STEP 1: Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Department of Education online at

Be sure to list the Merced College school code, 001237, on your FAFSA. Before you start your FAFSA, you should apply for an FSA (Federal Student Aid) ID at for yourself.  If you are a dependent student, at least one parent will need an FSA ID as well. You will use the FSA ID to sign your online FAFSA. 

The Department of Education analyzes and summarizes the information you provide on the FAFSA and creates your Student Aid Report or SAR. You will receive an email once your FAFSA has been successfully processed.

STEP 2: Check your Merced College student email often.

You will receive an email in your Merced College student email account from the Financial Aid Office once your FAFSA information has been received.  If any additional information is needed, you will be directed to create your Merced College Financial Aid Online Verification account.

Financial Aid Services: Create Your Account

This is a one-time account creation. You will be asked for some basic information when creating your account. This information is used to validate your identity so that your electronic signature can be used on future forms.

Four Easy Steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Login with your Merced College Portal Username and Password
  3. Enter/confirm your student information
  4. Click ‘Register Account’ button

 Once your account is created, any required tasks you need to complete will become available.

STEP 3: Submit all required documents and keep checking your student email.

Once you submit all financial aid documentation, a Financial Aid Advisor will review your file. Submit all documents as soon as possible after you receive the email from the Financial Aid Office.  Do not wait until school starts or you enroll in classes because you may not receive your financial aid at the start of the semester.