Step 2—Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

San Diego State University provides federal and state financial aid (grants, part-time jobs and student loans), as well as private alternative loans and a variety of scholarships for eligible students. You will use AidLink, SDSU’s online financial aid information system, to check the status of your SDSU financial aid and scholarship applications at any time.

Apply for Financial Aid

Federal and state financial aid programs (grants, part-time jobs, and student loans) are awarded to students who apply and meet eligibility requirements.

To begin the financial aid application process:

SDSU receives your information electronically one week after you submit your FAFSA online to the Federal Student Aid Processing Center.

Apply for SDSU Scholarships

A scholarship is free money that is usually awarded based on your achievements and qualifications. To be awarded, you must apply.

SDSU scholarships are competitive and each requires a separate application and essay. Some require additional application materials such as a letter of recommendation. Review each scholarship’s application requirements carefully.

To begin the SDSU scholarship application process:

You are notified of your eligibility by late spring. Check AidLink regularly for your application and award status and the SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website for additional scholarship opportunities posted throughout the year.

Apply for External Scholarships

Organizations other than SDSU award countless scholarships each year. Students are encouraged to apply for as many scholarships as possible. To get started, review “External Scholarships” and “Scholarship Resources” at the SDSU scholarships website.

Apply for Fellowship Programs

Fellowships provide financial support to graduate students and are usually awarded based on academic achievements and qualifications. To be awarded, you must apply.

There are countless fellowships offered both by SDSU and other organizations. Fellowships are competitive and considered the most prestigious form of financial support available. Each requires a separate application and additional requirements. Review each fellowship’s application requirements carefully.

To get started, visit the Graduate and Research Affairs website.

Priority Deadlines

Financial aid and scholarship applications are reviewed and aid is awarded throughout the year based on available funding. Some grant funds are limited so apply early and submit documents as soon as requested.

To receive first priority evaluation of your eligibility for all financial aid programs, apply between October 1 and March 2 and submit all financial aid documents requested by April 1.

  • By March 2, your FAFSA must be complete and accepted (not rejected for errors) with SDSU’s federal school code of 001151.
  • By April 1, submit requested documents.

Financial aid and scholarship applications and documents submitted after these dates will receive second priority evaluation and aid awarded based on available funding at the time.

Email and AidLink

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships uses email and your AidLink account to communicate with you about documentation you need to submit to determine your award. Once awarded, you will be notified by email and you will be able to view your award through AidLink. We use the email address on record in your SDSU WebPortal account.

AidLink is our secure web-based, self-service system that enables you to keep informed about your financial aid and SDSU scholarship applications. Log in to AidLink to monitor your financial aid information and application status, download and print documents you need to submit, activate your student loans, and more.