Applying for Aid

How to Apply

Click the link below for information about applying for aid for the particular group:

Prospective Undergraduate Students

Click the tab below that corresponds to your expected entering term to guide you through applying for financial aid at LMU.  For any other students, click the corresponding link to your student type in the "How to Apply" section above.

  • Deadlines and Notifications

    ADMISSION DECISION PLAN

    LMU INSTITUTIONAL NEED-BASED AID APPLICATION DEADLINE

    FAFSA OR CALIFORNIA DREAM ACT APPLICATION DEADLINE

    AID OFFER NOTIFICATION

    Early Decision

    November 15, 2023

    March 15, 2024

    Late December

    Early Action

    January 15, 2024

    March 15, 2024

    Early February

    Early Decision II

    February 5, 2024

    March 15, 2024

    Late February/Early March

    Gap Program

    February 5, 2024

    March 15, 2024

    Late February/Early March

    Regular Decision (Transfer)

    February 19, 2024

    March 15, 2024

    Early March

    Regular Decision (First-Year)

    March 6, 2024

    March 15, 2024

    Early April

    Transfers admitted after February 7, 2024

    Two weeks after your admission date

    Three weeks after your admission date

    Within three weeks of your admission date

    First-year students admitted after March 2, 2024

    Two weeks after your admission date

    Three weeks after your admission date

    Within three weeks of your admission date

    The U.S. Department of Education has made major changes to the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form which has caused a significant delay in the release of completed FAFSA records to schools.  Colleges and universities - including LMU - use the information from the FAFSA to determine if and how much need-based financial aid students may qualify for.  Due to the delay, LMU required students students to complete the "LMU Institutional Need-Based Aid Application" prior to the release of the 2024-2025 FAFSA.  At this time, you can submit a FAFSA record for consideration for need-based aid (grants, work-study, loans).  If the student is only seeking merit-based scholarship aid, no additional application is needed.

     

    Completing the FAFSA or California DREAM Act Application

    Prospective students who are U.S. citizens and are seeking need-based financial aid (grants, work-study, and loans) are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Prospective students who are non-citizens, residents of the state of California, and attending a California-based high school can review the California Dream Act Application section below. 

    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    All need-based financial aid and other aid types 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. LMU Financial Aid recommends applying for aid as soon as possible.  FAFSA information is only processed by LMU after a student receives an offer of admission.

    • LMU's Federal School Code: 001234
    • Students must complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA at studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa 
    • In order to electronically sign your FAFSA, you and a parent will need an FSA ID. Create an FSA ID
    • Prospective students must complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by the state of California's May 2, 2024 deadline to be considered for the Cal Grant.

    California Dream Act/AB 540 Application (CA Dream Act Application)

    • The California Dream Act allows students who meet the AB 540 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 completed the California Dream Act Application (CADAA), please notify LMU Financial Aid by emailing us at finaid@lmu.edu or calling our office at 310-338-2753.  Make sure to provide your full name, LMU ID number, and the date your application was completed.
    • Prospective students must complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by the state of California's May 2, 2024 deadline to be considered for the Cal Grant.

    Prospective Students who are California Residents - Complete the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form

    The Cal Grant is awarded annually for applicants who qualify each year.

    First-Year Applicants:

    • Submit the 2024-2025 Cal Grant GPA Verification Form by the state of California's March 4, 2024 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.
      • Download the 2024-2025 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).
      • If your school does not automatically submit the GPA Verification Form, please follow these steps:
    • In addition to the GPA Verification form, students must also complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by May 2, 2024.

    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 4, 2024.
    • Complete the Transfer Entitlement Certification Form (G-6) and submit it to CSAC by March 4, 2024. (Check CSAC's website for availability)
    • Submit an Official Copy of your High School Transcripts to LMU Transfer Admission.
    • If any additional information or documentation is required to complete your financial aid application, LMU Financial Aid will notify you or your parent(s) via the Admission portal.
    • Submission of all requested documents and forms within 10 days of them being requested via the Admission portal will ensure faster application processing.

    Note: LMU 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/CADAA 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 Spring 2025 term who wish to be considered for additional need-based financial aid awards must complete the following steps:

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

    • LMU's Federal School Code: 001234
    • Students must complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA at studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
    • In order to electronically sign your FAFSA, you and a parent 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, 2024

    Rolling - two weeks after admission


       Transfer Student   
       

     November 1, 2024

    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 2024-2025 Cal Grant GPA Verification Form must have been submitted to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) by March 4, 2024, the state of California's deadline to be eligible for the Cal Grant for Spring 2025.
    • In addition to the GPA Verification form, students must also have completed the 2024-2025 FAFSA prior to May 2, 2025. 

    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 Transfer Admission.
    • If any additional information or documentation is required to complete your financial aid application, LMU Financial Aid 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: LMU 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.