How to Apply

How to Apply

Students interested in applying for federal financial aid must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This may be done online at Use federal school code 036983 to add West Coast University as a school authorized to view your information.

Apply for a federal student aid ID (FSA ID) at Your FSA ID can be used each year to electronically sign and access your federal student aid records online. Your parent (if dependent) should also apply for his/her own FSA ID.

Although you can estimate income on the FAFSA, we recommend that all applicants and their spouses and/or parents process tax returns electronically and as early as possible. Doing so will enable you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which can make the FAFSA process easier, faster, and more accurate. Estimated income will have to be corrected to actual figures after tax returns have been filed with the IRS.

Students interested in applying for federal loans must complete online student loan counseling at

Our Financial Aid Office will provide you with an estimated award letter based on the information provided on the FAFSA. We may request additional documentation to support your request for financial assistance if your FAFSA is selected for verification or new information is received.

Financial Aid Award details will be posted to the online student portal when your financial aid file is complete.  To access the student portal, log in to and click on the Student Portal Home Page link.  Then click on the Financial Aid Award Letter link. 

Financial Aid is awarded on an academic-year basis and it is not automatically renewable. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted for each year of attendance.

Note: Undergraduate California residents attending a California campus will be considered for Cal Grants for the state of California if the FAFSA is completed and submitted by March 2nd of each year, and certified grade point average information is submitted to the California Student Aid Commissions by March 2nd of each year. 

Generally, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) functionality is available within two-three weeks after the IRS has accepted a tax return filed electronically if there is no tax amount owed or a refund is expected. If a tax amount is owed, generally tax returns are available within three-four weeks after full payment is made.