Steps to apply for federal financial aid

Apply as soon as possible, the process can take six months (see recommended deadlines below). You will need to reapply for each school year. Students may apply for the 2015-2016 school year on or after January 1, 2015.

Here's what you 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 as well.

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 2015-2016

Enrollment term Recommended deadline for filing the 2015-2016 FAFSA Recommended deadline for submitting required documents to Chemeketa
Summer 2015 January 30, 2015 April 10, 2015
Fall 2015 March 27, 2015 June 26, 2015
Winter 2016 September 11, 2015 October 23, 2015
Spring 2016 December 18, 2015 February 5, 2016

Recommended application deadlines for 2014-2015

Enrollment term Recommended deadline for filing the 2014-2015 FAFSA Recommended deadline for submitting required documents to Chemeketa
Summer 2014 January 31, 2014 April 11, 2014
Fall 2014 March 28, 2014 June 27, 2014
Winter 2015 July 25, 2014 October 24, 2014
Spring 2015 October 31, 2014 January 16, 2015

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

How to Fill Out 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.