Fall 2023 Admitted Students FAQs

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

Cal Grant / State-based Grants

A: There is an appeal process through the California Student Aid Commission. Contact them at 1-888-224-7268. More questions about Cal Grants, California Dream Act, Middle Class Scholarship, California Chafee Grants for foster youth, Cal Fresh eligibility notifications or how to apply for a Cal Grant? Visit or e-mail [email protected].

Changes in Financial Circumstances

A: Yes. You can fill out a "Request for Review." This form is available in July. It can be obtained by request only at the Student Financial Center. 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 $7,395 per academic year. 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

Answer: 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


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

Loan activation for the 2023-24 academic year begins in July 2023.


A: Incoming students may apply for Aztec Scholarships during the application period after completing their Intent to Enroll and activating their SDSUid. Scholarships for incoming students are generally awarded during the summer and/or early fall; therefore, you will not receive any scholarship award notifications before the Intent to Enroll deadline.

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.