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Financial Aid

Degree programs at CSU Bakersfield are eligible for financial aid. The CSUB Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships administers a number of financial aid programs that may include grants, loans, and scholarships. The information on this page is for general use and not intended as financial aid advising. Students planning to apply for financial aid should visit the CSUB’s Financial Aid & Scholarships website -

CSU Bakersfield’s federal school code is 007993.

General financial aid tips and information:

  • Priority date for filing for financial aid is March 2nd. Financial aid applications are typically available October 1st.

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Late applications are accepted after the priority date, but awards to late applicants depend upon the availability of remaining funds. Processing of the FAFSA by electronic submission is 7-14 days faster than submitting a paper application.

  • The schools listed on your FAFSA will receive electronic copies of your student aid report (SAR) and is used for financial aid eligibility calculations. Once your award is determined, you will receive a financial aid award letter via e-mail. Review it carefully, and follow the instructions included with the award letter.

  • Your fees will be deducted from your financial aid disbursement once your award is verified by CSU Bakersfield Extended Education. Should your financial aid not disburse, you will be financially responsible for all fees.

  • Keep in touch with the financial aid office.

  • Maintain your own file of all financial records, and copies of all documents that you send to complete your financial aid file.

  • Students must be admitted to the university to be eligible for financial aid.

Generally, certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid. However, we offer payment plans and other financial arrangements for each program. See the Tuition and Fees section of each program for payment options.

CSUB Financial Aid