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FAQs for Current Students

We are updating our FAQs regularly. Please check for additional FAQs.

Changes in Financial Circumstances

A: Yes. You will be able to fill out a "Request for Review" available via the "Forms" section of the Financial Aid website. This cannot be turned in however until July. If you are an incoming student, you will need to make a decision regarding attending SDSU prior to hearing back. Please keep in mind that if you are not a CA resident, you can only qualify for grant aid from the federal government. With a 0 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) the grant aid would likely not exceed approximately $6,000. The remaining cost of attendance would have to be paid from your personal resources or by activating loans.

Document Delivery to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

A: Please do not send documents via fax or email. Your personal information is at risk. Instead, please send documents by mail (or to our office drop box) Be sure to provide the student's Red ID on all documents.

San Diego State University

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

5500 Campanile Drive 

San Diego, CA 92182-7436

Financial Aid Eligibility for the 2020-21 Academic Year

A: Awarding will begin in early April.

Loans

A: According to the U.S. Department of Education, all borrowers with federally held student loans will automatically have their interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days. In addition, each of these borrowers will have the option to suspend their payments for at least two months to allow them greater flexibility during the national emergency.  To request this forbearance, borrowers should contact their loan servicer online or by phone. The Secretary has also authorized an automatic suspension of payments for any borrower more than 31 days delinquent as of March 13, 2020, or who becomes more than 31 days delinquent, essentially giving borrowers a safety net during the national emergency.

A: The Secretary has also authorized an automatic suspension of payments for any borrower more than 31 days delinquent as of March 13, 2020, or who becomes more than 31 days delinquent, essentially giving borrowers a safety net during the national emergency.

A: There are loan limitations that are set by the federal government. Go to: Annual direct loan limits by class level for more information.

A: Loan activation for the 20-21 academic year will begin in July 2020.

Refunds

A: No. SDSU has received guidance from the U.S. Department of Education that your cost of attendance and financial aid will not have to be adjusted due to receiving a refund after moving out of the residence halls.

A: No. Per the latest guidance received from the U.S. Department of Education, your cost of attendance and financial aid will not have to be adjusted due to a refund of your study abroad program fees or a reimbursement of costs incurred to come home. However, if you fail to enroll in alternative online coursework for the Spring 2020 semester, you may have to repay some or all of your financial aid under federal regulations pertaining to withdrawal.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) / Maximum Unit Appeals

A: We recommend that first you visit the Satisfactory Academic Progress section of the Financial Aid website. If you still have questions, please email us at: [email protected]

Scholarships

Summer Graduation and Financial Aid

A: We are using the 19-20 FAFSA to award aid in Summer 2020. Awarding will begin in early May. However, it is recommended that you complete the 20-21 FAFSA in case the date of your graduation is extended.

Work Study Employment

A: As long as you were working before the closure and have not reached your FWS maximum award limit and as long as your department still has funding.  Check with the supervisor in your area.

A: Yes, if your department has work that you can do from home.  Check in with the supervisor in your area.

A: As long as they have not exhausted their FWS award they can continue to work until the last day of classes (May 7, 2020) if they are graduating and until the last day of the May pay period (May 31, 2020) if they are continuing on in their current degree or teaching credential program.

A: Yes, students will need to log their hours in PeopleSoft and supervisors will continue to approve the hours in PeopleSoft on the same timeline.

A: If you are a student, supervisor or a FWS Coordinator, please send your question(s) by email to [email protected]

Verification Documents

A: You may obtain your Tax Return Transcript online at www.irs.gov  If you are unable to obtain them using the on-line tool, then you must download Form 4506-T from the IRS website.  This is a form you mail in to the IRS to request your Tax Return Transcript or Verification of Nonfiling Letter to be mailed to you. 

For additional questions, email us at [email protected]