• Where do I Start?

    1. Apply for a PIN

    The U.S. Department of Education has developed electronic alternatives for applying for Financial Aid. Using one of the electronic procedures, you may reduce the processing time of your application by 2-3 weeks. Students must apply for an electronic PIN (Personal Identification Number). You only need to apply for a PIN once and you can use your assigned PIN each year you apply. This PIN serves as the student's electronic signature as well as enabling the student to access their account information. For more information on the PIN, log on to www.pin.ed.gov. Dependent students should have at least one parent apply for a PIN also.

    2. Complete FAFSA - Deadline: May 1

    In order to qualify for financial aid, you must first submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application, along with additional documentation, helps determine your eligibility for financial aid. Once your application is processed by the federal processor, you and the schools you have selected will be notified of the results.

    FAFSA on the Web can be found at www.fafsa.gov. This application procedure is also available in Spanish. Your FAFSA and supporting documents should be on file no later than the Priority Deadline: May 1. Apply as early as possible! Any application received after May 1 will be processed on a funds available basis.

    First-Time Applicants:

    • Print and complete a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet.
    • Tell us if you want to sign your application electronically using your Federal Student Aid Personal Identification Number (PIN).
    • If you are a dependent student, one of your parents will also have to sign your application. Your parent can also sign electronically with a PIN, too.

    After completing the application on the Web, you submit the application electronically and either mail your signature page or utilize your PIN which serves as your electronic signature. NOTE: Dependent students must have one parent sign the signature page unless their parent has also obtained a PIN. After signing your FAFSA, you should receive your SAR within 3 days is an email address is provided on your FAFSA. Otherwise, it will be mailed to you within 2-3 weeks.


    Complete the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA using the following:

    1. An actual Federal Income Tax Return for you and/or your parents.
    2. Social Security benefits (1099) SSA-SM statement, TANF statement, child support statements.
    3. Documents from other sources of income (veteran's benefits, retirement benefits, etc.).
    4. Renewal FAFSA users must have the PIN number.

    As long as you listed Del Mar College (code 003563) on your FAFSA, you are not required to bring the SAR to the Financial Aid Office. We will receive an Electronic Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) with your FAFSA. The results of the FAFSA and the timing of when your financial aid file is complete, will determine what financial aid you are eligible to receive.

    3. Complete Resource Application


  • Did You Know?

    Serving Hispanic Students
    According to the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, Del Mar College consistently ranks among the top fifty community colleges in the nation granting Associate degrees to Hispanic students.