How To Apply

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

View tutorials for First-Time FAFSA filers on Financial Aid TV.


Fill out application online at

Need help filling out the FAFSA online? We have workshops that will assist you with filling out the FAFSA online application.

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

Every TUESDAY at 12:00-2:00 PM

Building A, Welcome Center

College of Alameda Federal School Code for financial aid: 006720


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 and select “Check the Status of a Submitted FAFSA.”

Once your application is processed, please print out the SAR (student aid report) and bring it into the College of Alameda Financial Aid Office. Required forms to fill out can be picked up at the Financial Aid Office or can be downloaded from the Financial Aid Forms webpage. Please read careful instructions of what correct forms to print out before printing them out. Along with the required completion of forms, you might 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 W2 forms for student and parents (*if dependent)
  • Citizenship eligibility

Once you have submitted your forms, the Financial Aid Office will review your case and determine eligibility. The College of Alameda will contact you once your file has been reviewed. We will be contacting you via your Peralta e-mail account. Please activate and check your Peralta e-mail account.


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 2015-2016 video.