Paying for College (Financial Aid)

Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (OFAS) is responsible for preparing and communicating information on financial aid. This office helps students apply and receive all types of financial aid as well as offer SDSU-administered scholarships. A listing of external scholarships (scholarships available to SDSU students but not administered by SDSU) is also available on the OFAS site.

OFAS will launch a new scholarship system on March 15, 2021 for SDSU-administered scholarships. Review of applications for some scholarships will begin in April, so if you want to be considered for as many scholarships as possible, we encourage you to apply by April 15*.

Qualified students will be matched to multiple scholarships through a single application. Additional information regarding the new scholarship application process is available on the Aztec Scholarships Site

SDSU Scholarship Application Deadlines

Application Opens Application Deadline Funding Awarded to Recipients Award Period
March 15, 2021 Priority deadline is April 15, 2021*
Final deadline is July 30, 2021
September 2021 Academic Year:

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

  • A loan must be repaid to the lender plus interest.
  • Work study allows students to apply for and receive a work study job where the income earned is taxable.
  • Grants and scholarships do not have to be repaid.

Contact Information

Phone: 619-594-6323
Online: Financial Aid & Scholarships
Location: Student Services West (SSW)-3615

Additional Resources

The manuscript First in the Family provides additional resources regarding paying for college. 
Read the First in the Family manuscript here. 

Graduate Students

Financial Aid Information for Graduate and Doctoral Students.
Additional Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students.