How to Apply

Step 1: Complete the FAFSA

U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizens who wish to be considered for financial aid are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA for the upcoming school year.

Dreamers and DACA students can complete the Dream Act Application for consideration for state and CCA institutional aid.

Financial Aid Application Prority Deadlines

February 1: Undergraduate and graduate priority deadline for fall admission
March 2: Undergraduate deadline for the California State Grant Program
October 1: Undergraduate priority deadline for spring admission

Applications received by the priority deadlines are given first consideration for CCA scholarships.

For merit scholarship deadlines, please contact the Enrollment Office. These deadlines do not apply to the Federal Pell Grant or the Federal Loan Programs.

Estimating Income & Taxes

For applicants who have not completed their taxes prior to completing the FAFSA, estimates of income and taxes paid can be used to complete the application. Once taxes are completed, applicants should make the necessary corrections to their FAFSA.

Students applying to the California State Grant Program will have an opportunity to correct or update the information with the California Student Aid Commission.

Step 2: Receive Award Letter

Beginning in March, admitted undergraduate and graduate students are awarded on a rolling basis. Generally, students are awarded in the order the applications were submitted. Admitted students will receive an award letter in the mail and can view their award letter online through Webadivsor.

Accept or Reject Awards

Addmitted students can view their awards and accept or reject their awards online using WebAdvisor, or submit a signed paper award letter indicating the awards accepted or rejected.

Step 3: Complete Outstanding Documents

Providing Additional Information

Applicants may be asked to provide additional information or documentation to the CCA Financial Aid Office. Applicants are advised to examine all documents to ensure accuracy before submission to the Financial Aid office. Incomplete documents or forms missing appropriate signatures will be returned to applicants for completion.

Applicants are encouraged to retain a copy of all documents for their personal records.

Step 1: Complete the FAFSA

U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizens who wish to be considered for financial aid are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA for the upcoming school year.

Dreamers and DACA students can complete the Dream Act Application for consideration for state and CCA aid.

Financial Aid Application Prority Deadlines

January 1: FAFSA for the next academic year becomes available online
March 2: Undergraduate deadline for the California State Grant Program
April 30: Undergraduate and graduate priority deadline

Continuing undergraduate and graduate students whose FAFSAs are received by the priority deadline should anticipate receiving an award letter prior to the fall payment deadline.

Continuing students can expect their total financial aid will be maintained from the previous year, provided there is little or no change in family circumstances, financial resources, and the applicant is in good academic standing.

Students whose applications are received after the priority deadline may not receive an award letter prior to the fall payment deadline.

FAFSA Renewal

Applicants who completed the FAFSA for the previous school year will find the Renewal FAFSA easier to complete than the original FAFSA, since most of the information will be pre-populated based on the applicant’s previous entries.

Renewal applicants can update information that has changed from the previous application.

Estimating Income & Taxes

For applicants who have not completed their taxes prior to completing the FAFSA, estimates of income and taxes paid can be used to complete the application. Once taxes are completed, applicants can make the necessary corrections to their FAFSA.

Step 2: Complete Outstanding Documents

Providing Additional Information

Applicants may be asked to provide additional information or documentation to the CCA Financial Aid Office. Applicants are advised to examine all documents to ensure accuracy before submission to the Financial Aid office.

Incomplete documents or forms missing appropriate signatures will be returned to applicants for completion. Applicants are encouraged to retain a copy of all documents for their personal records.

Step 3: Receive Award Letter

Beginning in May, continuing undergraduate and graduate students are awarded on a rolling basis. Generally, students are awarded in the order the applications were submitted. Continuing students will be notified via email when an award has been created and applicants can view their awards on Webadivsor.

Accept or Reject Awards

Continuing students can view their awards and accept or reject their awards online using WebAdvisor, or submit a signed paper award letter indicating the awards accepted or rejected.

Mobility & International Exchange Programs

Financial aid is available through CCA for students studying off campus through the college's mobility or international exchange programs. Contact the Student Records Office on the Oakland campus or the Financial Aid Office on either campus for additional information.

Students applying to study abroad programs that are not administered by CCA are not eligible for financial aid through the college.