Financial Aid Services at College of San Mateo - Six 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 U.S. Citizens and Permanent Legal Residents (Green Card Holders, Refugee, etc.)

  • Go to the FAFSA website
    • 2018-2019 for Fall 2018, Spring and Summer 2019
    • 2019-2020 for Fall 2019, Spring and Summer 2020
    • 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

Processing of

Step 2: Processing of FAFSA or California Dream Act Application

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
Submit Documents

Step 3: Submit Documents

  • 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
File Review

Step 4: File Review

  • 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)

of Results

Step 5: Notification of Results

  • 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
Funds Are Paid!

Step 6: Funds are Paid!