6 Steps to Applying 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 and submit a financial aid application.
FAFSA (for U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizen applicants)– use Cañada Federal School Code 006973.
California Dream Application (for AB 540 applicants) – use Cañada Federal School Code 006973.
Allow 1-2 weeks for the application to be processed and sent to the College's Financial Aid Office. Students will receive two emails: one from the Department of Education and another from the College's Financial Aid Office confirming receipt.
If you need assistance with completing your financial aid application go to Step 3.
Step 3: Attend Weekly Workshops
Attend a weekly FAFSA or Dream Act Application Workshop for assistance with applying or making corrections to your financial aid application. Workshops are on a drop-in bases on the following dates/times;
- Tuesdays: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm (please arrive by 4:00 pm)-CANCELED
- Wednesdays: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (please arrive by 1:30 pm)-CANCELED
Zoom Appointment: Complete appointment request form below for the academic year you are applying for.
- Financial Aid Office-(650) 306-3308
- FAFSA-1(800) 433-3243
- DREAM Act-1(888)-224-7268
Application Resource Links:
What will I need to fill out the Dream Act Application? (Refer to page 10 "To complete the CA Dream Act Application, you begin by gathering the following documents")
Need help creating your FSA ID? Get started today and view this video for help and hints.
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.
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: Receive 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.