New students are encouraged to participate in the financial aid application process. Carefully read and follow the instructions on the application and then use the five (5) steps listed below to apply for aid.

Four (4) Steps for New Student Applicants:


Step I:
The student goes online to apply for financial aid at FAFSA on the Web. Follow the instructions. Be sure to enter the Federal School Code for Los Angeles City College ("001223") on the application.

Step 2:
Within a week or two, the Financial Aid Office will send a Document Request Letter to the new student applicant by e-mail or regular mail.

Step 3:
Bring all the requested documents as listed on the Document Request Letter to the Financial Aid Office to initiate the processing of financial aid application. Be sure to enroll in classes as early as possible.

Step 4:
The Financial Aid Office will process the application and send an Award Notification Letter to the new student applicant.

Things to Know

  • The financial aid application period starts January 1st for the upcoming academic year. For example, if applying for the 2012-2013 academic year, applicants can begin the application process on January 1, 2012.
  • New students should submit a college application at the same time they file their financial aid application.
  • Apply early – the earlier a new student files the financial aid application, the sooner the applicant will be notified of financial aid eligibility.
  • To be considered for the state Cal Grant programs, California residents must submit a financial aid application by September 2nd. (Submit the application by March 2nd to receive priority consideration.) High school seniors must request their high school to submit their Grade Point Average (GPA) to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).
  • New students are responsible for knowing and understanding the terms and conditions of receiving financial aid. For further assistance, new students should attend the financial aid orientation and/or workshops held throughout the fall and spring semesters.