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Fall 2015 Admitted First-Time Freshmen

Step 3—Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Make a Plan

It's time to decide how you and your family will finance your SDSU education. Take into account your overall cost of attendance, which includes basic tuition and fees, housing, transportation, books, and personal expenses. By combining grants, loans, scholarships, part-time employment, savings, and contributions from your family, you can make this investment affordable.

Apply for Financial Aid

San Diego State University provides federal and state financial aid (grants, part-time jobs, and student and parent loans) to students who apply and meet eligibility requirements. You should also apply for scholarships. Log into AidLink, SDSU's online financial aid information system, to check the status of your SDSU financial aid and scholarship applications at any time.

How to Apply

To begin the financial aid application process:

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1. (Estimate your income information as you may correct it after submitting your tax return to the Internal Revenue Service.)
  • By March 2, complete your FAFSA online and be sure to list SDSU's federal school code of 001151.
  • By March 2, California residents need to submit a GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission to be considered for Cal Grant.

SDSU receives your information electronically one week after you submit your FAFSA online to the Federal Student Aid Processing Center.

Priority Deadlines

Applications are reviewed and aid awarded throughout the year based on available funding. Some grant funds are limited so apply early and submit documents as soon as requested.

To receive first priority evaluation of your eligibility for all financial aid programs, apply between January 1 and March 2 and, by April 1, submit all financial aid documents requested.

  • By March 2, your FAFSA must be complete and accepted (not rejected for errors) with SDSU’s federal school code of 001151.
  • By April 1, submit requested documents.
    An application and documents submitted after these dates will receive second priority evaluation and aid awarded based on available funding at the time.

E-Mail and AidLink

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (OFAS) uses e-mail to communicate with you about documentation you need to submit to determine your award. Once awarded you will be notified by e-mail message and will be able to view your award notification online through AidLink.

AidLink is our secure Web-based, self-service system that enables you to keep informed about your financial aid and SDSU scholarship applications. Log on to AidLink to monitor your financial aid information and application status, download and print documents you need to submit, activate your student loans, and more. Go to the SDSU WebPortal and select E-Mail/Address Update to make sure your valid e-mail address is on record.

Your Financial Aid Award and Disbursement

Log on to AidLink to view your financial aid award notification. Your eligibility for federal and state grants, work study, and educational loans is determined by SDSU’s standard cost of attendance, your expected family contribution as calculated from information you reported on your FAFSA, and other resources you will be receiving. 

If you are registered for classes and your aid is available, payment toward university charges and direct deposit of funds to your designated bank account begins August 25. Direct Deposit is the only method available to receive the balance of your financial aid and scholarship awards after paying university charges. To sign up for direct deposit and to view your university charges and payments, log on to your student account at the Student Account Services Web site. 

When your financial aid is disbursed, amounts due from basic tuition and fees and housing will be deducted automatically from awarded aid. Student Account Services sends you an e-mail message and you may view the transactions in your Student Account.

Apply for SDSU Scholarships

Scholarship awards are given to recognize and encourage individual talents, academic achievement, leadership skills, and the determination to succeed in spite of significant hardships.

To begin the SDSU scholarship application process:

  1. 1.Go to the SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships Web site.
  2. Click the "Search for Scholarships" button to use SDSU's free online search tool.
  3. Select scholarships for which you meet the eligibility requirements.
  4. Apply by submitting a separate online application and essay for each scholarships

Some SDSU scholarships require additional application materials such as a letter of recommendation. Review each scholarship’s application requirements carefully.

SDSU scholarship applications are available online and are due no later than February 10, 2016. Some scholarship applications may be due by May 11, 2016. Most applicants are notified of their eligibility by late spring.
Regularly check AidLink for your application and award status and the Scholarships Web site for additional scholarship opportunities posted throughout the year.
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Apply for External Scholarships

Countless scholarships are awarded each year by organizations other than SDSU. You can find scholarships for almost any talent, background, or qualification. Start your search with this list of external scholarships from SDSU's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.