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San Diego State University

Financial Aid and Scholarships

How the Scholarship Affects a Student’s Financial Aid

Additional resources are considered

As part of San Diego State University’s participation in providing federal and state financial aid, federal law requires that the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships consider all resources when determining eligibility and awarding financial aid.

Those laws require that scholarships, in combination with the student’s calculated expected family contribution (EFC) and other financial aid, cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance (see below). Therefore, a scholarship may replace other financial aid, especially student and parent loan eligibility and, in some cases, grants. We will adjust the student's financial aid when needed.

Cost of attendance

Cost of attendance (COA) is the estimated cost to attend SDSU during the 9-month academic year. Individual costs may vary, but the COA reflects a modest, adequate living allowance. The components of a student’s cost of attendance include:

  • Tuition and registration fees
  • Books and supplies
  • Food and housing
  • Transportation
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses

Review SDSU’s current cost of attendance.