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Financial Aid

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 Services West, 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

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 $1,746
Food and housing $10,891 $4,062
Transportation $1,803 $1,451
Miscellaneous/Personal $1,337 $1,337
Total $21,668 $14,302


The academic year basic tuition and fees for teacher credential students are $7,642. Basic tuition and fees are $8,032 for post-baccalaureate students, $12,412 for education doctoral (Ed.D.) students, and $17,442 for physical therapydoctoral 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 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 systemwide 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 systemwide 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).

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 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 to view your personal financial aid information, download and print documents you need to submit, activate your student loan, and more.