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" in July. Please contact the Student Financial Center during that time and we will add it to your Tasks/ To-Do list in my.SDSU.   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 $6,895 (22/23 AY) or $7,395 (23/24 AY). 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, upload documents using the upload feature in the my.SDSU platform.  If possible, please upload scanned documents as PDF files. You can use free apps such as CamScanner or Scannable to scan documents from a smartphone.

Financial Aid Eligibility for the 2023-24 Academic Year


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 2023-24 academic year will begin in July 2023.

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 contact the Student Financial Center.

Q: Students must complete 66.67% of the units attempted in summer, fall and spring. Failure to do so will result in loss of financial aid eligibility after the spring semester. An appeal form will become available to students who become ineligible. Visit the Satisfactory Academic Progress pages on our website for more information.


A: We recommend all current students submit their general application by the posted Early Action Application Deadline. This enables you to be considered for the scholarships awarded during our first review period, which are intended for our current student population.

Summer Graduation and Financial Aid

A: We are using the 2022-23 FAFSA to award aid in Summer 2023. Awarding will begin in May. However, it is recommended that you complete the 2023-24 FAFSA in case the date of your graduation is extended.

Verification Documents

A: The IRS Data Retrieval Tool transfers your 2021 tax information directly to your FAFSA. This will minimize potential conflicts with your tax information that could delay processing and receipt of your financial aid. We want you (and your parent, if they were required to provide their information on the FAFSA), to return to the FAFSA website at and complete the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. If for some reason you cannot use the data retrieval tool on the FAFSA, you can submit (by uploading on my.SDSU) a signed copy of all pages of your federal tax return (Form 1040). 

A: Individuals must submit a signed statement asserting that they've attempted but were unable to get the Verification of Nonfiling (VFN) letter. The statement must also confirm that they have not filed and are not required to file a tax return for 2021, and it must list the sources and amounts of income earned from work in 2021.  Along with the statement, individuals must submit copies of all 2021 W-2 forms for each source of employment.


For additional questions, contact the Student Financial Center's Virtual Help Desk.