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COVID-19 Update

Due to the current state of emergency, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship has moved to alternate delivery of service.  That means our staff are not on campus and will be telecommuting until further notice. The best way to reach us is via email:  Please include your Name and CSUB ID number in your email. We will be checking and responding to email during normal business hours. It is possible some responses may be delayed while we work through this transition, but we will do our best to respond in a timely manner.

The most efficient and secure way to submit your documents is through the Confidential Document Submission Portal.

Processing Timeline

The following is a tentative timeline for financial aid application and processing:

  • October 1-March 2: Complete the FAFSA on the web or CA Dream Act for the upcoming academic year.
  • February: Required verification documents will start to be posted to students' myCSUB to-do list.
  • February-June 1: Students should submit completed verification documents/forms requested by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships to be awarded financial aid.
  • March 2: Priority deadline to submit the FAFSA to the federal processor for on-time financial aid consideration.
  • Mid-to-late March: Award notifications will start to be sent to on-time applicants.
  • June 1: Document submission deadline for 2020-2021
  • August: Fall classes begin.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Priority Filing Period: October 1 to March 2: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

CA Dream Act

Priority Filing Period: October 1 to March 2: CA Dream Act

Verification Documents

Verification is the process of confirming information reported by you and your parents or spouse on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is accurate. Each year, applicants nationwide are selected by the Federal Central Processing System for verification by the school. Selected applicants will need to submit all verification documents to the school before financial aid eligibility can be determined.

What do I need to submit?

  1. Check your myCSUB Financial Aid "To-Do List" to view any necessary paperwork.
  2. Return this paperwork as soon as possible (CSUB Document Submission deadline is July 1st for the fall term); your aid will be on hold until these forms are returned and processed.

What happens to my information?

The required forms and documents you submitted for verification will be compared to the information reported on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If the provided information does not match what is shown on your FAFSA, we will submit changes to the FAFSA processor. After all changes are made to your FAFSA data, CSUB will review your eligibility for financial aid.

Disbursement & Credit Balance Refunding

Once you have been awarded and accepted financial aid, and you have registered in the appropriate number of units, your financial aid will be disbursed into your CSUB student account for the corresponding term (which will occur no sooner than 10 days prior to the beginning of that term).

Once aid is disbursed into your university account, it will be credited toward any outstanding tuition fees or charges (please be aware that federal regulations prohibit us from automatically deducting prior year balances from current year aid. Thus, prior year balances must be paid by the student in cash, credit, or check).

If there is any remaining credit balance, a refund check will be issued to you via BankMobile Disbursements. As soon as possible, please log into your myCSUB account and click on Manage Your Refunds to create your BankMobile user account and select a refunding preference: deposit to existing account, deposit to BankMobile VIBE account, or mailed check. If you have questions about this process, please contact Student Financial Services at or call at (661)654-3225.

CSUB Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

California State University, Bakersfield
Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
48 SA
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022 

Phone: (661) 654-3016
Fax: (661) 654-6800

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Federal School Code: 007993

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