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Understanding Financial Aid and Scholarships

The Fundamentals of Need Analysis

Need analysis is similar to an audit. When a student submits the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), their application and required tax forms are subjected to a Need Analysis. The Financial Aid Counselor reviews the financial portions of the application and verifies consistency between the application and the tax forms.

Census Date

The Census date at CSULB is the last day in which students are able to add and drop classes. The census ends about the fifth week of each semester. This is a crucial time for the Office of Financial Aid because they must review student enrollment status to see if financial aid packages must be adjusted based on students un-enrolling from classes.

Types of Scholarships

It is important to have a common understanding of what types of scholarships are available at CSULB.

On-Campus Scholarships

On-campus scholarships are defined as those that are established within CSULB departments or centers. The funds for these scholarships are maintained in Foundation accounts, but are administered by academic departments, centers, etc.

Off-Campus Scholarships

Off-campus scholarships are defined as scholarships that are established outside of CSULB. Foundations, organizations, and businesses administer these scholarships and are encouraged to send checks to Student Financial Services at CSU-Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840 for disbursement to students.