I Have Been Admitted

Fall 2019 Admitted Graduate Students

Congratulations on your admission to San Diego State University! Completing the Steps to Enroll will start you on the path to joining the SDSU community.

Follow the Steps to Enroll

To officially accept your offer of admission and reserve your place for fall 2019, you must complete the 6 Steps to Enroll.

Complete Your Intent to Enroll

To officially accept your offer of admission, you must submit the online Intent to Enroll by the deadline indicated in your SDSU WebPortal. While some programs may require admitted students to notify them if they intend on attending, the official acceptance of the offer of admission can only be done through the online Intent to Enroll in the SDSU WebPortal. In these cases admitted students must complete both requirements to officially accept the offer of admission. If you do not submit the Intent to Enroll by the deadline, it will be assumed that you do not plan to attend SDSU and your offer of admission will be canceled.

The Intent to Enroll requires a $400 nonrefundable and nontransferable deposit, paid electronically through your SDSU WebPortal. The $400 deposit will apply toward your fall basic tuition and fees.

Once you submit your Intent to Enroll, you will receive an email with instructions on how to activate your SDSUid account. Complete the steps in the email to activate your account.

It is very important that you complete this step. You will use your SDSUid to log in to multiple systems at SDSU, which are used for business and academic purposes.

Final Official Transcripts

  • If you are an applicant with a bachelor's degree in progress at the time of admission, you are required to complete the degree prior to enrolling in your first semester at SDSU. A final official transcript with proof of degree, must be provided to Graduate Admissions no later than the end of the first semester of enrollment. Failure to submit the final transcript will result in a registration hold being placed on your record.
  • If you do not complete the bachelor's degree prior to enrolling, then you are not eligible for admission. There are no exceptions to this policy.
  • If you are an applicant with any other coursework in progress at the time of admission, you are required to provide a final official transcript to Graduate Admissions no later than the end of the first semester of enrollment.

SDSU provides federal and state financial aid (grants, part-time jobs and student loans), as well as private alternative loans and a variety of scholarships for eligible students. Use AidLink, SDSU's online financial aid information system, to check the status of your SDSU financial aid and scholarship applications at any time.

Apply for Financial Aid

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

To begin the financial aid application process:

  • 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 SDSU Scholarships

A scholarship is free money that is usually awarded based on your achievements and qualifications. To be awarded, you must apply.

SDSU scholarships are competitive and each requires a separate application and essay. Some require additional application materials such as a letter of recommendation. Review each scholarship's application requirements carefully.

To begin the SDSU scholarship application process:

You will be notified of your eligibility by late spring. Check AidLink regularly for your application and award status and the SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website for additional scholarship opportunities posted throughout the year.

Apply for External Scholarships

Organizations other than SDSU award countless scholarships each year. Students are encouraged to apply for as many scholarships as possible. To get started, review External Scholarships and Scholarship Resources on the SDSU scholarships website.

Apply for Fellowship Programs

Fellowships provide financial support to graduate students and are usually awarded based on academic achievements and qualifications. To be awarded, you must apply.

There are countless fellowships offered both by SDSU and other organizations. Fellowships are competitive and considered the most prestigious form of financial support available. Each requires a separate application and additional requirements. Review each fellowship's application requirements carefully.

To get started, visit the Graduate Affairs website.

Guidelines for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Priority Deadlines

Financial aid and scholarship applications are reviewed and aid is 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 October 1 and March 2 and submit all financial aid documents requested by April 1.

  • 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.

Financial aid and scholarship applications and documents submitted after these dates will receive second priority evaluation and aid awarded based on available funding at the time.

Email and AidLink

The SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships uses email and your AidLink account to communicate with you about documentation you need to submit to determine your award. Once awarded, you will be notified by email and you will be able to view your award through AidLink. We use the email address on record in your SDSU WebPortal account.

AidLink is our secure web-based, self-service system that enables you to keep informed about your financial aid and SDSU scholarship applications. Log in 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.

Your Financial Aid Award and Disbursement

Log in to AidLink to view your Financial Aid Estimate. 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 20. 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 in to your student account at the Student Account Services website.

When your financial aid is disbursed, amounts due from basic tuition and fees will be deducted automatically from awarded aid. Student Account Services will send you an email and you may view the transactions in your student account.

Payment of the basic tuition and fees is required before the registration date and time indicated in your SDSU WebPortal. You will receive an email notice in late June instructing you to go to My Registration in your SDSU WebPortal for your registration date and fee payment information. You must pay these fees by the payment deadline using the Student Account Services website. After your first semester, you are responsible for checking your SDSU WebPortal account for this information.

Things to do before attending New Student Orientation:

If you are eligible for financial aid basic tuition and fee payment postponement, you may delay payment. You can determine your eligibility for financial aid fee payment postponement by accessing My Registration in your SDSU WebPortal account. When your financial aid is disbursed, amounts due for basic tuition and fees will be deducted automatically from the amount you receive. If your aid is unavailable or insufficient to cover all of your fees, you are responsible for paying your fees.

Any unpaid fees or additional fees incurred, due to lab fees or units added, will be billed to you after the schedule adjustment deadline. Student Account Services will send you an email directing you to the Student Account Services website so that you can download and pay your balance. It is a good idea to check your student account (select Online Student Account Services) every few weeks in case you do not receive an email. The Billing Statement Dates schedule is located on the Student Account Services website.

Estimated Costs of Attendance

For the most up-to-date information regarding tuition and fees refer to Tuition and Other Fees on the Student Account Services website.

*Note: The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory system wide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory system wide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028-66028.6 of the Education Code).

All students must meet specific immunization requirements. Please visit the Student Health Services website for the latest information regarding immunization requirements.

Health Care Insurance

SDSU Student Health Services is a vital program, but it does not cover medical emergencies, after-hours care, a full range of medical specialists, hospital facilities, or health care services outside the area. It is recommended that students arrange with their health plan to have a local primary care physician. While the university does not provide accident or health insurance coverage to students, we do have several services available to assist students with obtaining or utilizing their health care.

Health insurance or health care is an important part of taking care of one's own health and well-being and there are mandates and policies that require individuals to have health insurance. Students can meet with a Community Resource Specialist at the Health Promotion Department to learn more about their health insurance, find local providers who accept their insurance, know where to go in an emergency, or to access specialists. Students can also meet with a staff member if they are looking to obtain health care or to want to better understand their options. To make an appointment call (619) 594-4133. Students can also access health care options through www.CoveredCA.com.

Your personal registration information will be available through your SDSU WebPortal account. Under My Registration you will find your personal registration date and time, fee payment information, and registration holds. You will not be allowed to register for classes until you have paid your basic tuition and fees.

Graduate Enrollment

  • Full-time enrollment for a graduate student is a minimum of 9 units of coursework numbered 500 through 999.
  • Half-time enrollment for a graduate student is a minimum of 5 units of coursework numbered 500 through 999.

Please contact your graduate program for assistance in selecting your classes. You should also consult the Graduate Bulletin for a full listing of classes required by your program of study.

SDSU is committed to offering advanced student programs of the highest quality with a wide range of faculty expertise, research opportunities, and academic support services. You are expected to review the Orientation and Handbook for New Graduate Students, which provides an overview of graduate programs and policies.

Additionally, some graduate departments offer program specific orientations leading up to the start of the academic year. You will be notified by your department of your program's orientation date and time.