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Financial Aid Application Process

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Steps for Apply for Financial Aid

STEP 1: Submit a FAFSA or Dream Act Application
Submit a FAFSA of Dream Act Application

For U.S. Citizens and Permanent Legal Residents (Green Card Holders, Refugee, etc.)

Mission College’s Federal School Code is: 014458

1. Go to: and select the correct year’s application
  • 2017-2018 for Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 (available October 1, 2016)
  • OR... 2018-2019 for Fall 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019 (available October 1, 2017)
2. Log in to: FAFSA or Federal Student Aid
  • FSA ID: Create a User Name and Password:
  • Click on “Create an FSA ID"
  • Follow directions. Enter your log-in and personal information and submit your FSA ID information.
3. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (if taxes filed)
  • Click on: Step-by-Step Directions for IRS Data Retrieval Tool
  • If IRS Data Retrieval Tool does not work order a Tax Return Transcript at

Need help? Visit the Financial Aid office

For AB 540/AB 2000/SB 68 and Undocumented Students Only:
For more information go to the Dreamer Student Resources

STEP 2: Processing of FAFSA or Dream Act Application
Processing of FAFSA or Dream Act Application

Allow 1-2 weeks for your FAFSA application to be processed and sent to the college

You will then receive two emails:

  1. From the Dept. of Education with your Student Aid Report (SAR)

Review SAR for accuracy and read “Comment Codes”

If corrections are made, allow additional 1-2 weeks to process corrected information

  1. From the Financial Aid Office confirming receipt of your FAFSA

Instructions are given to check the status on My Mission Portal

STEP 3: Submit Documents
Submit Documents

Check My Mission Portal to see what documents are required. Follow the steps below:

  • Log into My Mission Portal
  • Click Login - Student Portal
  • Click College Web Services
  • Enter User ID / PIN
  • Click the “Financial Aid” Tab
  • Click “Eligibility”
  • Click “Student Requirements”
  • Select “Aid Year” (Example: select 2017-2018 for Fall 2017)
  • Review “Unsatisfied Requirements” and Complete unsatisfied requirements and/or submit documents listed
  • Faxed, emailed or incomplete documents will not be accepted

If no requirements are listed, please contact the Financial Aid Office, SEC 118.

STEP 4: File Review
File Review

Files are reviewed in order of date received

During the file review process, additional documents may be requested

Check your My Mission Portal regularly for notifications

Files will not be reviewed until all required documents are submitted

Entire process may take a minimum 4-6 weeks (longer if corrections are needed/during start of semester)

STEP 6: Funds are Paid
Funds are Paid

Funds are paid through BankMobile.  For information visit the BankMobile Refund and Disbursement Process page.


If you don't qualify for a Pell Grant, don't give up! You may still be eligible for a variety of other types of financial assistance, including fee waivers and scholarships. To find out about these other options, ask the staff at the Financial Aid Office.

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