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Financial Aid Services


Links to Federal and State websites, including entrance/exit interviews and student loan programs.

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. 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: CSM Sparkpoint, Nicole Salviejo,

California Dream Act Application

California Student Aid Commission
Acquire information about California college grants (Cal Grant Program) scholarships, student loans, and specialized financial aid programs.

Chafee Grant
This grant offers free money for Foster Youth for college or career training.

CCCCO Complaint Process Notice
Most complaints, grievances or disciplinary matters should be resolved at the campus level.  This is the quickest and most successful way of resolving issues involving a California Community College (CCC). For Financial Aid issues or complaints, please email Claudia Menjivar at If your complaint hasn’t been resolved at the campus level, you can submit it via the CCCCO Complaint Form.

CSM College Policies/Student Disciplinary Sanction

Direct Loans
Apply for Government Student Loans including Entrance/Exit interviews.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on the Web
Apply for federal student aid online.College of San Mateo School Code: 001181

FastWeb: Free Scholarship and College Searches Plus Financial Aid Tools and More!
Click here to access a searchable database of more than 275,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans. FastWeb offers more than $1 Billion in scholarships. And it's FREE!

Federal Student Aid
The Federal Student Aid website is the most comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. It covers the Department's major aid programs, including Pell Grant, Stafford Loan, and Federal Work-Study.

Financial Aid Handbook

I Can Afford College
This California Community College system program provides financial aid to CCC students.

Internal Revenue Service
Request IRS transcripts.

Selective Service System
Click here to register for Selective Service. Almost all male U.S. citizens who are 18 through 25 years of age are required to register with Selective Service.

Click here to access a scholarship search that connects students to a database of more than 400,000 awards worth more than $1.1 billion.


Some websites to which the Financial Aid website provide links are for the convenience of users and are not managed or maintained by College of San Mateo. The College and the Financial Aid Office do not review, control, or take responsibility for the contents of those sites.