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 workstudy programs. To maximize your eligibility for all types of financial aid, you are encouraged to complete the FAFSA form by March 2nd each year. 

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

Submit Your FAFSA

The 2024-25 FAFSA application will be made available by December 31st, 2023.

When prompted by the FAFSA, be sure to use Cal Lutheran's School Code: 001133



Note: If you are not eligible to file a FAFSA, please visit the CADAA (California Dream Act Application) to learn more regarding potential eligibility.

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

Prepare for the 2024-25 FAFSA

Create or reconfirm your FSA ID
  • An FSA ID is an account and password that gives you access to the Federal Student Aid’s online system and serves as your electronic signature.
  • Everyone required to provide information on the FAFSA (contributor) must have their own FSA ID.
  • Get started here
Gather your tax information
  • You will need to provide tax information for the student and their parents or stepparents, if applicable. 
Steps to complete the FAFSA
  • Go to and log in with your FSA ID.
  • Complete the Student Section of the FAFSA.
  • Indicate any contributors to your FAFSA. This includes your parents or stepparents (if you are a dependent student) and your spouse (if applicable).
  • Ask your contributors to create FSA IDs and complete their sections of the FAFSA.
  • Review your FAFSA and submit it.
Additional Tips
  • Start early. Some FAFSA funds are processed on a first-come, first-served basis, so submitting it as early as possible is best.
  • Be accurate. Provide complete and accurate information on the FAFSA. Any errors or omissions could delay your application or even make you ineligible for financial aid.
  • Keep copies of all supporting documents. If selected by Federal Student Aid, you may be asked to provide copies of your tax returns, W-2s, and other documents to verify your information.
  • Contact us for help if you have any questions about the FAFSA or need assistance completing it.

Watch a quick video about the changes

Additional Information

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

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