Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

View tutorials for First-Time FAFSA filers

Step 1: Fill out application online at

Need help filling out the FAFSA online? We have financial aid hands-on workshops that will assist you with filling out the FAFSA online application.

Free Workshops on Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

For financial aid hands-on workshops schedule, click here.

College of Alameda Federal School Code for financial aid: 006720

Step 2: Your application will be processed and you will receive an e-mail with a link to your Student Aid Report (SAR). If you did not provide an e-mail address, you will receive your SAR by mail. You should review your SAR for any necessary corrections or updates. If you do not hear from the U.S. Department of Education Federal Processing, go to

There may be required forms and/or documents that you and/or your parent(s) need to fill out.  These forms can be picked up at the Financial Aid Office or can be downloaded from the Financial Aid Forms webpage. Please check your Student Center to-do list to see what forms and/or document(s) you need to submit. You may also be required to bring along these documents:


Be prepared to submit a photocopy of the following documents:

  • Academic Transcripts (from other Colleges attended)
  • Social security Card
  • Drivers License or California ID
  • High School Diploma/GED or ability to Benefit results
  • Verification Worksheet
  • IRS tax transcripts  and IRS W2  for student and parents (*if dependent)
  • Citizenship eligibility

Step 3: Once you have submitted your forms, the Financial Aid Office will review your case and determine your eligibility. The College of Alameda Financial Aid department will contact you once your file has been reviewed. We will be contacting you via your Peralta e-mail account and/or your phone number listed on your Student Center. Please activate and check your Peralta e-mail account.

Step 4: Log on to Passport and go to your Student Center for the most updated information on your financial aid award.

Still have questions? Consult the Frequently Asked Questions sheet.

Renewing your FAFSA? Review the 2017-2018 video