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External ScholarshipS & SCHOLARSHARE

External Scholarships

External scholarships are scholarships provided from outside sources, such as local clubs, churches, a national organization, or another entity.

External Scholarships must be reported to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (OFAS). As part of San Diego State University’s participation in providing federal and state financial aid, federal law requires that the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships consider all resources when determining eligibility and awarding financial aid. Therefore, we will adjust the student’s financial aid when necessary.

External scholarships have varying requirements and deadlines, so make sure to review their application information carefully. Contact the external scholarship donor directly if there are questions. 

List of external scholarships: View a list of selected scholarships not administered by SDSU.

Mailing an external scholarship check to SDSU 

In order for SDSU to apply external scholarships to the student’s account, checks need to be mailed to the following address:

San Diego State University
Attention: Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7436

Information donors should include when mailing a check to SDSU

Cover Letter: The donor should include a cover letter with the student’s full name, RED ID and amount of the scholarship. The cover letter should also include the name of the organization/ scholarship agency, and a contact name and phone number.

The donor should also note the following:

  • Grade point average requirement (if any)
  • Enrollment status required by student (full time or part time)                                                                                      *Note that funds are usually released once the student enrolls, regardless of enrollment status (full or part time).       
  • Semester or academic year
    • Fall or spring semester
    • An academic year (both fall and spring semesters)

Scholarship Check: The donor should make the check payable to San Diego State University, and include the student’s name and SDSU student RED ID on the check's memo line.

Disbursement of funds

All funding (grants, loans, scholarships, etc.) begins disbursing seven to ten days before the start of each semester; so even if the donor sends the check early, the student will not see it applied to their account until just before the term. Check processing can take up to 2-3 weeks.

Verification of enrollment

Often times the donor will require enrollment verification before they will send the check.  Students may obtain enrollment verification through their WebPortal account or contact the Office of the Registrar, at (619) 594-6871.

ScholarShare

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