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Paying for Your Education

We want you to understand what your costs will be so that you can make informed choices as you and your family prepare for the next step in your education. With advanced planning and a little bit of creativity, you can make this investment affordable for your family. Read on to learn what you can do to prepare for paying your cost of attendance at SDSU. If you are an international student, please visit the International Tuition and Fees page.

Apply for Financial Aid

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov to be considered for all types of federal aid. Federal aid includes grants, student and parent loans, and work study:

  • Federal Pell Grants: Pell Grants are free money that you do not have to repay. These grants are awarded based on financial need.
  • Loans: Federal loan programs allow you to borrow funds for your education that you will repay after graduation at a low interest rate. A freshman may borrow $5,500 in federal loans. Parents may borrow up to the total cost after passing a credit evaluation for a Federal Parent PLUS Loan. Alternative loans, offered by private lenders, are more expensive. Borrow your limit in federal loans before seeking a private loan.
  • Work Study: The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program is a part-time employment program for students with financial need. With FWS you work for a qualifying employer and receive financial aid in the form of earnings each month. If you qualify for FWS, you must interview for the limited jobs that are available.

Attention California residents: You may also be eligible for Cal Grant funds, which are available only to California residents. To apply, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the GPA Verification Form by March 2. Contact your high school counselor or your community college financial aid office for the appropriate forms or find them online at www.fafsa.gov and www.csac.ca.gov.

Deadlines: As March 2 is the Cal Grant deadline, we encourage all students to complete the FAFSA by this date. If you complete your FAFSA by March 2 and submit all requested documents by April 1, your application will receive first priority evaluation. An application and documents submitted after these dates will receive second priority evaluation and aid awarded based on available funding.

IRS Data Retrieval: If you use estimated income information when completing your FAFSA, return to www.fafsa.gov and follow the instructions to make corrections using the IRS Data Retrieval process once you and your parents have submitted federal income tax returns to the IRS.

Apply for Scholarships

A scholarship is free money that is usually awarded based on your achievements and qualifications. Scholarships fall into two categories:

  • SDSU scholarships are competitive and each requires a separate application. Most have an early February deadline. Search and apply for SDSU scholarships at www.sdsu.edu/scholarships.
  • External scholarships may be awarded to students at any university. They are administered by organizations other than SDSU.

Finding Scholarships

We encourage you to apply for as many scholarships as possible. Try these scholarship resources:

  • Start your search with this list of external scholarships from SDSU's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
  • Ask about scholarships from your parents' workplaces or your church or civic organization.
  • Try scholarship search engines like www.scholarships.com or www.fastweb.com. But BEWARE of people or organizations wanting to charge you money. Scholarship and financial aid searches should ALWAYS be FREE!
  • Connect with SDSU on www.zinch.com and search through Zinch's database of close to $2 billion in scholarships.
  • Review this list of prestigious national scholarships from SDSU's Office of Academic Scholarships.

Estimated Costs of Attendance

For the most up-to-date information regarding tuition and fees refer to the Student Account Services website.

Undergraduate Estimated Costs for 2014–15

  UNDERGRADUATE CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS UNDERGRADUATE NONRESIDENTS
OUT-OF-STATE
UNDERGRADUATE NONRESIDENTS
INTERNATIONAL
Basic Tuition and Fees $6,866 $6,866 See International Tuition and Fees page.
Nonresident Tuition* 0 $11,160
On-Campus Food and Housing** $14,745 $14,745
Total*** $21,611 $32,771

* Nonresident tuition is based on 15 units each semester at $372 per unit.

** Freshmen from outside SDSU's local admission area are required to live on campus for their first year. Be sure to review the on-campus food and housing payment schedule at www.sdsu.edu/housing. Your total cost and payments will vary depending on the meal plan and room type (double, single) you request.

*** Plan for additional expenses that will increase your cost of attendance. For undergraduates, we estimate the average annual cost of books and supplies to be $1,762, transportation to be $1,420, and personal expenses to be $1,365. If these amounts match your personal situation, then you would add them to the overall cost of attendance listed above.

Graduate Estimated Costs for 2014–15

  GRADUATE CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS GRADUATE NONRESIDENTS
OUT-OF-STATE
GRADUATE NONRESIDENTS
INTERNATIONAL
Basic Tuition and Fees* $8,132 $8,132 See International Tuition and Fees page.
Nonresident Tuition** 0 $6,696
Estimated Off-Campus Food and Housing $12,408 $12,408
Total*** $20,540 $27,236

*Basic tuition and fees for first-time teacher credential students are $7,742. Graduate business students in selected degree programs pay an additional $254 per unit. Doctoral programs have different tuition and fee costs, check the Student Account Services website.

** Nonresident tuition is based on 9 units each semester at $372 per unit.

*** Plan for additional expenses that will increase your cost of attendance. For graduate students, we estimate the average annual cost of books and supplies to be $1,762; transportation to be $2,071, and personal expenses to be $1,365. If these amounts match your personal situation, then you would add them to the overall cost of attendance listed above.

Cost of Attendance Note

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Tuition and fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after initial tuition and fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by The Board of Trustees.