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Welcome to the Financial Aid Office and congratulations on your admissions to CSUDH! Your college education is one of the most important investments that you will make in your lifetime. We are here to help you understand financial aid.

Apply for Financial Aid

If you have not applied for financial aid, you have until March 2, 2022 to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California DREAM Act Application (CADAA) . Applying after March 2, 2022 will limit your options to receive grants, which is money that does not need to be repaid!

If you need help or have questions about applying for financial aid, register for a Financial Aid Workshop.

View Financial Aid Offer

A financial aid offer  will list the types and amounts of aid offered to you. The aid offer may include a grant, a scholarship, a student loan, parent loan or a combination. You can also view your offer on MyCSUDH, your student portal.

  1. Login to your Student Center at and view your financial aid offer by following the “View Financial Aid” link
  2. Review the Types of Aid section of the CSUDH Financial Aid Office website for specific information.
    1. Please note that any grant aid is automatically accepted on your behalf.
    2. If you are offered a student loan, you must accept or decline your loan award(s) within 15 days of the email notification to avoid cancellation.
    3. You are not require to accept the entire loan amount offered.
    4. Accepting the parent loan requires additional steps to be taken by your parent.
  3. Monitor your To Do List for additional items that may be requested.
  4. Monitor your Toromail (CSUDH email account) for updates and information.

If you need help understanding your financial aid offer, please attend a financial aid workshop or schedule a one-one-one meeting with a Financial Aid Specialist.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

The expected family contribution is calculated from the income and asset information submitted on your FAFSA or CADAA and is the estimated amount you and/or your parents may be able to contribute toward your educational expenses, which includes direct and indirect costs.

Your financial need is derived simply by subtracting the “parent and/or student contribution” from the cost of attendance.

Changes in Expected Family Contribution

In certain cases, your EFC may be adjusted if you have a change of circumstances (e.g., loss of income). If you or your parent(s) experience a reduction in or loss of 2021 or 2022 income or a change of household size, please complete the 2021-2022 Income Adjustment Appeal Form. 

We only accept digital documents and no longer accept paper documents (forms, transcripts, letters, etc.) by mail or in-person. Please submit all documents via Dropbox. To ensure the protection of your information, please upload the requested form(s) and supporting documents to a secured Dropbox folder. Do not email your forms or documents. After you have uploaded the documents, you will receive a confirmation email from Dropbox. Please allow up to 2 business days for your To Do List to be updated. If items are missing or incomplete, we will send an email to your student CSUDH campus ToroMail account. Please Note: Determination of aid eligibility cannot occur until all items on your To Do List are received by our office and removed from your To Do List. We will process your financial aid within 5 to 7 business days of receipt of all supporting documents.

Click the icon to upload your documents by your last name

Please Note: Determination of aid eligibility cannot occur until all items on your To Do List are received by our office and removed from your To Do List. We will process your financial aid within five to seven business days of receipt of all forms and supporting documents.

Before you submit your documents, please watch the tutorial below to learn how to combine all documents as one PDF, add your signature, and upload the documents.

If you need additional financial aid forms, please visit .

Cost of Attendance (COA)/Paying for Your Education

When you look at the total cost to attend CSUDH, you may see different amounts listed. That is because the cost of attendance may vary depending on your specific situation. The only amount that stays consistent is tuition and fees (resident and/or nonresident). Other costs like books and supplies, housing (commuter, on or off-campus), transportation, and personal expenses are all just estimates. This estimate includes only the academic semesters or approximately nine months of the year and are established by the California State University Chancellor's Office and the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).

Cost of Attendance$21,167
Minus Parent and/or Student Contribution (EFC)-$3,000
Financial Need$18,167

Financial Need can be met with various types of financial aid (e.g. scholarships, grants, student loans and work opportunities).

How Financial Aid Works

What are direct and indirect costs?  
Direct Costs
include Tuition & Mandatory Fees and an estimate cost of books. 
Indirect Costs include housing & meals, transportation, and personal expenses. To assist you in understanding how financial aid works, please take a look at the scenarios below:

 Scenario #1

Tuition & Fees$6,941 (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022)
Estimated Cost for Books$1,100

If you are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, Cal Grant or a State University Grant, your direct costs may be fully covered with FREE money!

