Fall 2020 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 will be able to fill out a "Request for Review" available via the "Forms" section of the Financial Aid website. This cannot be turned in however until July. 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 $6,000. 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 on AidLink.  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. Alternatively, you may also send documents by mail (or to our office drop box). Be sure to provide the student's Red ID on all documents.

San Diego State University

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

5500 Campanile Drive 

San Diego, CA 92182-7436

Financial Aid Eligibility for the 2020-21 Academic Year

A: Awarding will begin in early April.


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 20-21 academic year will begin in July 2020.


A: You can only apply for scholarships after completing the Intent to Enroll and creating your SDSU ID. You will not hear back regarding being awarded the scholarship until summer or early fall. 

Verification Documents

A: As an alternative to submitting the Tax Return transcript, you can also go back into the FAFSA and use the IRS data retrieval tool. After you do this we will get the information within five days. If for some reason you can not use the data retrieval tool on the FAFSA, you can submit (by uploading on AidLink or by mail) a signed copy of all pages of the personal taxes. If you do this, you will also need to include a signed statement certifying that you attempted to obtain the tax return transcript from the IRS and were unable to obtain the required documentation.

A: Please upload via Aidlink or mail to our office a signed statement certifying that you attempted to obtain the Verification of Nonfiling Letter from the IRS and were unable to obtain the required documentation. AND submit copies of all 2018 W-2 forms for each source of employment income earned by you during 2018.

For additional questions, email us at [email protected]