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First-Year Students

Santa Clara University recommends that first-year students complete both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE to maximize their federal, state and non-federal aid program eligibility.

NOTE: To be considered for federal financial aid, first-year students need only to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

First-year students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for all federal student aid programs.

  • Early Decision, Early Action & Regular Decision applicants should complete the FAFSA by February 1
  • Santa Clara University FAFSA School Code is 001326

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

First-year students should complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE in order to be considered for the full range of Santa Clara University scholarships and grants.

  • Early Decision applicants should complete the PROFILE by November 15
  • Early Action applicants should complete the PROFILE by November 15
  • Regular Decision applicants should complete the PROFILE by February 1
  • Santa Clara University CSS/Financial Aid Service Code is 4851

NOTE: First-year students interested in only Santa Clara University merit-based aid consideration are not required to complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

Cal Grant GPA Verification Form

California Residents: Complete the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form along with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for the Cal Grant program.

  • Early Decision, Early Action & Regular Decision applicants must have the form completed and postmarked by March 2

NOTE: Most California high schools electronically submit students’ grade point averages to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). To assure submission, check with your California high school.

As you are considering applying for financial aid, you may want to learn how we determine financial aid, the costs, the different types of aid programs and other consumer information.