Financial Aid

Completing the Financial Aid Application

The Office of the U.S. Department of Education is currently experiencing high wait times for calls and chats at 1-800-4FED-AID. If you need to speak with a customer service representative at Dept of Ed, you may wish to contact them between the hours of 4 and 7 p.m. ET when call and chat volumes are typically lower. If you have questions about the FSA ID, you can find the answers to frequently asked questions here.


Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

All applicants for federal and state financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA collects the family and financial information of the student. When the FAFSA is completed it is sent to a Federal processor and the information is put through an eligibility determining formula. The student must indicate Las Positas College ( Federal School Code 030357) as one of his/her intended colleges when completing the FAFSA.

FAFSA link

8 Steps to Financial Aid

Step 1

  • An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on ED websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) at You can use your FSA ID immediately to sign your FAFSA, but must wait for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify your information before you can use the FSA ID to create a renewal FAFSA, make corrections to your FAFSA, or view your SAR.
    Please note: Your FSA ID is used to sign legally binding documents electronically. It has the same legal status as a written signature. Don't give your FSA ID to anyone—not even to someone helping you fill out the FAFSA. Sharing your FSA ID could put you at risk of identity theft!

Step 2

  • Beginning January 1 of each year student files a FAFSA online at for the fall and spring semesters of the upcoming academic year.

  • FILE EARLY! The priority Cal Grant filing date is March 2.

  • Las Positas College's school code is 030357.

  • A FAFSA/renewal FAFSA must be filed every academic year.

Step 3

  • After the FAFSA is processed, the Student Aid Report (SAR) will be emailed to you from Department of Education or you can access it online at Make sure to read your SAR comments and make needed corrections.

Step 4

  • Las Positas College Financial Aid Office receives FAFSA data from the Department of Education (takes about a week).

Step 5

  • The Financial Aid Office sends emails to students requesting any additional necessary documents.

  • Check Class-Web for required missing documents.

Step 6

  • Students return all required documents to the Las Positas College Financial Aid Office. All documents are reviewed and additional information may be requested if needed. Any corrections are made.

  • File is complete and ready for awarding!

Step 7

  • The Financial Aid Office emails your award letter to your Zonemail account.

  • Please note: The amount of the award is based on full-time enrollment (12 units); students who enroll in less than 12 units will receive less financial aid based on enrolled units.

Step 8

The entire process can take 6-8 weeks, but can take much longer for students who apply late and don't follow through in a timely manner.

Remember, if you are attending more than one college at the same time, you may only receive federal financial aid at ONE of those colleges (with the EXCEPTION of the BOG Fee Waiver) - video


If you do not secure an FSA ID, you must print a copy of the signature sheet from your computer application, sign it, and forward it to the federal processor or bring it to LPC Financial Aid Office. The signature sheet is then matched with your electronic results and your electronic application will then be processed (allow approximately 2 weeks for processing once you send the signature sheet).


To determine the status of your FAFSA, once filed, contact 1-800-4FEDAID. They will email you confirmation that they have received your FAFSA. We will receive the FAFSA, from them, in about a week and you will be notified at your Zonemail account and then check Class-Web.

Methods of Filing a FAFSA Application
There are two ways to apply for aid:

Apply online, the fastest method. From any computer, apply online at the Department of Education's website You are welcome to use the computers, to apply online, at the Online Service Center (Next to Admissions and Records), Building 1600, Room 1670.

You may choose any of these three methods to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

  • Login to apply online (Recommended) or
  • Complete a PDF FAFSA (Note: PDF FAFSAs must be mailed for processing) or
  • Request a paper FAFSA by calling us at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 319-337-5665. If you are hearing impaired, contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913.



Helpful Tip:

Where is my FAFSA

Financial Aid

Building 1600
Room 1650 (second floor)
Tel: 925.424.1580
Fax: 925.449.6038

General Information

Federal School Code: 030357

We have an after-hours DROPBOX
located in the hallway between the
Admissions and Financial Aid Offices,
for your convenience.

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Page last modified: October 17, 2016