Steps to apply for federal financial aid

Apply as soon as possible, the process can take 6-9 months (see recommended deadlines below). You will need to reapply for each school year. Students may apply for the 2013-2014 school year on January 1st 2013.

Here's what you'll need to do

Step 1 : If this is your first time completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you must first request a personal identification number (PIN) at You will use this to "sign" your application. If your parent will sign your application, he or she will also need a PIN.

Step 2 : Complete the FAFSA at Chemeketa's federal school code is 003218. If you or the parent(s) that are on your FAFSA filed taxes we recommend using the IRS data retrieval tool on the FAFSA to link the tax information.

Step 3 : When we receive your FAFSA data, we will send you instructions for any additional documents you will need to complete and return to the financial aid office.

Financial Aid Office
Chemeketa Community College
PO Box 14007
Salem OR 97309

Recommended application deadlines for 2013-2014

Enrollment term Recommended deadline for filing the 2013-2014 FAFSA Recommended deadline for submitting required documents to Chemeketa
Summer 2013 February 1, 2013 April 12, 2013
Fall 2013 March 29, 2013 June 28, 2013
Winter 2014 July 26, 2013 October 25, 2013
Spring 2014 November 1, 2013 January 17, 2014

Recommended application deadlines for 2012-2013

Enrollment term Recommended deadline for filing the 2012-2013 FAFSA Recommended deadline for submitting required documents to Chemeketa
Summer 2012 February 10, 2012 April 13, 2012
Fall 2012 March 30, 2012 June 29, 2012
Winter 2013 July 27, 2012 October 26, 2012
Spring 2013 November 2, 2012 January 18, 2013

Review process

When all the required items are completed and returned to our office, your file will move into the review process. Review can take up to 12 weeks or more from the time financial aid documents are received by Chemeketa.

Tax returns are no longer acceptable for verification. Students will need to turn in IRS tax return transcripts to verify tax information that has not been linked to their FAFSA with the IRS data retrieval tool. View this tutorial for instructions on using the IRS data retrieval tool.

You can access outstanding requirements in your My Chemeketa account.

Additional resources

Here are some tools to help you learn more about financial aid and how to fill out the FAFSA..

Financial Aid Learning Tutorial

7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA


If you have questions about your application, e-mail Financial Aid from your e-mail account on My Chemeketa or call 503.399.5018. Be sure to include your first and last name and your student ID number in your e-mail. (you can look up your student ID number in My Chemeketa). We'll be happy to help.

Call 503.399.5018
E-mail Financial Aid
Fax 503.399.5528
Visit us in Bldg. 2, Rm. 200, Salem campus.

The office is open from Noon-5 pm Monday-Thursday.