6 Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply for Admission

If not a recently admitted or a continuing Cañada/SMCCCD student, visit Admissions page and complete required steps to become a student.

Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid

Complete the FAFSA on-line (for U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizen applicants) or the California Dream Application (for AB 540 applicants) – use Cañada Federal School Code 006973.

Watch this video for details on how to apply.

For more information on Financial Aid click here.

Step 3: Attend Weekly Workshops

Attend a weekly FAFSA Tuesday or Dream Application Wednesday Workshop in the Financial Literacy Lab (Building 9-123) for assistance with applying or making corrections to your financial aid application:

  • FAFSA Tuesdays: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm (please arrive by 4:00 pm)
  • Dream Application Wednesdays: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (please arrive by 1:30 pm)

Step 4: Submit Forms

Submit ALL documents/forms requested by the Financial Aid Office.

Once your FAFSA or Dream Application is processed, the Financial Aid Office will notify you at your college issued "my.smccd.edu" email address and post any additional requirements on WebSMART. Please submit ALL required documents/forms at the same time. Incomplete documents/forms will not be accepted. We will only accept documents in person. You will be required to present a valid college or government issued picture ID.

Step 5: Review

Review the Disbursement Options with Bank Mobile and choose how your financial aid and scholarship payments will be sent to you.

Step 6: Recieve Financial Aid

If the aid you've been awarded is not enough to meet your educational expenses, you may be eligible for a Federal Direct Student Loan. Visit our Loan Page for more information.

If your financial aid file is complete, you are not required to appeal, and are enrolled in sufficient units to receive your pending financial aid payment, your funds will be released the next scheduled disbursement date. See disbursement policy for more information.