Financial Assistance

Cal State LA Road to Financial Aid brochure coverDo you need help financing your education? The decisions you make now, such as negotiating student loan borrowing amounts, can impact you for many years following graduation. Financial trouble may have a negative impact on academic performance, can lead to withdrawal, and loan default. It is very important to manage your finances early by understanding the importance of developing and maintaining a budget, prioritizing wants and needs, and preparing for the repayment process.

There are several financial aid opportunities available to students who wish to complete their Degree or an approved Certificate Program at Cal State LA Downtown.

Students are encouraged to apply for federal aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.

View/download the Roadmap for Financial Aid brochure on the right or here.


To be eligible for Financial Aid, students must:

  • Have a completed FAFSA application (Free Application for Student Aid) on file with Center for Student Financial Aid. California State University, Los Angeles school code (001140).
  • Be a “matriculated” Cal State LA-PAGE/DTLA student admitted into a Degree-granting or approved Certificate program. Matriculated students include those who have been formally admitted to Cal State LA and enrolled while pursuing an authorized degree, credential or certificate.
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units (1/2 time enrollment).
  • Meet all requirements of the SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) policy.

Application and Deadlines

(California State University, Los Angeles school code: 001140)
FAFSA Checklist and Information (also see Resources below)
Priority Deadline: March 2, 2020
FAFSA 2020-2021 Academic Year: Application opens October 1, 2019

Financial Aid Roadmap

To apply for financial aid follow the steps in the Financial Aid Roadmap.

View/download the Roadmap for Financial Aid brochure here.


Private Loans

Federal financial aid is currently not available for the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program and the Project Management Certificate Program.

Cal State LA Downtown provides the following information, but does not endorse nor have any affiliation with the lenders listed below. PaGE works with all private loan lenders and students are not required to select a lender from this list. The lenders listed below are provided as a guide when considering private loan programs. To apply, please contact the lender(s) directly and/or visit their website for further assistance.

The following lenders offer private loans that may provide financial assistance:

Smart Option - Sallie Mae
- Use code 001140-98 when you apply
Collegiate Student Loan - Wells Fargo
- Use school code 001140-70
- Select "Technical/Trade/Continuing Education"
- Read Loan Disclosure here.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Tom Lau, financial aid advisor