Financial Aid Checklist for New Students
2019-20 Financial Aid Checklist
- Follow these steps to be considered for grants, loans and work-study.
- Pacific will award financial aid on the basis of your FAFSA, but if your FAFSA is
selected for verification, the funds cannot be paid into your student account until
we have received and reviewed 2017 verification documents.
- The Office of Financial Aid will contact students who are selected for verification.
Step 1 — Apply for Admission
- Admitted students who have filed a 2019-20 FAFSA will be notified of their financial
Step 2 — Create an FSA ID
Step 3 — File the 2019-20 FAFSA online via fafsa.gov
- Have your FAFSA information sent to Pacific by entering school code 001329 (Please
Note: Pacific does not accept the CSS Profile).
- If you complete the FAFSA online and your parent does not have an FSA ID or does not
have a Social Security number, be sure to print, sign and mail the signature page.
All online filers should print the confirmation page.
- Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) on the FAFSA:
- To use the DRT, log on to the FAFSA website and proceed to the parent and/or student
financial section where there will be a box labeled "IRS Data Retrieval Tool."
- Provide the requested information and you will be directed to the IRS's website, where
you will authorize the IRS to transfer your tax information onto the FAFSA.
- You will then be directed back to the FAFSA website, where you will sign and resubmit
your FAFSA with Pacific's school code, 001329.
- If the FAFSA is not resubmitted after the DRT is used, the tax information will not
transfer to Pacific.
Step 4 — Cal Grant Awards
For additional information, please visit the Cal Grant website and our Cal Grant Webpage.
- Understand and manage your Cal Grant award.
- Update your address, email or school of attendance.
The California Student Aid Commission communicates with students using their email
address on file so it is critical that you keep this information updated.
- Post a leave of absence.
- Allow a third party (such as a parent or guardian) access to your Cal Grant information.
- Satisfy outstanding requirements.
Step 5 — Complete your file (only if selected for verification)
Verification is a process in which the U.S. Department of Education requires schools to collect
documents to verify the information submitted by you and/or your parent(s) on the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Schools are prohibited from awarding/disbursing
financial aid until the verification process is completed by the Office of Financial
- It is important not to submit any documentation unless requested to do so by the Office
of Financial Aid.
- If your FAFSA is selected for verification, you will be contacted by the Office of
Financial Aid through your u.pacific.edu student email.
- If selected, the Office of Financial Aid will send you a link to create an account
through "Verify My FAFSA" secure website, where you and/or your parent can submit
and electronically sign your verification documents.
- Monitor your student email account for communications from the Office of Financial
New and returning students: view your Financial Aid Awards by using your PacificNet
View a list of Pacific scholarships offered by various units throughout the university.
Gap Grants offer one-time, supplemental support to selected students who are experiencing
financial insecurity. They are a tool through which Pacific assists students with
developing a sustainable financial plan and are not intended to cover a student’s
entire outstanding balance.