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San Diego State University provides financial aid to students to help pay for their education. Financial aid packages are provided to students based on need and merit. Need-based aid is provided after students fill out the FAFSA and admissions application and are admitted to the university. Financial aid comes in the form of scholarships and federal and state grants including the California Dream Act Grant which allows children who were brought into the United States under the age of 16 (without proper visas or immigration papers) to be considered for certain financial grant assistance at SDSU. Federal student and parent loans and private loans along with federal work-study are also awarded as part of student financial aid packages. Students can also access the list of external scholarships and prestigious national scholarships available to subsidize their education.

Additional help is available for foster care youth and veterans. Students can apply for opportunities to receive summer aid, as well. San Diego State University offers students and families a variety of installment plans and payment options to make paying for SDSU easier.


A few online resources available to students include the net price calculator and the cost of attendance along with a useful Financial Aid A to Z Index.

Wells Fargo Financial Markets Lab offers a variety of resources to increase financial education and wellness. Its page, on the SDSU Fowler College of Business website, provides links to information about personal finance, insurance, privacy protection, college savings, investments and banking to name a few. Additionally, on-campus, the lab is available to students and faculty to work on a variety of finance-related projects.

Financial Literacy workshops are sometimes offered through the Student Ability Success Center. On the School of Nursing page, there are a list of links on the topic of financial literacy along with access to a few articles on financial literacy. Additionally, the SDSU Library page contains information on financial literacy with links to several articles and videos. SDSU’s Office of Business and Financial Affairs links to recent issues of Money Matters which provides useful information about tuition and fees along with other helpful financial resources.

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