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Student Affairs

Financial Aid and Scholarships


Link to these sources of financial assistance:

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Almost one third (32.5) of SDSU undergraduates received a Pell Grant in 2010. The grants are targeted to low-income families.


Student Affairs: A Decade of Expanded Financial Pathways to College

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Financial aid distributed to SDSU students:
• 2000: $130 million
• 2010: $205 million

For many SDSU students, financing a college education is a hardship to overcome. Without financial assistance, access to higher education would remain an impossible dream. During the past decade, Student Affairs has helped to increase funding for students in need through increased financial aid, grants and scholarships.

  • In 2001, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships instituted a new State University Grant (SUG) packaging model that gave special consideration to the most economically disadvantaged students.
  • In 2001, AidLink was launched, an online tool for students to check their financial aid or scholarship status anytime, anywhere.
  • In 2005, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships collaborated with New Student and Parent Programs to provide a 50 percent discount for low- income students at New Student Orientation. Participation in orientation has been shown to boost the success of incoming students.
  • In 2007, a secure online scholarship process was implemented.
  • In 2010, SDSU’s student loan cohort default rate was significantly lower than the national average.
  • In 2010, Compact for Success became part of Student Affairs, to provide continuing support to students from the Sweetwater District.

The Division of Student Affairs

As the State of California deals with unprecedented budget woes, it is clear that public funding of higher education will continue to deteriorate. In order to sustain the quality programs and services that we know help students succeed, SDSU and the Division of Student Affairs must find creative ways to either obtain private support or ensure that programs are self-funded.

Did You Know?

  • By the first day of fall 2012 classes, over $102,550,000 in financial aid and scholarships was distributed to over 17,000 students.
  • During the 2011-12 school year, over $272,300,000 in financial aid and scholarships was distributed to over 22,000 students.