Federal Pell Grant $6,345
State University Grant $5,742

In this scenario, you could have $4,046 to assist with other educationally related expenses, such as transportation to and from school, a computer, etc.

Scenario #2

Tuition & Fees$6,941
Estimated Cost for Books$1,100

If you are eligible for a reduce Federal Pell Grant, a Cal Grant or a State University Grant, your direct costs may be fully covered by FREE money!

Federal Pell Grant$2,200
State University Grant$5,742

In this scenario, you could have $399 to assist with other educationally related expenses.  If you are planning to live at home, you may need additional funds for transportation and housing expenses. 

Scenario #3

Tuition & Fees$6,941
Estimated Cost for Books$1,100

If you are only eligible to borrow student loans. 

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan$3,500
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan$2,000

In this scenario, you would pay $1,441 to cover your tuition & fees and cover the cost for books if you choose to accept all student loans offered.

Other Resources

You are required to notify the Financial Aid Office if you receive other resources. The following are considered additional resources, other than income, that are available to help meet your educational costs: vocational rehabilitation benefits, scholarships (from a university department or an outside agency), AmeriCorps benefits, fee waivers, third-party payments, veteran’s benefits, and other forms of financial assistance.

Enrollment Requirement for Financial Aid

Financial aid offer is based on full-time enrollment (12 units for undergraduate and credential students, and 8 units for master’s students). To receive the aid listed on your offer, you must be enrolled. If you enroll 3/4 time (9-11 units), your Federal Pell Grant and Cal Grant offers will be prorated to 75% of the award amount. If you enroll half-time, your Federal Pell Grant and Cal Grant offers will be prorated to 50% of the offer amount. Only the Federal Pell Grant may be available for enrollment less than half-time (25%) depending on eligibility.

How and When Financial Aid Is Paid

Once you attend New Student Orientation (NSO) and register for classes, you will notice tuition and fees charged to your account. All students who have completed your FAFSA or CADAA by the March 2 priority deadline will have your classes protected from being dropped due to nonpayment, because Student Financial Services will wait until financial aid is disbursed. It is important to complete your FAFSA or CADAA as quickly as possible.

Financial aid offers will begin to be credited to student accounts approximately 10 days prior to the first day of classes for each semester. Before any Federal Direct Loan funds can be released, you must sign a Master Promissory Note or complete the Annual Student Loan Acknowledgment steps as well have completed the Entrance Loan Counseling requirements. Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 financial aid refunds are scheduled to be processed by Student Financial Services a few days before the first week of classes.

If you have received your financial aid offer prior to the start of the semester, you may receive a refund close to the first day of classes. 

Direct Deposit

CSUDH offers Direct Deposit as an option for you to receive refunds. By establishing a direct deposit of the refund(s) to your bank checking or savings account, you will receive your University refund in approximately 2 to 3 days, instead of 7 to 10 business days for a mailed check.  

To sign up for direct deposit and for more information, please visit

Consumer Information

Pursuant to federal regulations, institutions of higher learning are required to inform prospective and continuing students, staff and faculty regarding information about the Annual Security Report, crime statistics, graduation rates, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and athletic participation rates/financial support (Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, or EADA). To learn more, visit The website includes links to the following: Annual Security Report, Jeanne Clery Campus Crime Statistics, Copyright Policy, Drug- and Alcohol-Free Campus Policy, Graduation Rates, EADA, FERPA and Important Campus Policies.

FERPA – The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (1974)

This law ensures that you and your family’s information will be confidential, even among family members. If you want the Financial Aid Office to discuss your information with a parent, spouse or guardian, please submit the FERPA Consent to Release Student Information Form to the Registrar’s Office at

Contact your Financial Aid Representative

We are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For general questions, please email . If you have specific questions about your financial aid offer, please email or call the financial aid specialist that is assigned to you. Be sure to include your name, student ID number and the reason for contacting us.

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