Financial Aid


Easier FAFSA For Students and Families

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When we see potential in a student, we do our best to make sure tuition doesn't get in the way of their future. That’s why 91% percent of Saint Mary's students receive some form of financial aid. Helping students access quality education is part of our Lasallian heritage.

Many students find the best combination of state, federal, and Saint Mary’s grants, need-based and non-need-based government and private loans, and merit-based scholarships.  On average, Saint Mary's students received $36,780 for the 2020-21 academic year.

Please also see information below on scholarships, resources, financial literacy programs, and professional judgement information.

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How to Apply for Financial Aid

It’s important to fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. We can’t offer you any aid until we've received your completed forms. If have questions or need assistance with the FAFSA, the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) offers 'Cash For College' Workshops for students and families. 

Net Price Calculator

Every student’s financial situation is unique. Use this tool to estimate how much your family will be expected to contribute—and how much aid you could potentially receive.

Financial Aid Resources

Not sure where to begin? Check out these helpful resources to navigate the financial aid process.

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Financial Literacy Programs

For many, paying for college is their first major financial investment. That’s why Saint Mary’s has partnered with University Credit Union and ECMC to give students tools to understand and navigate their financing. University Credit Union offers services to assist students with paying for college, 'money basics' and 'financial wellness'. ECMC offers services to assist students with navigating the repayment of their loans.


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Professional Judgement

Professional Judgment refers to the authority of a college’s financial aid office to make adjustments to the data elements on the FAFSA (special circumstances) and/or to adjust a student's dependency status (unusual circumstances) on a case by case basis. If you and/or your family have such circumstances please see link below...