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Financial Aid Services

Apply for Financial Aid

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

For U.S. Citizens and Permanent Legal Residents (Green Card Holders, Refugee, etc.)

  • Go to the FAFSA website
    • 2022-2023 For Fall 2022, Spring and Summer 2023
    • 2023-2024 For Fall 2023, Spring and Summer 2024
    • College of San Mateo Federal School code is 001181
  • FSA ID - Create a Username and Password if you don't already have one

For AB540 and Undocumented Students Only

Please allow 1-2 weeks for your application to be processed and sent to the college. You will then receive two emails:

  1. First from the Dept. of Education or California Student Aid Commission with your Student Aid Report (SAR)
    • Review SAR for accuracy and read "Comment Codes"
    • If corrections are made, allow 1-2 weeks to process corrected information
  2. Second from the Financial Aid office confirming receipt of your FAFSA
    • Instructions are given to check the status on WebSMART
  • Check WebSMART to see what documents are required
  • Please see reverse side for step-by-step instructions
  • If no requirements are listed, please contact the Financial Aid Office, Building 10
  • Files are reviewed in order of date received
  • During the file review process, additional documents may be requested
  • Check your "" email regularly for notifications
  • Files will not be reviewed until all required documents are submitted
Please Note: Entire process may take a minimum 4-6 weeks (longer if corrections are needed during start of semester)
  • Eligible students will be notified by email to their "" account
  • Check WebSMART for the results of your financial aid award
  • Go to "My Award Information" to view types and amount of award
  • Note: If no awards are listed, please contact the Financial Aid Office, Building 10
Flex Day
No classes or student services
October 11, 2023
Veterans Day Holiday
November 10, 2023
Thanksgiving Weekend
November 23-26, 2023
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