Welcome to SDSU's Student Financial Center:


Open Monday – Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm

We can help you with questions related to financial aid, scholarships and student accounts.

  • Students: please have your Red ID ready.
  • Parents: make sure your student is with you or has authorized you to speak with us. FERPA regulations prevent us from speaking with you about personal financial aid information unless your student is with you, or has released authorization to you. Release of authorization is done in the "Privacy Settings" in a student's WebPortal account. This could take 24 hours to reflect on our end, so please be aware.

San Diego State University is following the guidelines of county, state and federal public health officials and other authorities as it continues its academic and research mission during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the university’s COVID-19 site and SDSU Flex site for more information.


Summer Session financial Aid Available. Opens March 1 or check


About Us

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships provides information and counseling so that you can make informed choices as you and your family plan for meeting the costs associated with attending San Diego State University. We also provide outreach and access services in collaboration with other university departments and the community.

No appointment is needed to speak with a counselor. Contact a financial aid and scholarship counselor.


student financial center virtual front desk open now


Virtual Coffee Hour

File your FAFSA Now! Feb 24 at 6pm see below for details


This coffee hour is for fall 2021 applicants and their parents. It will be held on February 24 at 6 p.m. The zoom meeting ID will be sent out a few days prior to the meeting.

Learn more about filing your FAFSA or Dream Act Application, and about AidLink (SDSU's financial aid portal). We will also discuss the verification process and frequently asked questions that students and parents typically have.

Click here for more on coffee hour.

Miss a Coffee Hour?

Previous sessions are available. Click the button below to view the list of videos.

Watch Past Video Sessions


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SDSU federal school code: 001151

Videos and Tutorials

Find videos and tutorials to help you complete your applications and receive aid!

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What is the difference between loans, work study, grants and scholarships?

A loan must be repaid to the lender, plus interest. Income from a work study job is earned by students hired to work, and it is taxable. Grants and scholarships do not have to be repaid.

Economic Crisis Response Team


Visit the ECRT website to request assistance if you or a student you know has an immediate, temporary food or housing need.

  • AidLink: a secure online account that gives you 24-7 access to your financial aid and scholarship records and applications.
  • FAFSA Overview: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. All SDSU students should complete the FAFSA to be considered for all types of state and federal aid including grants, work study, student and parent loans, and some scholarships.
  • Financial Aid: Learn about types of aid, your eligibility, how to apply, how to get your funds, and how to estimate your cost of attendance at SDSU.
  • Scholarships: Learn about scholarships available through SDSU and about non-SDSU scholarships: how to apply, eligibility, essay writing tips, and more.
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress: Learn about your responsibility to maintain satisfactory academic progress, and how your grades, units, and enrollment affect the financial aid you receive.
  • Disbursement, Receiving Your Aid: Disbursement means the payment of money. Find out about how and when your financial aid and/or scholarship money is paid to you.