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Filing your FAFSA

To complete the FAFSA, you must visit:, however, you must 1st create an FSA ID: At least one biological parent of a dependent student must complete and obtain an FSA ID to be able to electronically sign the FAFSA. If the parents are divorced, the parent with which the student lived more than 50% of the calendar year, or whom had legal custody must apply for the FSA ID. Never married biological parents must complete the FAFSA in the same manner as married parents.

The application period starts October 1st and ends 21 months later on June 30th. This means that for a period of time there will be two FAFSA applications available and you must make sure that you are completing the application for the correct academic year.

For example: 1) on October 1, 2018 the Central Processing System (CPS) will have available to students and parents the 2018-2019 FAFSA and the current academic year 2017-2018 FAFSA.

If you, the student, want to have your aid eligibility determined for the current academic year that has the semesters Fall 2017 and/or Spring 2018, and/or Summer 2018, you must complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA no later than your last day of classes or June 30, 2018 whichever date comes first. Or 2) on October 1, 2018, you the student, want to have your eligibility determined for the next academic year that has the semesters Fall 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019, you must complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA.

San Diego Mesa College priority deadline is April15 prior to the start of an academic year for Federal Campus Based programs, FSEOG and Federal Work Study eligibility determination.

For Dream Act Applicants the State deadline is March 2 prior to the start of the academic year for Cal Grant eligibility determination.  You encouraged to apply after March 2, however, the State will not evaluate the application for Cal Grant eligibility.

FAFSA applications completed after April 15 are evaluated for Pell Grant and loan (additional application required) eligibility only.

It is important that you submit your FAFSA or CA Dream Act application by the priority filing dates.  Failure to do so will exclude you from potential awards that have limited funding, and may also delay the processing of your application.

If you have additional questions or concerns, you can visit the Financial Aid Office located on the 1st floor of the Student Services Building for direct assistance. In compliance with Federal and SDCCD privacy policies, you must be ready to present your student ID or your valid state issued identification card to receive financial aid file specific information.  For more information please visit our FERPA website link located at: