native language.

Please stop by the office in College Center Building 10, Room 360, or call us at (650) 574-6146. We will be happy to assist you!

- Claudia Menjivar, Director of Financial Aid Services

Contact Us

College Center Building 10, Room 360
(650) 574-6146
Steven Liao, Financial Aid Assistant
(650) 574-6136

Cal Fresh

Cal Fresh is a nutrition assistance program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that can help students buy the food they need to thrive and live healthy lives. SMCCD campuses have Sparkpoint staff who can help students to complete the application process and determine if they qualify to receive this benefit.

Student Eligibility
Students can only qualify for CalFresh if they meet specific criteria. For example, students who work least 20 hours a week, or are approved for federal work-study, or are parent, may qualify.

Please contact your Sparkpoint office to help with your application.

Contact Sparkpoint
CSM Sparkpoint
Nicole Salviejo

Cal Fresh

CARES Act Funds Disclosures

The San Mateo County Community College District has published this disclosure as part of the requirements of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act.

Department of Education Required Disclosures for the Receipt and Use of CARES Act Funds

Financial Aid TV

Financial Aid Questions?

Get video answers

Financial Aid TV get answers
Why wait in line at the Financial Aid office? Visit Financial Aid TV (FATV) to get quick and simple answers to many of your general Financial Aid questions.

FATV provides current and prospective students and their families with instant 24/7 access to short videos that discuss important financial aid topics such as how to apply for financial aid, what type of aid is available, BOGFW regulations, Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, student loans, etc.

¿Para que esperar en línea en la oficina si le podemos contestar todas sus preguntas por medio de la televisión de ayuda financiera? Además, un miembro de la oficina le estará disponible en español y contestara cualquier pregunta que tenga sobre la ayuda financiera.

Financial Aid Basics