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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. Only United States citizens and eligible noncitizens can receive federal financial aid. For resources that recognize academic achievement, refer to the following information on scholarships.
Information about all state, federal, and institutional aid programs is available from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, Student Affairs Building, 760-768-5507. 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.ed.gov. For California Dream Act-eligible students, complete the California Dream Act application at http://dream.csac.ca.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 2015-2016 Academic Year for the Imperial Valley Campus
|Living off Campus||Commuting from Home|
|Books and Supplies||$1,804||$1,804|
|Food and housing||$11,444||$4,197|
The academic year basic tuition and fees for teacher credential students are $6,582. Basic tuition and fees are $6,972 for post-baccalaureate students, $12,622 for education doctoral (Ed.D.) students, and $17,652 for physical therapy doctoral students. Graduate business students in selected degree programs pay an additional $254 per unit (refer to the Professional Program Fee information). Nonresident tuition is an additional $372 per unit.
All fees and costs are subject to change without notice.
The California State University (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 initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees.
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, 760-768-5507.
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 website, 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.