We want each student to have access to the financial aid assistance they need to obtain an affordable education. Depending on your financial circumstance, it may not be realistic to expect financial aid to cover the complete cost of attending college. Even with the option of aid, you and your parents (if applicable) are expected to be the primary contributors to your college expenses.
To be eligible to receive financial aid you must:
As long as you are considered a dependent, you will need to provide your parents' income and financial information when applying for aid. Use the following criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education to determine your dependency status so you can provide the correct information on your financial aid application(s).
You are not considered a dependent if you:
All other students will be considered dependent and must provide their parents' information when applying for financial aid. The unwillingness of your parents to sign or provide the required information, or being self-supporting are not valid justifications to be considered independent. If you feel you have an extenuating circumstance, please visit the Financial Aid Office.
If you are an international student at Mesa, you will be responsible for paying all mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, enrollment fees, and health services fees. Financial aid is not available to F-1 visa international students, however, you are eligible to apply for scholarships to help defray the cost of attending college in the United States.Learn how to apply for college scholarships
If you are enrolled in all online classes you will need to provide proof of identity in person at the Financial Aid Office in order to clear your first Grant or Loan disbursement. If you reside outside of San Diego County, you may provide proof of identity with an original notarized form and signatures. If your legal or mailing address is located outside of California and you are attempting to enroll in online classes only, you will be unable to enroll and therefore be ineligible for financial aid.Learn more about residency and eligibility