How does financial aid work for community college students? Often, it's as easy as filling out a free, online application for aid. Depending on your background and the kind of support you are seeking, you may find yourself needing to complete additional applications. But not to worry, we're here to guide you through the process so you can get the funds you need to pay for college.
San Diego Mesa College's School Code is 001275
Some applications for financial aid require that you provide our school code, 001275, to ensure that your application is sent to Mesa and you can receive the financial aid you qualify for.
Apply for Financial Aid Through the FAFSA
If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident applying for financial aid, the best place to start is by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You will need to fill out a new FAFSA for each year that you are enrolled at Mesa to determine the financial aid you qualify for given your unique background and financial status.
Apply for Financial Aid Through the Dream Act Application
If you are not a U.S. Citizen, you may still be eligible for financial aid through the Dream Act Application. You will need to reapply for each year that you are enrolled at Mesa to determine the financial aid you qualify for given your unique background and financial status. See if you meet the AB540 Criteria to help pay for college.
Need help filling out the application? Attend a CA Dream Act Workshop to get information and tips on applying for financial aid. View the upcoming workshop dates and register here to reserve your spot.
Once you have applied by submitting a FAFSA or a Dream Act Application, follow these steps:
If you are a California resident, an eligible AB 540 student, or an eligible AB 1899 student and meet at least one of the following eligibility requirements, you can apply for the CCPG to have your enrollment fees waived.
If you are a recent high school graduate, you may be eligible to apply for the San
Diego Promise, a two-year completion program that offers free tuition and specialized
support to qualifying students.
Learn more about the Promise Program at Mesa
To be eligible for the San Diego Promise you must:
Applying for scholarships can be a great way to lower the cost of college. Receive
financial support based on your demonstrated need, identity, accomplishments, and
more, and learn about Mesa's wide selection of scholarships for college students.
Explore scholarships and eligibility
Need a crash course on the different kinds of financial aid?
If you are unsure about the kinds of financial aid that are available to you, explore our financial aid guide and learn the difference between loans, grants, work study, and more!
Discover the different types of financial aid