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Financial Aid and Scholarships

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Learn how to apply for financial aid by exploring the following topics:

Communicating with you

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will communicate with you via AidLink and email. Be sure to check both, regularly. 

  • AidLink gives you access to your latest SDSU financial aid information, 24 hours a day, every day. Watch a short video to learn more about AidLink.

Returning completed forms and documents to our office

FAFSA

To apply for financial aid at SDSU, complete the Free Application for Federal Aid, or FAFSA. Students of all class levels should complete the FAFSA to be considered for all types of state and federal aid: grants, work study, student and parent loans, and some scholarships.

Learn what students and parents need to do to complete the FAFSA, including:

    California Dream Act Application

    The California Dream Act allows students who are without lawful immigration status to receive certain financial aid, if eligible. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply.

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

    Learn about DACA, a federal status that gives 2 years of deferred action to certain individuals who are not in lawful immigration status and who entered the United States as minors.

    When to apply

    After January 1 each year, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, loans and work study. 

    • The FAFSA and instructions are online at the FAFSA website.
    • You may apply before being admitted to SDSU.

    Read more about SDSU's priority deadlines and when to apply.

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