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Welcome to Chapman University! As you prepare for your first year here, please use the guide below to walk you through important deadlines and financial aid resources.

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Step One: Apply for Admission to Chapman University

The application process differs for first-year and transfer applicants. Please review the Office of Admission's how-to steps and application deadlines.

When you applied to Chapman University, you were considered for merit scholarships based on your academic performance and admissions application. If awarded, merit scholarship information will be included with your offer of admission.

Many academic departments offer talent scholarships. Most talent scholarships do not require additional applications and are awarded based on Creative Supplements and auditions completed during the application process.

Step Two: Apply for Financial Aid

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.

Step Three: Log-in and Monitor Your My.Chapman Student Center and PantherMail Accounts

Within the first few weeks of being admitted, you will receive an email to your personal email account with instructions on how to log-in to your My.Chapman Student Center and PantherMail accounts. More on how to activate these accounts can be found on the First-Year Student Checklist.

  • Make sure to activate these accounts so you can review updates to your financial aid as well as view your My.Chapman Student Center To-Do List for any additional documents that are needed to complete your file.

Step Four: Review Your Chapman University Financial Aid Offer

You will receive your initial financial aid offer via your preferred email account. You will also be able to view your offer via your My.Chapman Student Center as well as your Admission Application Status Page.

  • Make sure to accept/decline your Federal Direct Loans and/or Work-Study through your financial aid offer and complete appropriate To-Do List items on your My.Chapman Student Center.
  • You will be offered 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 with the Office of Financial Aid.

Important Reminders

Your financial aid offer will be based on full-time enrollment. If you are not going to be enrolled full-time during either semester, you will need to notify our office so we can re-evaluate your financial aid eligibility. Complete section B on the Request for Revision Form and email it to

If you were offered Federal Work-Study, the amount listed on your Financial Aid Offer is the amount that you are eligible to earn during the academic year. In order to utilize your work-study, you will need to apply, interview, and be offered a work-study position. You will earn your work-study money through paychecks received once every two weeks for hours worked.

If you are a Transfer Student, financial aid does not directly transfer between colleges. You will need to add Chapman's school code (001164) to your current FAFSA.

Parents and Families

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

myStudentAid App

Fill out the FAFSA on your phone by installing the myStudentAid app from your Apple or Android device.