Complete the FAFSA

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This application is used to apply for federal, state, and institutional need-based grant, loan, and work-study programs. To maximize your eligibility for all types of financial aid, you are encouraged to complete the FAFSA form by May 2. 

New and continuing students must complete a FAFSA application every year to be considered for federal, state, and institutional need-based financial aid.

Are you a DREAMer? Complete your CADAA here


Submit Your FAFSA

The 2024-25 FAFSA is now available to be completed.


Cal Lutheran's FAFSA school code: 001133

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2024-25 Aid Offer & FAFSA Processing Timeline

Update from the U.S. Department of Education

  • Schools are now receiving 2024-25 FAFSA's.
  • The ability to make FAFSA corrections online or add schools to your 2024-25 FAFSA will not be available until mid-April.
  • Additional flexibility has been given to students by significantly reducing verification requirements for the 2024-25 FAFSA.

What to Expect After Completing Your FAFSA

  • You will receive an email from the FAFSA processing center informing you that your FAFSA form has been fully processed, sent to the schools you listed, and that your FAFSA Submission Summary is now available on
    • If you do not receive an email confirmation, log in to your FAFSA and review which status your FAFSA application is in and take action as necessary.
    • If you filed a paper FAFSA, processing may take 2-3 additional weeks.
  • Once Cal Lutheran receives your FAFSA and is able to process it, you will receive an email confirmation from Cal Lutheran that your FAFSA has been received.

Official Financial Aid Offer Timeline

  • Newly Admitted First Year & Transfer Students
    • Financial Aid Offers - Cal Lutheran now anticipates that financial aid offers for incoming admitted students will be released in late April.
    • Enrollment Deposit Deadline - Please know that we will be flexible in working with you to ensure you have adequate time to consider your financial aid offer and make an informed decision on committing to Cal Lutheran next Fall.
  • Continuing Students
    • Financial Aid Offers - Cal Lutheran does not anticipate a delay in receiving your financial aid offers. Expected release of aid offers for continuing students is early June.

Prepare for the 2024-25 FAFSA

New for 2024-25: FAFSA Simplification Act

A recently passed law known as the FAFSA Simplification Act will enact a sweeping redesign of the processes and systems used to award federal student aid. A few of the changes include:

  • A new streamlined user experience for the FAFSA application
  • Redesigned need analysis and Pell formulas for expanded eligibility for federal student aid
  • Initial electronic consent from students, parents and spouse (as applicable) required for all applications


Summary of Major Changes


Video: FAFSA Simplification Overview


California Dream Act Application (CADAA)

Do these changes also affect the California Dream Act Application (CADAA)?
  • The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) plans to mirror the updates on the 2024-25 California Dream Act Application. More information will be shared once it becomes available.

California Dream Act Application


Disclaimer: The 2024-25 FAFSA changes are implemented by the U.S. Department of Education. Information on this page is subject to change as new information is released. For more information visit