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San Diego State University

Financial Aid and Scholarships

When Your Expenses Exceed the Award Amount

Actual costs may vary from the standard Cost of Attendance depending upon an individual priorities and obligations.

Certain expenses could be considered for an adjustment to your award (usually an increase to your student or parent loan), including:

  • Childcare
  • Costs related to a disability
  • Extraordinary medical expenses

Requesting an increase

To request an increase to your standard costs, complete a Student’s Request for a Budget Increase form.

  • Note: An increase of Federal Direct Student Loan and/or Parent PLUS Loan eligibility are usually what is available for an approved request. A request to increase a loan is limited to one per semester for each type of loan.