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Undergraduate Admission

Applying for Financial Aid

» Applying for Financial Aid

If you’re looking to use financial aid to help pay for college, you will need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA is a free, online form that will help you determine if you are eligible for student aid. This includes federal aid (grants, work study and low-interest loans) and potentially school and state aid. Submitting the FAFSA is essential if you want to be considered for federal, state and most forms of Chapman financial aid.

Note that only U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens (including permanent residents) are eligible to submit a FAFSA.

Update on the FAFSA Form for 2024-25

The FAFSA is going through its first redesign in over 40 years, which has led to a number of changes for those submitting it for 2024-25:

  • FAFSA release date: Due to the redesign, the FAFSA—which generally opens on October 1—opened in late December and is paused occasionally for maintenance..
  • When schools receive your FAFSA: Due to the delayed FAFSA opening, FAFSA submissions will not be provided to colleges until mid-March.
  • For an overview of changes to the form itself, view the video below provided by Federal Student Aid:


Financial aid notification timelines for 2024

You can view the financial aid notification timelines here. Note that need-based aid (including low-interest loans and Federal Work-Study) will be available in early April for first-year applicants for the fall who were admitted through Early Action, Early Decision and Regular Decision.

Submitting your FAFSA Form on time

Step 1: Prepare to submit your FAFSA

Step 2: Submit Your FAFSA by the deadline

To receive receive full consideration for all types of eligible aid, first-year students should submit their FAFSA by:

  • March 2 (priority deadline) for first-year applicants for fall 2024.
  • April 2 (hard deadline) for California residents for Cal Grant consideration.

Transfer students should ensure they are submitting for the correct academic year and submit their FAFSA as soon as possible.

Additional Considerations

  • Chapman University’s FAFSA school code is 001164.
  • You will need to re-submit your FAFSA every year you expect to be receiving financial aid.
  • When submitting your FAFSA, use an email you will check regularly and continue to check while in college.
  • Only U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens are eligible to qualify for federal financial aid. You can learn more about FAFSA eligibility here.
  • Undocumented students can learn more about financial resources here.

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