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San Diego State University

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Eligibility and Your Financial Aid Award

To be eligible for federal financial aid from SDSU you must:

  • Be a United States citizen, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen
  • Be admitted to a degree or credential program at SDSU
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Be eligible for aid according to federal and state regulations
  • Reapply for aid each year

Eligibility for students who meet AB 540 requirements

The California Dream Act allows students who are without lawful immigration status to receive certain financial aid, if they meet certain criteria, as defined by California State Assembly Bill 540. Find out more about the California Dream Act and AB 540 requirements.

Ineligibility for financial aid

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will send you an email notice directing you to AidLink if you are not eligible for financial aid.

Reasons for ineligibility include:

Accepting or declining a financial aid award

  • You do not need to take any action to accept a grant award.  All grants are assumed accepted.
  • Activate only the amount of loan you need to meet your expenses for the academic year.
  • You have the right to decline any or all of your financial aid award.

The amount of your SDSU awards

If you are eligible and do not decline aid, the amount and types of aid you receive will depend upon many factors, including:

Eligibility topics:

  • Calculating your eligibility
    Learn about your Cost of Attendance (COA), university housing costs, your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), estimating your financial aid using the Net Price Calculator, and more.
  • When you can view your initial award
    You will receive an email notice instructing you to log in to AidLink to review your award when it's available. Learn about the process.
  • Adjustments to your initial award
    Your first award notice is based on on the assumption that you will be enrolled full time. Award amounts may be adjusted for various reasons, including a change in your enrollment status.
  • Change in financial situation after FAFSA
    What to do if you experience a change in resources, income, or special circumstances not addressed on the original FAFSA.
  • When your expenses exceed your award
    What expenses may be considered for an award adjustment and how to request a budget increase.

Estimating Cost of Attendance (COA)

Learn about your Cost of Attendance (COA), including university housing costs, your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), estimating your financial aid using the Net Price Calculator, and more. 

Eligibility formula

{COA minus EFC minus other financial assistance} = maximum eligibility

Learn the basic calculation to determine your financial aid eligibility (financial need).