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Financial Aid

2021-22 FAFSA Now Open!

Santa Clara University recommends that prospective and current students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to maximize and/or retain their federal, state and non-federal aid programs eligibility.
First time filling out the FAFSA application? Find out what you will need and how to get started.

Update to any documents with personal identifiable information, such as verification:

When emailing sensitive documents, such as income information, taxes, or social security numbers, please send them password protected. Please follow these instructions to password protect your information  until our new updated system is in place. Below are instructions on how to password protect a document:  

Open the PDF and choose Tools > Protection > Encrypt > Encrypt with Password. If you receive a prompt, click Yes to change the security. Select Require a Password to Open the Document, then type the password in the corresponding field. Save the document. If you are prompted to verify that you want to save the document, click Yes.

You will need to send an additional email with student name and ID and the password so that we can open the file.


We are committed to helping undergraduate students, graduate students and their families find ways to make Santa Clara University affordable. Our financial aid programs help students and their families meet college costs each year.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), is constructed to generate an idea of a family’s ability to pay for college. With so many factors to consider, and the rapidly changing economic circumstances of today, your FAFSA results may not be an accurate representation of your family’s current financial situation. If your family is experiencing hardship or have had a change in circumstance, please go to this link for further information regarding options you may have to appeal:

Upcoming Scholarships:

Golden State Teacher Grant Program - Application Open

The Golden State Teacher Grant program offers one-time grants of up to $20,000 for students who commit to teaching in Special Education at a priority school for four years, within five years of receiving the teaching credential. Must be currently enrolled in a teacher preparation program to earn a credential in Special Education to be eligible.

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