SDSU AZTEC Scholarships
San Diego State has almost 700 scholarship opportunities to support our students’ educational goals. Funding for our scholarships has been provided by generous donors to SDSU who believe in higher education and your ability to achieve academic success.
Our application portal, “Aztec Scholarships,” allows students to apply for university scholarships via one application. The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships coordinates the SDSU scholarship application and awarding process with core committees from the various colleges, departments and organizations responsible for selecting recipients.
The application process for students is simple and fast. Based on university and application data, Aztec Scholarships automatically filters eligible applications and sends them to SDSU scholarship committees for award consideration. Scholarship committees are typically composed of university faculty and/or staff from the academic program or campus organization most closely affiliated with the scholarship. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships’ staff members are not part of any scholarship committee.
Scholarship Application Submission Period
The general application in Aztec Scholarships is open March 15, 2021, for awards in the 2021-22 academic year.
To be considered for the highest number of scholarships possible, current SDSU students should submit their general application as soon as possible after the application opens in March.
Newly Admitted Students
Once students are admitted, complete their Intent to Enroll, and activate their SDSUID, they may log in to Aztec Scholarships during the application period.
All SDSU students in good standing, regardless of area of study, are encouraged to apply, including nonresidents and those who attend SDSU Global Campus and SDSU Imperial Valley. Undocumented students with AB540 status are also eligible. Students must enroll for the upcoming academic year in a degree, credential, or eligible certificate program to be considered for Aztec Scholarships.
When to apply for SDSU Aztec Scholarships: The SDSU Aztec Scholarship application is open from March 15, 2021, to July 30, 2021. The priority application deadline is April 15, 2021. Deadlines are strictly enforced, so no late submissions will be accepted. All scholarship applications must be submitted through Aztec Scholarships. No paper applications are accepted. To learn more watch this video regarding SDSU Scholarships.
What happens after I submit my application in Aztec Scholarships? Once you submit your general application in Aztec Scholarships, the system combines your student information data (including major, GPA, class level, and special programs like the Weber Honors College, for example), your financial aid data, and your general application data and automatically applies you to the "auto-match" scholarships for which you qualify. Because the system automatically applies you to auto-match scholarships, you do not need to complete any additional steps for your application to be complete; therefore, your auto-match scholarships will not be visible to you.
Why did I get a list of "Recommended" Scholarships after I submitted my general application? After you submit your general application, Aztec Scholarships may present you with a list of recommended ("apply-to") scholarships based on a combination of the data from the student information system, the financial aid system, and the answers from your general application. These recommended scholarships require you to submit additional information by the posted deadline in order for your application to be complete. Please read through the criteria for these scholarships carefully, because although you may have met the basic eligibility requirements (such as major, GPA, or class level) of the scholarships, you still may not meet the specific requirements to be eligible. Only apply for the scholarships for which you meet all eligibility requirements. Do not be concerned if you do not receive a list of recommended scholarships or if your list is short, as most of the scholarships in Aztec Scholarships are auto-match.
On Aztec Scholarships, can I apply to scholarships located under the "Ours" section? Please do not apply to scholarships found in the "Ours" section in Aztec Scholarships. This is a list of all available scholarships at SDSU, and you may not be eligible for many of them. We strongly suggest that you focus only on your list of "Recommended" scholarships, because the system has already verified that you meet the basic eligibility requirements based on your answers from the general application and/or your student information data (major, GPA, etc.).
Are specific essays or supplemental materials required? Some scholarships require specific essays or additional documents, such as a resume or letter of recommendation. After filling out the Aztec Scholarship general application, students may be presented with information about other scholarship opportunities that require this second step. All specific essays and supplemental materials must be submitted electronically through Aztec Scholarships by the deadline in order for the application for these scholarships to be complete. Important note: if the scholarship you are applying to requires a letter of recommendation or reference, please give recommenders ample time (two weeks or more) to complete this task. Remember, the deadline to submit a letter of recommendation or reference letter is the same as the scholarship deadline.
Is a FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application required to be considered for SDSU Aztec Scholarships? Although we have a number of scholarships that are available only to students who have financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, the majority of Aztec Scholarships do not have a need component. If you wish to be considered for those scholarships that require financial need, you are required to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application between October and March each year.
How recipients are selected: At SDSU, policy establishes a core scholarship committee within each college/division as appropriate to oversee the selection process. The responsibility for awarding scholarships rests with the core scholarship committee and their sub-committee review groups. CSU Scholarship Administration guidelines state that scholarship committee members are appointed by the University or auxiliary organization, not a donor, and no combination of donors or donor advisors (or related persons) directly or indirectly control committees.
What students can expect after submitting a General Application:
- An email confirming receipt of the application
- If selected for an award, a notification email directing them to accept the scholarship offer and complete a note of appreciation in Aztec Scholarships.
- Once the note of appreciation is completed, the scholarship will be posted in AidLink under Your Financial Aid & Scholarship Eligibility- Scholarships & Other Resources Section. Please note that AidLink is the main way that the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships communicates with students.
- Scholarship notifications will generally occur between May through October. Refer to AidLink for additional information on disbursement.
Thank you note: Scholarship recipients must submit a thank you note for each scholarship awarded by San Diego State University. The thank you note must be submitted within 14 calendar days of official award notification. The note is submitted electronically in Aztec Scholarships. Deadlines are strictly enforced, so no late submissions will be accepted. If the thank you note is not received by the deadline, the scholarship award will be rescinded and awarded to an alternate.
Mid Year Graduation: Students who receive an academic year scholarship but plan to graduate after the fall term are asked to contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship office at: [email protected]
SDSU Scholarships and Study Abroad: The SDSU International Student Center can help you choose a study abroad program that is eligible for financial aid and scholarship consideration. You will still need to follow the same requirements and deadlines as students studying on campus.
Availability of funds: Each scholarship opportunity is dependent upon the availability of sufficient funding. If funding is not available, the scholarship will not be awarded.
SDSU Georgia: SDSU Georgia students are eligible for their own scholarship and aid programs at the SDSU Georgia campus and therefore should not apply through Aztec Scholarships.
If you have questions, please contact our Student Financial Center: