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San Diego State University

Joint PhD Program in Education

Financial Aid

Financial Assistance

Important: If you are enrolled concurrently at both SDSU (home institution) and another campus (host institution) You may receive financial aid from either institution, but not from both institutions during the same semester. The campus at which you are enrolled determines where you will receive financial aid. If you choose to receive your financial aid through SDSU, you must Complete the Doctoral Program Enrollment Questionnaire that will be available through AidLink after we receive your FAFSA information. Complete a Verification of Enrollment for Joint Doctoral Program Students form, if you are enrolled in less than 5 units at SDSU (home institution). This form is also available through AidLink.

A limited number of teaching assistantships, research assistantships and fellowships are available through the Program on a competitive basis. In addition, individual departments can sometimes provide graduate assistantships to doctoral students through grants awarded to the departments.

Information about scholarships and fellowships can be obtained from the SDSU Scholarship Office. Graduate students are eligible for University scholarships that may be applied to fees for Claremont as well as San Diego State course work. The Scholarship Office also has information about private sources of scholarships and fellowships for which doctoral students may qualify.

The SDSU Financial Aid Office can provide information about loan programs available to doctoral students.

SDSU Scholarship Application Deadlines

Application Cycle

Application Deadlines Award Period
August to October

3 PM Pacific Time
Friday, October 9, 2015

Academic Year: 2015 - 2016

 August to February

3 PM Pacific Time
Friday, February 12, 2016

Academic Year: 2016 - 2017
            August to May
 3 PM Pacific Time
Friday, May 13, 2016
      Academic Year: 2016 - 2017
Financial Programs and Resources


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Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP)

The California State University provides funds each year for the purpose of increasing the diversity of qualified applicants for instructional faculty positions at its various campuses. This program offers loans of up to $10,000 per year to a total of $30,000 while the student is enrolled full time in a doctoral program at an approved and accredited institution. Loans are subsequently forgiven at a rate of 20 percent for each year of full-time teaching in the CSU. Enrollment or employment in the CSU is not required of applicants for this program. 

Receipt of the award and successful completion of a doctoral program does not guarantee a faculty position in the CSU. In the event that the student does not or cannot obtain such a faculty position, the loan must be repaid at an interest rate comparable to that of other graduate student loans. 

Additional information and application forms are available at the SDSU Graduate Division Office, Centennial Hall 3320.

For a video describing the program, click here. 

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SDSU Research Foundation

The SDSU Foundation web page offers extensive resources for individuals seeking grant support through public and private sources.


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The FinAid Web site offers the individual student a useful resource for seeking out potential sources of financial support.



The Grants web page provides additional potential sources of support for research programs and fellowships.

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