Getting Started

Valencia FAFSA Code: 006750

  1. Apply for degree. Choose the degree you will seek. To receive financial aid, you must seek a degree program or one of the Technical Certificate (T.C.) programs that are approved for financial aid listed at If you are undecided, you can get help from a campus Career Center or on–line through your Atlas Account using the LifeMap Tools.

  2. Request transcripts. Federal regulations require all students applying for financial aid to provide the Admissions Office with documentation certifying your high school graduation, GED or home school credential.

    Transfer students: Be sure to add Valencia’s Title IV code 006750 to your FAFSA.

    If you are a college transfer student seeking a degree or technical certificate, you must submit all official final academic transcripts from each college or university attended. These must be evaluated for transfer credit before you will be considered for financial aid.

    If you are currently attending another college or university, have the official academic transcript sent at the end of the term once all grades for classes are listed. Transfer credits must be included in the calculation for Satisfactory Academic Progress. There are three satisfactory progress requirements:

    1. You must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average, and
    2. You must successfully complete at least 67% of the courses you attempt at all colleges, and
    3. You may attempt no more than 150% of the total credit hours in your degree or certificate program.

    If you attended another college, the courses you took at that college will be considered in the evaluation of your progress. Your financial aid eligibility cannot be determined until we have received all of the required transcripts. Please allow adequate time (at least 30 days) for the evaluation.

  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at Enter Valencia’s School Code (006750) as a school who will receive the results of your FAFSA and allow at least 2 weeks for your form to be processed. Review the FAFSA Tutorial provided by the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB).

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

    • Apply online (Recommended) or
    • Complete a PDF FAFSA (Note: PDF FAFSAs must be mailed for processing) or
    • Request a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 1-319-337-5665. If you are hearing impaired, please contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913.
    • The top Frequently Asked Questions about the FAFSA
  4. Follow up on additional information requests. Steps 1–3 only get you started. After that, additional forms and documents may be needed to verify your eligibility, to complete your academic record, or to request student loans and scholarships.