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As you prepare for another year at Chapman University, review the information below for guidance on all things financial aid. Our office is here to assist you in navigating the financial aid process. Please feel free to reach out anytime you have questions.


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Apply for Financial Aid Every Year

In order to be considered for need-based financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year. Chapman University’s federal school code is 001164.

  • The FAFSA is available October 1st each year and Chapman University's priority deadline is March 2nd. The FAFSA is available to complete throughout the academic year if the priority deadline is not met.
  • For easy processing, download the myStudentAid app for your Apple or Android device and complete the FAFSA on your phone.
  • You will need to create an FSA ID Username to sign the FAFSA.
  • Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA for accurate income information. This application utilize prior-prior year information (i.e. for the 2020-2021 you would input information from your parent's 2018 tax return).
  • If you graduated from a California high school, you will need to make sure to have your GPA Verification submitted by your high school, or college, to the California Student Aid Commission by March 2nd.


If you are ineligible to complete the FAFSA due to citizenship status, you may be eligible to complete the DREAM Act Application.

  • The DREAM Act Application must be completed each academic year.
  • The deadline for the DREAM Act Application is March 2nd.
  • This application utilize prior-prior year information (i.e. for the 2020-2021 you would input information from your parent's 2018 tax return).
  • If you are a resident of California who is undocumented, please visit Resources for Undocumented Students on the Admissions page.
  • Students who are undocumented that reside in California may qualify for a Cal Grant as well as additional institutional aid.

Monitor Your Student Accounts

Monitor your To-Do List in your My.Chapman Student Center and check your PantherMail regularly.

If you are required to submit additional documentation to our office, the documents will be listed on your To-Do list in your My.Chapman Student Center. Requested forms must be submitted to our office before we can determine your financial aid eligibility.

All documents can be found on the Undergraduate Financial Aid Forms Page.

If all required documents are submitted and you are meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), your financial aid offer will be available starting in June. You can review our SAP policies on our website.

If you are offered a Cal Grant, you will be required to complete the Cal Grant Acknowledgement before you can register for classes each semester. If you have a Cal Grant Acknowledgement hold on your My.Chapman Student Center, you will need to complete the task and your hold will automatically be lifted.

Review Your Chapman University Financial Aid Offer

You will be awarded financial aid based on the housing status you indicated on the FAFSA. Make sure to notify our office via the Request for Revision Form if you need to update your housing status.

Make sure to accept or decline your Federal Direct Loans and Federal Work-Study on your financial aid offer and complete appropriate To-Do List items on your My.Chapman Student Center.

For student loans, you only need to complete Entrance Counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note the first year you borrow your loans.

Increase Your Financial Wellness

Join the free financial wellness platform, iGrad. Take command of your financial future, learn about managing money, saving and budgeting for study abroad trips, smart ways to pay for school, search scholarship opportunities and even explore career options.

Follow us on Facebook to explore additional outside scholarship opportunities as well as financial aid updates.

If you borrowed Federal Loans – view your loan borrowing history and loan servicer information at NSLDS - National Student Loan Data System. Log-in with your FSA ID Username. You can also link your loans into iGrad for easy tracking.

If you are graduating and borrowed loans, please visit our Repayment Page to assist you with your next steps.

Complete the Parent PLUS Loan Application Each Year

If your parent wishes to borrow the Parent PLUS Direct Loan, they will need to apply each year at StudentAid.gov. Here are easy how-to instructions.

The Parent PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) typically lasts for 10 years, so if the same parent borrows the loan each year, they do not need to complete a new MPN.

Approved Parent PLUS loans can be used to help cover the remainder of your bill.

Interested in Studying Abroad?


The Center for Global Education is your first stop when planning your trip. Utilize the Global Gateway to review financial aid applicability for your semester away.

Parents and Families


We are committed to helping you navigate the information and resources available. Start by reviewing the Parent and Families Checklist.