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San Diego State University

Financial Aid and Scholarships

When Funds Are Available and How You Will Know

When are funds available to you? Beginning the Thursday before classes start each semester, Student Account Services starts releasing funds to pay university charges and by Direct Deposit.

Note that your university costs may increase because of out-of-state tuition, class fees, or special program costs that are added after all aid has been disbursed.

How you will know when funds are available to you

Student Account Services will send you an email when they:

  • Release funds to pay your university charges, and / or
  • Deposit funds to your designated bank account

After receiving this email, log in to your Student Account to view:

  • How and when funds were applied toward your university charges
  • Financial aid and scholarships disbursed to you (indicated as a “Refund” for funds deposited to your designated bank account)
  • All university charges and payments to your account

Parent Plus, Study Abroad, and CSU Visitor Program:

Parent PLUS Loan borrowers

  • Student Account Services will begin releasing funds the first week of class if:
    • You have met all of the conditions to receive funds
    • Your parent borrower received approval for the loan and signed an electronic master promissory note 
  • Parent PLUS Loans are mailed to the parent borrower after all university charges have been paid for the semester. The parent borrower has the option to authorize excess loan funds be deposited to the student's bank account.

Study abroad participants

  • Student Account Services will deposit funds to your bank account once they receive confirmation from your host campus that you have arrived at SDSU and started attending classes. (Note that you must also meet required conditions to receive your funds.)

CSU Visitor Program participants

How Your Award is Disbursed

Your financial aid award is disbursed:

  • First to help pay basic tuition and fees
  • Then to help pay out-of-state tuition, if not a California resident
  • Then to help pay on-campus housing and meal plan charges
  • Remaining funds, if any, are deposited to your designated bank account