General Eligibility

All need-based financial aid awards and many other aid awards are determined in whole or in part by the information submitted as part of a student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students can submit their FAFSA to LMU even prior to applying for admission. The Financial Aid Office recommends applying for aid as soon as possible, beginning October 1st of each year; however, FAFSA information is only processed by LMU after a student receives an offer of admission.

To learn more about completing your FAFSA and financial aid eligibility at LMU, please review the information linked below:

California Dream Act for Undocumented Immigrant/(AB540) Students

  • the California Dream Act allows students who meet the AB540 criteria to apply for state aid as well as be considered for institutional aid. However, completing this application does not guarantee you will receive institutional aid.
  • You can find more information about the California Dream Act and how to apply at the California Student Aid Commission's website here.
  • To be considered for the Cal Grant and institutional aid you must also complete the Affidavit of Immigration Status.
  • If you have not applied for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) due to financial or other reasons please fill out the ‌Affidavit Regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Getting Started

Please follow the links below that correspond to your expected entering term to guide you through applying for financial aid at LMU.

  • All students are automatically considered for merit scholarships as part of the admission process; no separate application is necessary for merit scholarships. Students seeking admission for the Spring 2020 term who wish to be considered for additional need-based financial aid awards must meet and complete the following steps:

    Step 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    • LMU's Federal School Code: 001234
    • Students may complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA beginning October 1, 2018, at fafsa.gov
    • In order to electronically sign your FAFSA, you will need an FSA ID. Create an FSA ID
    • To ensure that you receive timely notification of your LMU financial aid award, complete your FAFSA by the priority deadline applicable to your admission period: 


    Financial Aid Dates and Deadlines Based on Admission Status: 


    Type of Student  
        


       FAFSA Deadline   
       


       Award Notification   
       


      First-Year Student  
       

     November 1, 2019

    Rolling - two weeks after admission


       Transfer Student   
       

     November 1, 2019

    Rolling - two weeks after admission



    Step 2: California Residents ONLY - Complete the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form

    The Cal Grant is awarded annually for applicants who qualify.

    First-Year Applicants:

    • The 2019-2020 Cal Grant GPA Verification Form must have been submitted to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) on March 2, 2019, deadline to be eligible for the Cal Grant for Spring 2020.
    • In addition to the GPA Verification form, students must also have completed the 2019-2020 FAFSA prior to March 2, 2019. 

    Transfer Applicants:

    • If you were previously enrolled at a California Community College, submit your Community College Cal Grant GPA Verification Form to California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).
    • Complete the Transfer Entitlement Certification Form (G-6) and submit it to CSAC. (Check CSAC's website for availability)
    • Submit an Official Copy of your High School Transcripts to LMU's Admissions Office.
    • If any additional information or documentation is required to complete your financial aid application, the Financial Aid Office will notify you or your parent(s) via PROWL.
    • Submission of all requested documents and forms within 10 days of them being requested via PROWL will ensure faster application processing.

    Note: The Financial Aid Office will communicate with you once you are admitted, and we will use the email address provided on your admission application and/or FAFSA application. Please be sure to provide an active email account and check it regularly for important announcements.

  • All students are automatically considered for merit scholarships as part of the admission process; no separate application is necessary for merit scholarships. Students seeking admission for the Fall 2020 term who wish to be considered for additional need-based financial aid awards must meet  and complete the following steps:

    Step 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    • LMU's Federal School Code: 001234
    • Students may complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA beginning October 1, 2019, at fafsa.gov
    • In order to electronically sign your FAFSA, you will need an FSA ID. Create an FSA ID
    • To ensure that you receive timely notification of your LMU financial aid award, complete your FAFSA by the priority deadline applicable to your admission period: 


    Financial Aid Dates and Deadlines Based on Admission Status for First-Year Students: 


       Decision Plan     
        


       FAFSA Deadline   
       


       Award Notification   
       


       Early Decision (Binding)   
       

     November 15, 2019

    late December 2019


       Early Action (Non-Binding)   
       

     January 15, 2020

    early February 2020


       Regular Decision   
       

     February 1, 2020

    early April 2020


    First-year students accepted under Early Decision

    • FAFSA filing deadline: November 15, 2019
    • Financial aid offer including merit-based awards, (to those who qualify) announced: late December 2019


    First-year students accepted under Early Action

    • FAFSA filing deadline: January 15, 2020
    • Financial aid offer including merit-based awards, (to those who qualify) announced: early February 2020


    First-year students accepted under Regular Decision

    • FASFA deadline: February 1, 2020
    • Financial aid offer including merit-based awards, (to those who qualify) announced: early April 2020

    The FAFSA can be filed at any time up until February 1, 2020, for consideration for LMU need-based financial aid awards. Earlier notification of scholarship and financial aid awards requires meeting the earlier FAFSA filing dates. Early Decision applicants seeking LMU need-based financial aid must file the FAFSA by November 15, 2019.


    Financial Aid Dates and Deadlines Based on Admission Status for Transfer Students: 

     

    Decision Plan     
       

     

    FAFSA Priority Deadline   
       

     

    Award Notification   
       


       Early Action (Non-Binding)   
       

    January 15, 2020

    early February 2020


       Regular Decision   
       

    March 2, 2020

    The first batch of awards will be released in early April 2020.  Beginning in mid-April 2020, awards will be released within two weeks after a student is admitted to the university.

     


    Step 2: California Residents ONLY - Complete the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form

    The Cal Grant is awarded annually for applicants who qualify.

    Freshman Applicants:

    • Submit the 2020-2021 Cal Grant GPA Verification Form by the March 2, 2020 deadline. Most California high schools are required to automatically submit the GPA Verification form for their students, but it is your responsibility to confirm the GPA Verification filing process at your school.
      • If your school does not automatically submit the GPA Verification Form, please follow these steps:
        • Download the 2020-2021 Cal Grant GPA Verification Form from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) website. Fill out the student portion of the form and sign it. Ask the registrar at the school you currently attend or most recently attended to complete the form. 
        • Make a copy for your records and mail the original to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).
    • In addition to the GPA Verification form, students must also complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA by March 2, 2020. Note that LMU's priority FAFSA deadline for all Freshman applicants is February 1, 2020. All applicants should complete their FAFSA by February 1, 2020, to ensure full consideration for all institutional, federal, and state need-based aid. Completing the FAFSA by March 2, 2020, meets the Cal Grant eligibility deadline, but students completing after February 1, 2020, may not be eligible for LMU need-based awards. 

    Transfer Applicants:

    • If you were previously enrolled at a California Community College, submit your Community College Cal Grant GPA Verification Form to California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) by March 2.
    • Complete the Transfer Entitlement Certification Form (G-6) and submit it to CSAC by March 2. (Check CSAC's website for availability)
    • Submit an Official Copy of your High School Transcripts to LMU's Admissions Office.
    • Three business days after your admission application is received by LMU, you will receive an email from LMU, giving you access to MyLMU and PROWL – your individualized LMU Financial Aid Planner.
    • If any additional information or documentation is required to complete your financial aid application, the Financial Aid Office will notify you or your parent(s) via PROWL.
    • Submission of all requested documents and forms within 10 days of them being requested via PROWL will ensure faster application processing.

    Note: Financial Aid will communicate with you once you are admitted, and we will use the email address provided on your admission application and/or FAFSA application. Please be sure to provide an active email account and check it regularly for important announcements.