The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents to apply for and receive federal, state and institutional financial aid at colleges and universities nationwide.

How to Apply

  • 1 Submit the FAFSA
    Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Department of Education online at Be sure to list the Merced College school code, 001237, on your FAFSA.

    If it is your first time applying for FAFSA, you will need to create an FSA (Federal Student Aid) ID at for yourself. If you are a dependent student, at least one parent will need to create an FSA ID as well. You will use the FSA ID to sign your FAFSA and access your FAFSA account.

    The Department of Education analyzes and summarizes the information you will provide on the FAFSA and creates your Student Aid Report (SAR). You will receive an email once your FAFSA has been successfully processed.
  • 2 Check your student e-mail
    Check your Merced College student email often. You will receive an email regarding your next steps to your Merced College student email account from the Financial Aid Office once your FAFSA information has been received
  • 3 Submit documents
    Submit all required documents and keep checking your student email. You will receive a link to the verification system via email where additional documents need to be submitted. The link is login with your Merced College portal username and password.

    Create Your Account
    This is a one-time account creation. You will be asked for some basic information when creating your account. This information is used to validate your identity so that your electronic signature can be used on future forms.

    Four Easy Steps:
    1. Go to
    2. Login with your Merced College Portal Username and Password
    3. Enter/confirm your student information
    4. Click ‘Register Account’ button
    Once your account is created, any required tasks you need to complete will become available.

    Once you submit all documentation, the Financial Aid Office will review your file and e-mail you upon completion.


Documents You May Need 

  • Student/Parent Social Security Number.
  • Alien Registration Number, if not a U.S. Citizen.
  • Federal tax information & W-2's.
  • Records of any untaxed income.
  • Information on savings accounts, business and investments such as stocks, bonds, or rental properties. 

Need help? Use the "Chat Now button" in the bottom right corner or make an appointment with the Financial Aid Office.