Applying for Aid
Apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA). By completing the FAFSA, you are considered automatically for most financial aid programs.
On Active Duty in the U.S. Armed Forces
If you plan to attend the university any time during the academic year, you can complete your FAFSA—
- before your military release date and
- before you are admitted to the university.
Veteran of the U. S. Armed Forces
You are a veteran for financial aid purposes and are not required to provide your parents’ information on the FAFSA if you—
- are currently serving or have engaged in active duty in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard,
- are a National Guard or Reserve enlistee who was called to federal active duty for purposes other than training,
- were a cadet or midshipman at one of the service academies (example: West Point), and
- were released from service under a condition other than dishonorable, or
- are not now a veteran but will be by June 30.
Reporting Income and Veterans Benefits
Read and follow the FAFSA instructions for each question. The way in which you report income and benefits on your FAFSA may differ from what you report to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
- Veterans noneducation benefits such as Disability, Death Pension, or Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), and/or VA Educational Work Study allowances should be reported as untaxed income on your FAFSA.
- Report your food allowance (BAS).
- Do not report your military housing allowance (BAQ or BAH) or the value of your on-base military housing.
Veterans Education Benefits
Federal veteran's education benefits will NOT affect financial aid award amounts.
For information about veterans education benefits, visit the G.I. Bill Web site or contact your local Veterans Affairs Office or the SDSU Veterans Center to determine what education benefits you may be eligible to receive and how to activate your benefits.
Some of the benefits for which you may be eligible are—
- Post- 9/11 G.I. Bill - Chapter 33
- Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty, Chapter 30
- Montgomery G.I. Bill - Selected Reserve, Chapter 1606
- Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31)
- Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP, Chapter 1607)
Dependents of Veterans
Dependents of certain veterans may be eligible for educational assistance through the—
- Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35) and/or
- Cal Vet Fee Waiver Program (described in the section that follows)
Cal Vet Fee Waiver Program
The spouse, child, or registered domestic partner of a veteran may qualify for fee waiver benefits at any California State University if the veteran—
- served during a “qualifying war period,” and
- has a service-connected disability, or
- died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.
The child of a veteran may also qualify for a waiver of California state basic tuition and fees if the veteran—
- has a service-connected disability,
- had a service-connected disability at the time of death, or
- died of service-related causes.
Dependents of a member of the California National Guard who was killed or permanently disabled while in service to the state may be eligible for similar benefits.
The Student Account Services Web site has instructions on how to obtain authorization and use your fee waiver before you register each semester.
For more information contact—
- your local county Veterans Services Office,
- the California Department of Veterans Affairs, or
- the SDSU Veterans Center located in Student Services West, Room 1575.
Tuition Assistance for Active Duty and Reservists
Basic tuition and fees and out-of-state tuition assistance may be available to you if you attend the university while on active duty or as a reservist.
- First, contact your unit’s education service office for authorization.
- Once approved, contact SDSU's Student Account Services for payment or reimbursement procedures.
All San Diego State University (SDSU) students, regardless of nationality, citizenship, residency status, area of study, or grade point average, are encouraged to apply for as many scholarships as possible.
The Scholarships section of this Web site includes—
- a free online "Scholarship Search" where you'll find SDSU-administered scholarships,
- an “Other Scholarships” option that lists scholarships from outside organizations, and
- the “Resources and Links” section which provides links to help in your search.
SDSU Veterans Scholarship
To qualify for a veterans scholarship, the recipient must enroll full time and have been awarded an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces. Review the SDSU Veterans Scholarship application requirements and online application.
Active Military Service and Education Loan Deferment
The borrower of an education loan, may be eligible to postpone repayment of that loan for up to three ( 3 ) years if serving on active duty during—
- a war or other military operation,
- a national emergency, or
- if performing qualifying National Guard duty under the same circumstances.
Note: For PLUS Loans, only principal is deferred – interest continues to accrue.
To see if your service qualifies you for a deferment of your loan payments, contact—
- your lender and/or your loan servicing agency and request a military deferment or forbearance
- the SDSU Veterans Center
- the United States Department of Veterans Affairs
For additional information, visit the following Web sites:
The SDSU Veterans Center (located in Student Services West, Room 1575)