How to Apply for Financial Aid

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Students in all degree programs are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.

There are opportunities for financial aid in California, New York, and Illinois--all three campuses. Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans are processed every two semesters. It's important for you to keep records of your Financial Aid award and be aware of when the next semester application is due. The Financial Aid Office will do its 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  

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.

Steps to Apply

  • Complete a 2018-19 FAFSA at
  • For students who had a Winter 2018/Spring 2018 award, it is time to re-apply for the Fall 2018/Winter 2019 (September through April) award.​ Print, complete, and submit the appropriate Financial Aid Certification Form:
  • For students who had a Fall 2017/Winter 2018 award, it is time to re-apply for the Spring 2018/Fall 2018 (April through August) award.​ Print, complete, and submit the appropriate Financial Aid Certification Form:
  • *If you (or your parents) will be filing a 2016 income tax return with the IRS, it is recommended that you complete it before filling out the 2018-19 FAFSA. The easiest way to complete or correct your FAFSA with accurate tax information is by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool through Please note that if you recently filed a 2016 tax return, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool might not be available.
  • Please complete the Direct Loan Master Promissory Note if you did not already do so during the previous application period – (
  • If this will be your first student loan at Pacific College, you will also need to complete Entrance Counseling – (