Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Make a Plan

We want you to understand what your costs will be so that you can make informed choices as you and your family prepare for the next step in your education. Review the cost of attendance, which includes basic tuition and fees, housing, transportation, books, and personal expenses. With advanced planning and a little bit of creativity, you can make this investment affordable for your family.

Please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for help with planning on how to finance your education.

Apply for Financial Aid

Federal and state financial aid programs (grants, part-time jobs, and student and parent loans) are awarded to students who apply and meet eligibility requirements.

To begin the financial aid application process:

  • If you have not done so already, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Be sure to use the IRS data retrieval option when completing your FAFSA to reduce errors and list SDSU's federal school code (001151) on your FAFSA.
  • By March 2, California residents need to submit a GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission to be considered for a Cal Grant.

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

Apply for Scholarships

A scholarship is free money that is usually awarded based on your achievements and qualifications. Scholarships fall into two categories:

  • SDSU scholarships are competitive and each requires a separate application. Most have an early February deadline.
  • External scholarships may be awarded to students at any university. They are administered by organizations other than SDSU.

Visit the How to Apply for an SDSU Scholarship page on the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website to learn about the SDSU scholarship application process.

Learn more about applying to external scholarships by reviewing External Scholarships and Scholarship Resources on the Scholarships page of the SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website.