Steps to Applying for Financial Aid
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Application Process - Steps to Applying for Financial Aid

Collect financial related documents for the student and his/her parents if applicable (e.g., tax returns, payroll stubs, bank account statements, etc.) to facilitate the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADA). To learn about the documents you may need to reference, please visit the FAFSA website at or the California Dream Act Application website at

Apply by submitting the FAFSA or CADA online. Your financial aid application should be completed as soon as possible after October 1 of each year. The California priority deadline for submission of the FAFSA or CADA is March 2 of each year. El Camino College's Federal School Code is 001197.

Once you have submitted the FASFA, a Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent to you electronically if you provided an email address on the FAFSA, or via U.S. mail if you did not provide an email address on the FAFSA. Once you receive the SAR, please review it carefully to ensure that all of the information on the report is accurate. If corrections or updates need to be made, please log into the FAFSA website to make corrections.

Log in to your El Camino College issued email account (MyECC). All communication from the El Camino College Financial Aid Office will be sent to you via email or posted on your MyECC account. For example, your estimated award letter* will include information about your eligibility for federal and state financial aid, the awards (CCPG, Cal Grant, Pell, SEOG, Work Study, etc) and dollar amounts awarded to you. *An award letter is based on full time (12 units) enrollment and subject to change based on academic eligibility and availability of federal funds.

Sign up for your refund/disbursement preference (direct deposit to an existing checking account, debit card, or paper check) to receive your financial aid. Students should select a refund preference at