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Financial Aid and Scholarships

When to Apply for SDSU Scholarships

When is the earliest I can I apply for an SDSU scholarship?

You can apply for an SDSU scholarship once you have your Red ID (your student identification number). You receive a Red ID number within 5 days after you complete your application for admission.  Important: You must be admitted and enrolled to receive the scholarship funds.

Application cycles and deadlines

The majority of SDSU scholarships available through the Scholarship Search begin accepting applications in August. The search and application process is available all year with various deadlines depending on the major and the academic year for which the scholarship will be awarded. You may apply at any time, as long as your application is received by the scholarship's due date.

 SDSU Scholarship Application Deadlines
Application cycle
 Application deadlines
Award period
 August to October

 3 pm, Pacific Time
Thursday October 11, 2018 

 Academic year:

 August to February
 3 pm, Pacific Time
Friday February 8, 2019

 Academic year:

 August to May
3 pm, Pacific Time
Friday May 10, 2019  

 Academic year:



Please read each scholarship’s requirements carefully to determine the application deadline for that particular scholarship.  Most scholarships have one of three major deadlines.

Search early, search often

New scholarship opportunities with unique deadlines are posted throughout the year and sometimes deadlines are extended, so Search Early, and Search Often.

Late and incomplete submissions

All required application materials must be submitted by the deadline. Late and incomplete submissions will not be accepted.  If your application is incomplete, you will be able to view the action you need to take to complete it before the deadline by checking your award status on AidLink.

Need help?

Counselors are available to help you during business hours. Call (619) 594-6323.