Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Students of all class levels should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for all types of state and federal aid: grants, work study, student and parent loans. and some scholarships.
The FAFSA application and instructions are available on the FAFSA website.
- FAFSA - when to apply:
Learn when to file to receive priority evaluation. Includes
instructions for both new and returning SDSU students, as well as first
time Cal Grant and Middle Class Scholarship applicants.
- IRS data retrieval: File your IRS tax returns early if you will be applying for financial aid.
Complete your IRS tax returns as soon as possible so that you can use
the IRS Data Retrieval process when you complete your FAFSA. Using IRS
data retrieval will make completing your FAFSA faster, easier, and more
- Order an IRS Tax Return Transcript:
In most cases, using IRS data retrieval to complete the FAFSA is more
convenient. However, you may find that you need to order a Tax Return
Transcript to document the information you provided on your FAFSA. You
can order a transcript online or by phone.
Helpful FAFSA video
For help, watch this video: 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA
You will need:
- The SDSU Federal School Code number - 001151
- A Federal Student Aid ID
The Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID
Information on the FAFSA website explains how students and parents apply for an FSA ID.
Your FSA ID will be your electronic identifier that enables you to:
- Complete, sign, and submit your FAFSA online, and
- Access your personal information in various U.S. Department of Education systems
Parent information on the FAFSA
Your parents must provide information on the FAFSA if you answer "No" to all of the student status questions in the "Dependency Determination" section of the FAFSA. Parent information is required even if you do not live with or receive any financial support from your parents.
The Federal Need Analysis formula requires that this information be collected and used to measure your parents' ability to assist you with your educational costs.
Some FAFSA applications are selected for verification. Verification
is a process to confirm the information you provided on your FAFSA.
Learn what to do if your application is selected for verification.