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Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • It's FAFSA time - File your 2020-21 FAFSA now!
  • SDSU Scholarship Search. Search Early, Search Often
  • How to use AidLink

File your 2020-21 FAFSA!

File your 2020-21 FAFSA as soon after October 1st as possible. Check AidLink regularly and submit all required documents.

SDSU Scholarships Search Tool

Use the free search tool to find SDSU Scholarships for which you meet the eligibility requirements.

How to use AidLink

Find out how to use AidLink, our online financial aid system.


    Your loan servicer can help you consolidate loans or apply for loan forgivness at no extra cost!
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      AidLink is a secure online account that gives you 24-7 access to your financial aid and scholarship records and applications.
    • square purple button that reads FAFSA
      FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid. All SDSU students should complete the FAFSA to be considered for all types of state and federal aid including grants, work study, student and parent loans, and some scholarships.
    • square purple button that reads Financial Aid
      Learn about types of aid, your eligibility, how to apply, how to get your funds, and how to estimate your cost of attendance at SDSU.
    • square purple button that reads Scholarships
      Learn about scholarships available through SDSU and about non-SDSU scholarships: how to apply, eligibility, essay writing tips, and more.
    • square purple button that reads Satisfactory Academic Progress
      Learn about your responsibility to maintain satisfactory academic progress, and how your grades, units, and enrollment affect the financial aid you receive.
    • square purple button that reads Disbursement
      Disbursement means the payment of money. Find out about how and when your financial aid and/or scholarship money is paid to you.

    The difference between loans, work study, grants, and scholarships

    A loan must be repaid to the lender, plus interest. Income from a work study job is earned by students hired to work, and it is taxable. Grants and scholarships do not have to be repaid.

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    SDSU federal school code: 001151

    Videos and tutorials

     Find videos and tutorials to help you complete your applications and receive aid!

    Economic Crisis Response Team

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    Visit the ECRT website
    to request assistance if you or a student you know has an immediate, temporary food or housing need.