How to Apply for Financial Aid

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Students in the following degree programs are eligible to apply for federal financial aid: Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork Certificates; Associate’s degrees; Bachelor’s degrees; Master's degrees; Entry-Level and Post-Graduate Doctorates.

Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans are processed every two semesters. It's important for you to keep record of your Financial Aid award and be aware of when the next semester application is due. The Financial Aid Office will do our best to notify you when it is time to apply, but do not depend on us alone. Check with our office if you are unsure of when to apply.

Important Change: Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents. 

An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on ED websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) at  There are opportunities for financial aid in California, New York, and Illinois--all three campuses.

If you are a dependent student, your parent will need their own FSA ID to sign your FAFSA electronically. 

Please note: Each FSA ID user must have a unique e-mail address.

Your FSA ID is used to sign legally binding documents electronically. It has the same legal status as a written signature. Don't give your FSA ID to anyone—not even to someone helping you fill out the FAFSA. Sharing your FSA ID could put you at risk of identity theft!

For students who had a Winter 2015/Spring 2015 loan, it is time to re-apply for the Fall 2015/Winter 2015 (September through April) loan. To do this you need to: