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Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • Early Registration
  • It's FAFSA time - File your 2018-19 FAFSA now!
  • FSA ID
  • SDSU Scholarship Search. Search Early, Search Often
  • How to use AidLink
  • Be International

Early Registration for Fall 2018 starts in April!

File your 2018-19 FAFSA!

File your 2018-19 FAFSA as soon as possible. Check AidLink regularly and submit all required documents.


Your FSA ID gives you access to all Federal Student Aid online systems and can serve as your legal signature.

SDSU Scholarships Search Tool

Use the free search tool to find SDSU Scholarships for which you meet the eligibility requirements.

How to use AidLink

Find out how to use AidLink, our online financial aid system.

Financial Aid for Study Abroad

Find out how to receive financial aid for an SDSU-approved study abroad program.


    Beginning with Fall 2018, registration will be earlier to make it easier to meet with advisers
    and be sure to submit all required documents
    • Aid Link
      AidLink is a secure online account that gives you 24-7 access to your financial aid and scholarship records and applications.
    • FAFSA
      FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid. All SDSU students should complete the FAFSA to be considered for all types of state and federal aid including grants, work study, student and parent loans, and some scholarships.
    • Financial Aid
      Learn about types of aid, your eligibility, how to apply, how to get your funds, and how to estimate your cost of attendance at SDSU.
    • Scholarships
      Learn about scholarships available through SDSU and about non-SDSU scholarships: how to apply, eligibility, essay writing tips, and more.
    • Satisfactory Academic Progress
      Learn about your responsibility to maintain satisfactory academic progress, and how your grades, units, and enrollment affect the financial aid you receive.
    • Disbursement
      Disbursement means the payment of money. Find out about how and when your financial aid and/or scholarship money is paid to you.

    The difference between loans, work study, grants, and scholarships

    A loan must be repaid to the lender, plus interest. Income from a work study job is earned by students hired to work, and it is taxable. Grants and scholarships do not have to be repaid.

    AidLink Log In

    SDSU federal school code: 001151

    Videos and tutorials

     Find videos and tutorials to help you complete your applications and receive aid!

    Economic Crisis Response Team

    ECRT logo
    Visit the ECRT website
    to request assistance if you or a student you know has an immediate, temporary food or housing need.