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Before proceeding with the steps below:

Step One: Request, retrieve or reset your (and parents, if dependent) Federal Student Aid ID: Your FSA ID lets you “sign” your online FAFSA, access and make corrections to your application information and more—so keep it safe!

Step Two: Collect your parents' and if applicable, your income tax returns, Social Security numbers, W-2 form(s), and other records of income and assets. Tax information can be estimated and corrected later if a tax return has not yet been completed. Get free information and assistance from a school counselor, the Financial Aid Office at the college you plan to attend, or the U.S. Department of Education at or call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).

Step Three: Know your Federal School Code: 003316

Step Four: Complete IRS Data Retrieval or Submit IRS Tax Transcript.

Step Five: Submit online your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

  • Recommended deadline date: May 1 each year to ensure State Grant and March 1 to ensure Cal U Institutional & Endowed funding.
  • You can submit the FAFSA as early as October 1 each year.

Step Six: Monitor your student Vulcan Information Portal (VIP) for receipt of the FAFSA and request of any Missing Information and/or Documents.

Step Seven: If selected by the Department of Education, ensure to complete Federal Verification.

  • Be sure to retain copies of everything you submit to the Financial Aid Office. We take many steps to ensure your documents are secure and safe. However, from time to time, you submit your information and we are not in receipt of it. Keeping a copy of what you submitted can save you time and eliminate any unnecessary stress.

Step Eight: Allow 4-6 weeks for Award Letter Notification.

Step Nine: Complete Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN).

Step Ten:  Allow approximately 3-5 business days after the add/drop period each term for your Financial Aid Awards to disburse to your student account. After aid has disbursed, the Student Accounts Office (formerly the Bursar's Office) will begin processing refunds. This usually happens about a week to ten days after disbursement. The refund checks will either be mailed to the student’s address or deposited into the student’s checking account, based on what the student has chosen.

Important Links

Summer Financial Aid

Winter Financial Aid 

CCAC Associate Degree Nursing at Cal U

Washington Hospital, School of Radiology

International Students

Military Students 

Consortium Agreements 


Financial Aid Forms 

Frequently Asked Questions 


Important Dates and Deadlines

March 1 - Scholarship deadline - FAFSA must be filed earlier

March 1 - Scholarship applications due - only for selected scholarships

May 1 - PHEAA State Grant Deadline - FAFSA must be filed earlier.

Contact Information

School Code:


Phone: (724) 938-4415

Fax: (724) 938-4551

Hours of Operation:
8 a.m.-4 p.m.


250 University Avenue
California, PA 15419

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