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Financial Aid Office

San Diego State University awards scholarships to students to foster academic excellence, to develop talents, and to recognize leadership, community involvement, and outstanding achievement. Scholarships are also awarded to students who have overcome significant challenges to obtain an education and to provide financial support to students for academic related activities, such as conference attendance and study abroad.

All students, regardless of nationality, citizenship, residency status, area of study, or grade point average are encouraged to apply for as many scholarships as possible.

Navigate to the Financial Aid Homepage for more information about scholarships, tuition, and payment and filing deadlines.

Office: SSW 3605
Phone: (619) 594-6323

Students should submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after January 1 as possible for the following fall semester. File your FAFSA on the Internet.

The main SDSU scholarship application filing period is November through early February for awards paid in the following academic year. A second filing period extends from early March through April. Applications accepted August through October offer awards paid in the current academic year.

Graduate Equity Fellowship Program

The Graduate Equity Fellowship program provides support for economically disadvantaged graduate students, especially from groups who are underrepresented within their respective disciplines. Only legal residents of the State of California who can demonstrate significant financial need of $1,000, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) are eligible. Recipients must be classified or conditionally classified graduate students, maintain a 3.00 GPA, and must be enrolled for a minimum of six units of graduate coursework each semester they hold the fellowship.

Fellowships range from $500 to $2,000 for an academic year depending on the demonstrated need. Students may receive awards for a maximum of two academic years, but they must apply each year. Postbaccalaureate students are ineligible.

Interested students should complete an application, obtained in the Graduate Division office (SSE 1410) or online, and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, available online at

Complete applications are due September 15, 2017.

Supplements to NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program: GROW & GRIP

Recipients of NSF Graduate Research Fellowships have the opportunity to apply for two supplemental funding programs: The Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) and The Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP). Both programs provide professional devlopment experiences through either international research or applied, mission-related research with federal agencies. GRIP and GROW are only open to active Graduate Research Fellows. Graduate Research Fellows on tenure or on reserve may apply to GROW and GRIP.

Please visit the GROW and GRIP websites for more information, or talk to your academic adviser.

CSU Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (C-DIP)

The CSU Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (C-DIP) provides student loans to doctoral students who show promise of teaching within the CSU system, as well as loan forgiveness to those who obtain a CSU instructional position.

The Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive loan is $10,000 per year for three years and forgivable for those with full- or part-time teaching appointments at a CSU campus. Recipients must be CSU employees in order to receive loan forgiveness. Being awarded the CDIP loan is not a guarantee of employment at the CSU.

Established in 1987, the CSU CDIP is the largest program of its kind in the United States. As of June 2014 the program has loaned $46 million to 2,006 doctoral students enrolled in universities throughout the nation, and 1,205 of these participants have successfully earned doctoral degrees. Among participants who have earned their doctoral degrees, 600 (50 percent) have subsequently obtained employment in CSU instructional faculty positions.


Who Can Apply

  • Anyone interested in doctoral study, including lecturers without terminal degrees, current MA and MFA students, and undergraduate seniors may apply for C-DIP.
  • The program is open to applicants who will be new or continuing full-time students in doctoral programs at regionally accredited universities anywhere within the United States.
  • Applicants are not required to have attended the CSU nor to have been accepted in a doctoral program at the time of their application.
  • Each applicant is required to have a full-time tenure/tenure-track CSU faculty advisor who will provide professional mentoring and networking opportunities throughout the student’s educational experience.


Applications will be due in February 2017. Please stay tuned for more details.

For more information, visit or contact Cristina Sanchez (

Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship

The California Pre-Doctoral scholarship program is designed to increase diversity within the pool of university faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of students in the CSU who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages.

The California Pre-Doctoral Program will award funds to approximately 70 juniors, seniors and graduate students in the CSU. These funds are designed to enable current students to explore and prepare to succeed in doctoral programs in their chosen field of study. Awards are based on competitive review of student applications and given to current upper-division or graduate students who, in the judgment of the review panel, demonstrate academic excellence while having experienced economic or educational disadvantage, and who are committed to a career in teaching and research at the university level. The program places a special emphasis on increasing the number of CSU students who enter doctoral programs at one of the University of California (UC) institutions.

Students who are chosen for this prestigious award are designated Sally Casanova Scholars as a tribute to Dr. Sally Casanova, for whom the Pre-Doctoral scholarship is named. As a Sally Casanova Scholar, students will have unique opportunities to explore and prepare to succeed in doctoral programs. Students will have the benefit of direct one-on-one guidance afforded from faculty members from within the CSU, and the opportunity to work with faculty from doctoral-granting institutions. In addition the program provides:

  1. Travel Funds for the student to visit U.S. doctoral-granting institutions and/or to attend professional meetings appropriate to the student's development.

  2. Development Funds for other related activities, such as student membership in professional organizations, subscriptions to academic journals, graduate school applications and test fees, GRE preparation, and the cost of minor research materials, for example.

  3. A Summer Research Experience following the award of the scholarship, recipients are given the opportunity at a University of California campus or other U.S. major research university, fully funded by the Pre-Doctoral Program, so that the scholar can participate in doctoral-level research prior to enrolling in a Ph.D. program.

Participant Eligibility

Applicants to the California Pre-Doctoral Program must be upper-division or master's degree students who are enrolled at a CSU institution and who will also be enrolled at a CSU campus for at least one semester of the academic year that they apply for the scholarship.

All applicants must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of application. Current or previously awarded Pre-Doctoral Scholars are not eligible to re-apply. Each applicant must have a faculty sponsor from the student’s home campus who will be available for the duration of the plan specified in the application. The program is designed for students interested in obtaining research doctorates. Students interested in obtaining professional masters or doctoral degrees (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or an MBA degree, for example) are not eligible.

The application deadline to the campus coordinator is February 13, 2017.

For more information, visit or contact Cristina Sanchez (

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Fee Assistance Program

For most students pursuing the Ph.D. degree, the University has some funds available to offset in whole or in part the cost of the state-mandated registration fees. Currently, these fees approximate $600 each semester for students enrolled in six units or less and about $900 for students enrolled in more than six units. Awardees must be participating in the graduate teaching program of the University. Information regarding this support is available from the directors of the doctoral programs.

Graduate Student Travel Fund

The Graduate Student Travel Fund (GSTF) supports travel associated with scholarly research and creative activities. Funding for the GSTF has been generously provided by the Financial Affairs Committee of the Associated Students for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. The Graduate Student Travel Fund (GSTF)