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7 Easy Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

Step 1: FAFSA or CA Dream Applications

Complete the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on-line at DO NOT mail your FAFSA to MSJC. You may estimate your income if you have not completed your 2013 IRS tax return. If you (and your parents if dependent) apply for a PIN at, you will be able to sign your FAFSA electronically. This saves time!

Approximately four weeks after you filed your FAFSA to the Federal Processor, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) via e-mail, if you provided an e-mail address on your FAFSA, or by mail if no e-mail was provided. If you do not receive your SAR, please call 800-433-3243 or check on-line at

Review the SAR to make sure all the information is correct. If corrections are needed, complete Part II of the SAR and mail Part II back to the Federal Processor. If you have your PIN, you may make corrections on-line. If no corrections are needed, keep the entire SAR for your records. MSJC will receive this information electronically.

CA Dream Application

If you are an undocumented AB540, complete the 2014-2015 CA Dream Application online at You may estimate your income if you have not completed your 2013 IRS tax return. 
Review your application to make sure all the information is correct. Check your application status and/or make corrections at 

Step 2: Cal Grant GPA Verification
If you are a California resident or eligible AB540 student and did not receive a Cal Grant in previous years, you must submit a 2014-2015 FAFSA or CA Dream application and a completed GPA Verification Form to California Student Aid Commission by March 2, 2014. Follow the instructions below to determine which school verifies your GPA on the 2014-2015 Verification Form.

  • If you earned less than 16 college semester units prior to Spring 2014, then you must submit the GPA Verification Form to your high school for verification. Check with your high school for their deadlines to submit the form.
  • If you earned 16 or more college semester units, including at least 1 unit at MSJC prior to Spring 2014, you submitted your high school graduation date as well as all of your official transcripts to MSJC Enrollment Services and they have been evaluated by MSJC Enrollment Services, then MSJC will automatically send your cumulative GPA to the California Student Aid Commission electronically. You do not need to submit a GPA Verification Form. 
  • If you have completed 16 units but DO NOT have your high school graduation date on file with MSJC Enrollment Services or have not submitted all of your official transcripts and had them evaluated by MSJC Enrollment Services, then you must manually complete a GPA Verification Form with the Evaluation Office.
  • If you completed your high school education with a GED, a copy of your certificate must be submitted along with the GPA Verification form and mailed to the Student Aid Commission.

 Step 3: Acknowledgement Email
After we receive your student aid report or California aid report, we will review the information to determine if additional documents are needed from you (i.e. tax transcripts, etc.) This is done to ensure the accuracy of the information you reported, as required by federal and state regulations.

You should receive an acknowledgement email in your student email account 1-2 weeks after you receive your SAR. If you do not receive an acknowledgement email you may call (951) 487-3245 (San Jacinto Campus) or (951) 639-5245 (Menifee Valley Campus) to check your status.

Please note: If you received a Board of Governors Fee Waiver based on your initial FAFSA submission and later determined ineligible, you will be rebilled for your registration will be rebilled for your registration fees.

Step 4: Submit Documents
Submit all documents requested on your acknowledgement email. Make copies of all documents before submitting, and put your (the student's) name and student identification number on each page submitted. Documents may be submitted by mail or in person. Please do not send documents that have not been requested by the MSJC Financial Aid Office.

Step 5: Verification
Your application along with the supporting documents is reviewed for accuracy. We will only review the files of students that are eligible to receive aid. If you are in a ineligible SAP status we will only review your file once you have reinstated. Applications are reviewed in order by date you completed your file (submitted all requested documents). During this process, it may be necessary to request additional information for clarification or to resolve discrepancies. You are encouraged to respond quickly.

Step 6: Award Notification Email
A financial aid award notification email detailing amounts and the types of aid programs offered to you is e-mailed to your MSJC student e-mail address.

Step 7: Disbursement
After receipt of the financial aid award notification (email) letter, aid will be disbursed according to the disbursement schedule. Checks for each semester will be mailed no earlier than the first week of classes.

If you are a new or returning student to MSJC and did not attend the previous term, and if you have been awarded the federal Pell grant, we must verify with the Department of Education that you have not received financial aid from another school prior to any disbursements. A hold will be placed on your financial aid record for a 7 day period until we receive verification.

Note: You must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements to receive your financial aid check. Refer to the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (available in the Financial Aid Office or at the MSJC/Financial Aid website) for more information on this requirement.