Office of Financial Aid

Financial Aid Operations and COVID-19 Information

The Office of Financial Aid is currently not open for in-person meetings. During this time, we will be available to answer any financial aid inquiries by email at Financialaid@usfca.edu or by phone. You may also schedule a Zoom web conferencing or phone appointment online. Once your appointment is scheduled, an email will be sent to you with the Zoom meeting link. Our office will continue daily financial aid processing. We appreciate your patience during this time given the unprecedented nature of the situation. Please check back on our website for any updated information for the Office of Financial Aid. 

For University's latest information and resources on COVID-19, please visit the resources page

Which Financial Aid Application Should I File

Application Who Should File
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Domestic undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen and meets general eligibility requirements
California Dream Act  Undocumented and DACA undergraduate students who are California residents and do not meet FAFSA filing requirements. FAFSA vs CA Dream Act
College Board CSS Profile Undocumented out of state undergraduate students who do not meet the FAFSA and CA Dream Act filing requirements. 

Summer Financial Aid Offer

Summer 2021 registration begins on April 12th! When you register for your courses, you will receive your summer financial aid offer within 2 weeks. The summer financial aid offer for Pell grant and federal loans is based on your remaining financial aid eligibility for the 2020-21 aid year. Please note that there is no institutional aid offered for summer, and at least half time enrollment would be required to receive summer aid.

Disbursement Information (2021-2022)

Undergraduate and Graduate Students (excluding Law)

Semester Disbursement Date
Fall 2021 August 16, 2021
Spring 2022 January 14, 2022
Summer 2022 (Session 1, 2, and 4) May 13, 2022
Summer 2022 (Session 5) TBD
Summer 2022 (Session 3 and 6) TBD
Summer 2022 (Session 7) TBD

For more information about refunds.

For more information about disbursements.

Financial Aid Next Steps Webinar

The recording of our 2021- 2022 "Financial Aid Next Steps" webinar is now available!

Video Tutorials

Need help finding your financial aid self-service, accepting your award offer, or submitting an online form? Use the financial aid videos page for help! Click to view more tutorials.

Navigating the Student Self-Service Financial Aid Portal