Eligibility and How to Apply

Saint Mary's will consider you for federal, state, and institutional aid if you meet the following criteria:


  • You are an admitted, readmitted or currently enrolled student in a degree program at the College before notification of awards can be made. All financial aid applications should be filed prior to admission.
  • You are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Federal and state funds are also restricted on the same basis.
  • You are a student registered on a full-time basis. Students who register less than full-time, but at least half-time, will be considered only for the federal loan and grant programs. Undergraduate students enrolled less than half-time can only be considered for Federal Pell Grant funds.

It is Saint Mary’s College of California policy that students who matriculate as freshmen are only eligible for four years of Saint Mary’s aid. Those who transfer in have the number of years remaining that will equal four years. So if a sophomore transfers in he/she will have three years of eligibility a junior will have two years of eligibility. Cal Grant is only available for a maximum of four years. Therefore students who continue on after four years will only be considered for federal aid (Pell Grants and student loans).


Fill Out the FAFSA

To be considered for all available forms of financial aid, a student applying for aid for the academic year will need to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You must have a FSA ID to complete FAFSA. View instructions on how to create a FSA ID.

 Follow These Steps

  • The FAFSA is available online at https://fafsa.gov/. This form will require basic financial information about the student and their family. There is no fee to process this form. Please note that Saint Mary's FAFSA code is: 001302.
  • Our priority deadline is February 15 for new students and March 2 for continuing students.
  • Some families will be selected for the verification process by FAFSA. In these cases, the IRS Deta Retrieval Tool must be used on FAFSA or an IRS Tax Return Transcript must be ordered. The Student Aid Report, received by students in response to the FAFSA, will indicate the student's selection for the verification process. If any changes are made this may affect the student's award letter.
  • The GPA Verification Form, required by the California Student Aid Commission for students applying for the Cal Grant Programs, will be available in high school guidance offices and online. Please see GPA Verification Process.

If have questions or need assistance with the FAFSA, the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) offers 'Cash For College' workshops for students and families (currently offered as online webinars due to COVID). See registration information below.