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Financial Aid Application Checklist

Here’s the 2009/10 Financial Aid Application Checklist:

  1. Apply for Admission by January 15: To receive priority consideration for available financial aid funds, complete your admission application file on time.  Admitted students are automatically considered for some academic awards,  others have applications that you submit by their specific deadline.
  2. Get Your PIN (Personal Identification Number) at Plan to file your FAFSA online and e-sign it with a Federal Student Aid PIN. Students and parents may request PINs now. Having a PIN will make filing the online FAFSA a totally paperless process (but don't forget to print the confirmation page).
  3. Fill out the FAFSA online at This should be done within Pacific's priority filing period of January 1 - February 15  of the application year for Fall Applicants.

    If necessary, use estimated  2008 tax information to complete your FAFSA - then check your figures after tax returns are filed and submit any necessary corrections.

    Have your FAFSA information sent to Pacific by entering school code 001329.

    Please don't wait until you have been admitted to file your FAFSA.

    Pacific awards financial aid to students who apply after the priority period, but later awards may be less favorable.

    If you complete the FAFSA online and you (or your parents) don't have a PIN, be sure to print, sign, and mail the signature page. All online filers should print the confirmation page.

    If you file a paper FAFSA, keep a copy of the completed form. Get a Certificate of Mailing at the Post Office whenever you mail important documents.

  4. Apply for a Cal Grant (Californians Only): No later than March 2, file the FAFSA (making sure to list at least one California school) and either send your completed  Cal Grant Grade Point Avearage Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission or confirm that your school will submit your GPA for you.
    Transfer Students: These instructions are for new Cal Grant applicants. If you already have a Cal Grant, do not submit your GPA.

  5. Send copies of your 2008  tax returns: As soon as possible, send a signed complete copy of your 2008 U.S. income tax return or Online Filing documents to the Financial Aid Office.

    If parent information is required on your FAFSA, also send a copy of your parents' 2008 tax return.

    If a tax return will not be filed, we will provide a Non-Filer's Statement for you to fill out.

    Pacific may be able to award financial aid on the basis of your FAFSA alone, but no funds can be paid until the University has received and reviewed your current year income documentation.

  6. If needed, contact the Office of Financial Aid.