Apply for Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid at Mendocino College, review the menu items listed to the left. The information below provides a general overview of the process.








6 Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

Step 1: Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application CADAA

Students must file a FAFSA every year to determine their eligibility for financial aid. The application is available every October 1st. It is recommended that students file the FAFSA or CADAA prior to the March 2nd priority date in order to be considered for Cal Grants. 

The 2022-2023 FAFSA/CADAA covers Fall 2022, Spring 2023, and Summer 2023.

The 2021-2022 FAFSA/CADAA cover Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022.

FAFSA: If you are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or eligible non-citizen, complete the FAFSA to be reviewed for federal and state aid at For more information visit, Complete the FAFSA.

CADAA: If you are an undocumented student and meet the qualifications of AB 540 (Assembly Bill 540) complete the California Dream Act Application to be reviewed for state aid at For more information visit, Complete the Dream Act Application.

(Mendocino College's school code is 011672) 

Step 2: Submit Requested Documentation to the Financial Aid Office

Once the FAFSA has been submitted, Mendocino College will receive the student’s information for processing. If additional information is needed to process the file, the Financial Aid Office will use MyMendo to notify students. 

Step 3: Review Financial Aid Awards

After a student’s financial aid file is processed and completed, the awarding of eligible financial aid begins. Financial aid awards are based on the student’s eligibility for each particular aid program. Financial aid awards can be reviewed by visiting MyMendo.

Step 4: Apply for Scholarships

Students should visit to review the information available on scholarships. An application needs to be completed to be considered. Close attention must be paid to application requirements and deadlines. 

Step 5: Review Other Financial Aid Programs

Students are encouraged to visit and review information on available financial aid programs. There are multiple programs to help students fund their education. (Ex: Promise Grant, EOPS, Chafee Grant, etc.) 

Step 6: Receive Financial Aid

Based on a student’s eligibility, the first financial aid disbursements begin the first week of classes. A student must be enrolled, awarded and be meeting financial aid eligibility requirements to receive financial aid for the semester.