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Claremont Graduate University can assist students with financial aid packages that may consist of fellowships, Federal Work Study, and Federal Direct Loans. Follow these steps to make the most of your financial aid opportunities.

International Students: Visit the International Students community for specific requirements.

Step 1: Create an FSA ID

What to Do:
Create an FSA ID at studentloans.gov.

What Does It Mean?
Your FSA ID will allow you access to your personal financial aid records and will serve as your electronic signature for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the application process for federal financial aid programs.

Step 2: File your FAFSA

What to Do:
Using your FSA ID, file the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov by the filing deadlines. CGU School Code is G01169.

What Does It Mean?
Filing the FAFSA is the first step toward getting federal aid for graduate school. The federal government has graduate loans programs for eligible students.

Step 3: Review Your Financial Aid Award

What to Do:
The CGU Financial Aid Office will notify you via email to review your financial aid award. You will be directed to our student portal to review your award.

What Does It Mean?
Once the FAFSA is processed by the Federal Government, CGU Financial Aid Office will determine your federal loan and work study eligibility. This process generally takes 7-10 business days after you submit the FAFSA.

Step 4: Finalize Loan Processes

What to Do:
Complete Loan Processes

  1. Online Entrance Counseling.
  2. Federal Direct Master Promissory Note (MPN).

What Does It Mean?
Complete online Entrance Counseling and the Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) at studentloans.gov. Both must be completed to finalize the loan process. Use your FSA ID to sign into studentloans.gov. If additional funds are needed to cover cost of education, complete the Federal Direct Grad PLUS Request at studentloans.gov.

Step 5: Explore Campus Jobs

What to Do:
Explore campus employment, work-study opportunities.

What Does It Mean?
If you are interested in working on campus, please view job opportunities on Handshake.

Step 6: Arrange Payments

What to Do:
View payment options and solidify payment arrangements with CGU Student Accounts Office.

What Does It Mean?
Arrangements must be made to pay the remaining balance of your tuition and fees (less financial aid) prior to the tuition deadline.

Questions?


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