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Early Decision Applicants
If you are considering early decision, you have probably found that Santa Clara University is the environment that really matches up with your interests and needs. We want to make it possible for early decision students to enroll, so we do our best to provide attractive financial aid packages.
Steps to Apply for Financial Aid
1. You may apply for federal and state programs by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA on the Web offers a secure and convenient way to complete your application.
NOTE: You do not need to file your 2014 federal income tax return prior to completing the 2015-2016 FAFSA. Estimate your income on the FAFSA to the best of your ability. Once you have completed your 2014 federal income tax return, you will need to revise your 2015-2016 FAFSA information through FAFSA on the Web.
You (and your parents if they are required to supply information) will need to apply for a FSA ID. This FSA ID will serve as your electronic signature when you submit your FAFSA. When completing the FAFSA, be sure to include Santa Clara University's Title IV School Code 001326.
Remember to complete and submit your FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 of each year. Some federal aid programs have limited funding, and early applications receive priority consideration.
2. To be considered for the full range of SCU-awarded scholarships and grants, early decision applicants are required to complete a secondary application, the College Scholarship Service/Financial Aid PROFILE. Be sure to designate Santa Clara University as a recipient of the information, using the College Scholarship Service Code 4851.
NOTE: Students interested in only merit-based aid consideration are not required to complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.
3. California Residents: Submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form to be considered for the Cal Grant program. The GPA Verification Form must be completed and postmarked by March 2.
Most California high schools automatically submit students' GPAs. Check with your high school to make sure; if your high school does not automatically submit your GPA, obtain the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form and have your high school submit it to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).
Admission Application Deadline
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE priority Deadline
FAFSA priority Deadline
California Residents: Cal Grant GPA Verification Form Deadline