Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

Follow these easy steps to apply for financial aid. 


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.

If You Need Additional Help

If you need assistance, contact us.

Contact Financial Aid

Submit a FAFSA or Dream Act Application

For U.S. Citizens and Permanent Legal Residents (Green Card Holders, Refugees, etc.) Mission College’s Federal School Code is: 014458

  1. Go to: and select the correct year’s application
    • 2021-22 for Fall 21, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 (available October 1) - Requires 2019 income.
    • 2022-23 for Fall 22, Spring 2023 and Summer 2023 (available October 1) - Requires 2020 income.
  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.
      • ** AB 540/AB 2000/SB 68 and Undocumented or DACA students- Complete the California Dream Act Application. 
  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: Complete the California Dream Act Application.

Processing of FAFSA or Dream Act Application

Allow one to two weeks for your FAFSA or Dream Act application to be processed and sent to the college for review. When you submit your application, you will 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.)
  2. From the Financial Aid Office confirming receipt of your FAFSA.(Instructions are given to check the status on My Mission Portal)
Submit Documents

Check My Mission Portal to see what documents are required as part of your application. Follow the steps below:

  1. Log into My Mission Portal.
  2. Click Login - Student Portal.
  3. Click College Web Services.
  4. Enter User ID/PIN.
  5. Click the “Financial Aid” Tab.
  6. Click “Eligibility”.
  7. Click “Student Requirements”.
  8. Select “Aid Year” (Example: select 2021-2022 for Fall 2021).
  9. Review “Unsatisfied Requirements” and Complete unsatisfied requirements and/or submit documents listed.
  10. Incomplete documents will not be accepted.

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

File Review

Files are reviewed by FA staff 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 four to six weeks (longer if corrections are needed/during start of semester.) Completed files are reviewed to determine eligibility, and students can check their financial aid award on My Mission Portal.

Funds are Paid

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