Student Affairs

Financial Aid

Student financial aid programs are intended to provide assistance to students who do not have the necessary financial resources to meet their educational costs. Most students qualify for some type of assistance. For resources that recognize academic achievement, refer to the following information on scholarships. Only United States citizens and eligible noncitizens can receive financial aid.

Information about all state and federal aid programs and institutional aid programs is available from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, Student Services, Room 3605, 619-594-6323. Information about the available programs as well as the academic standards that a student must maintain to remain eligible for such aid can be accessed at http://www.sdsu.edu/financialaid.

Applying for Aid

Applicants who want to be considered for all types of state and federal financial aid should apply as soon after January 1 as possible by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Since new California grant program applicants must apply by March 2, we strongly encourage all applicants to apply by this date.

The FAFSA is all you need to begin the application process. You may apply by using FAFSA on the Web at http:// www.fafsa.gov.

Applications are reviewed and aid awarded throughout the year based on available funding. To receive first priority evaluation of your eligibility for all financial aid programs, complete the FAFSA by March 2 and, by April 1, submit all financial aid documents requested. An application and documents submitted after these dates will receive second priority evaluation and aid awarded based on available funding at the time.

Cost of Living

San Diego State University establishes standard student budgets in coordination with the California State University system that meet federal requirements. Student budgets, updated annually to account for inflation are currently:

Costs of Attendance for the 2011-2013 Academic Year for the Imperial Valley Campus

 

 

Living off Campus Commuting from Home
Registration fee $5,706 $5,706
Books and Supplies $1,717 $1,717
Food and housing $10,891 $3,994
Transportation $1,772 $1,426
Miscellaneous/Personal $2,906 $2,995
     
Total $22,992 $15,838

 

The academic year registration fee for a post-baccalaureate student is $6,972 and $6,582 for a teaching credential student. In addition to the registration fee, nonresident (foreign and out-of-state) students pay tuition of $372 per unit (see Schedule of Fees section). All fees and costs are subject to change without notice.

Refund Policy

Information concerning the refund policy of San Diego State University for the return of unearned tuition and fees or other refundable portions of institutional charges is available from the University Cashiers Office, 760-768-5514. Information concerning San Diego State University policies regarding the return of unearned aid to the federal Title IV student assistance programs is available from the Financial Aid Office, (760) 768-5502 .

E-Mail and the Internet

The SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships uses e-mail and the Internet to communicate with aid applicants about documentation needed, disbursement holds, and awards. Go to the SDSU WebPortal at http://www.sdsu.edu/portal and select E-mail/Address Update to make sure there is a valid e-mail address on record for you. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships home page and secure Web site, AidLink, have been enhanced to streamline the application and award process for SDSU students. Use AidLink at http://www.sdsu.edu/financialaid to view your personal financial aid information, download and print documents you need to submit, activate your student loan, and more