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Fee Relief GRANT

What is the Fee Relief Grant?

In Fall 2019 the campus underwent a fee increase process via alternative consultation for the Instructionally Related Activity Fee and the Student Health and Wellness Fee (formerly known as the Health Services Fee). Included in the fee increase process was a 3% return to aid component to help to offset the impact of this fee increase to support students who were experiencing a financial hardship. This means that 3% of the funds collected for each fee are set aside to support students who are unable to pay the fee increase amount. These funds are available to students enrolled in the San Diego Campus beginning Fall 2020 and are referred to as the Fee Relief grant.

Please submit an application to be considered for the Fee Relief Grant

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 Frequently Asked Questions

You can apply for the Fee Relief Grant in the beginning of each semester, prior to the application review session for that term. Fall review will begin mid-October; Spring review sessions will begin mid-March; and Summer review sessions will begin mid-July.
Applications submitted during the open submission window will be reviewed mid-October for the Fall semester, mid-March for the Spring, and mid-July for the Summer. Students will hear back shortly after the review period, if they are an award recipient.
3% of the funds collected for the 2019 fee increase to the Instructionally Related Activities Fee and the Student Health and Wellness Fee are set aside to support students who are unable to pay the fee increase amount.
You can submit an application for the Fee Relief grant each semester.
You can apply whenever you have a need for the Fee Relief grant. We encourage students to apply for a Fee Relief grant for any and all semester they feel the fee is impacting their financial situation.
You can still be eligible for the Fee Relief grant even with a balance on your student account.

Yes, students who receive financial aid are eligible to apply for the Fee Relief grant.
Please note, receiving the grant will not impact future financial aid eligibility. However, your financial aid may be affected during the semester in which you receive the award. Since the fee relief grant is a total of $95, the semester in which you receive the award you may experience a reduction in your financial aid by a maximum amount of $95. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for more detailed information at [email protected]

Disbursement of the Relief Grant will follow the normal university policy for disbursing funds to student accounts. Funds will be applied to university charges first, if there are no university charges on your account, the funds will be disbursed via direct deposit or a check will be mailed to the address listed on Webportal. Disbursement of the Relief Grant will not occur until after the university census date each semester.
No, receiving the grant will not impact future financial aid eligibility. However, your financial aid may be affected during the semester in which you receive the award.
Since the fee relief grant is a total of $95, the semester in which you receive the award you may experience a reduction in your financial aid by a maximum amount of $95. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for more detailed information at [email protected]
The Fee Relief grant is available to all students, including international, undocumented, undergraduate, and graduate students.
We are able to award the Fee Relief grant based on the funds available (3% of fees received). There may have been students who applied before you with pressing need. We encourage you to apply earlier for future awards. If you are experiencing financial hardship, we encourage you to access the resources below.
  • For students seeking support with an unforeseen economic crisis, please reach out to the Economic Crisis Response Team where you can be connected to a variety of resources.
  • Peer Financial Educators (PFE) are available through the department of Well-being and Health Promotion. PFEs can help students develop smart financial habits and achieve financial goals. Visit the Peer Financial Education website or enroll in a one-on-one education session here.
  • CalFresh enrollment specialists are available to assist eligible students in the application
    process. Visit with an enrollment specialist today (virtual-only) to see if you can sign up for the food assistance program.
  • SDSU Aztec grants allows students to apply for university grants via one application. If you haven’t already, make sure to complete your application. For questions about this, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and grants
  • Handshake is a recruiting platform for SDSU students and alumni. Handshake helps connect you with employers and source jobs, internships, event information, and On-Campus Recruiting (OCR) opportunities. If you haven’t already, make sure to create an account on Handshake! Visit Career Services to learn more.