Will you be enrolled as a student in 2023-2024? If so, complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)!
If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, file your 2023-2024 FAFSA at FAFSA.gov to apply for federal, state, and CSU programs.
If you are not eligible for federal financial aid, file your 2023-2024 California Dream Application at CA Dream Act to apply for state and CSU programs.
Whatever you do, don’t miss the March 2, 2023 priority filing deadline. More information on deadlines and the financial aid application process are available on our Deadlines page.
If you submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CA Dream Act Application (CADAA) for the 2023-2024 academic year, you should receive an acknowledgement or To Do List email from our office beginning December 2022.
You may have To Do List items to complete before your 2023-2024 financial aid file can be reviewed. If so, you will receive an email notification from our office. Please submit items as soon as possible. Students will be able to complete the majority of forms and upload required documents through MyFA Forms. We expect to begin reviewing complete files starting in January in preparation for 2023-2024 financial aid award offers.
Newly admitted students without eligibility issues can expect a 2023-2024 award offer to be viewable in MySSU starting March 2023. If you receive a preliminary award offer make sure all of your To Do List items are complete in order to receive an official award offer notification. Students who still have a preliminary award as of June 1st will have their financial aid offer canceled. After June 1st financial aid will be awarded once To Do List items have been submitted and reviewed.
Continuing Students (including Extended Education)
Award offers for the upcoming academic year will be sent out beginning April 2023 after all tasks have been completed and reviewed in MyFA Forms, and all To Do List items have disappeared from MySSU.
Preliminary award amounts for 2022-2023 Middle Class Scholarships (MCS) can be found on Webgrants4Students. Final determination on eligibility will be made in January. Please check back for future updates regarding MCS.
Frequently Asked Questions
1.) I received an email from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) and/or SSU regarding the 2022-2023 Middle Class Scholarship, is this a scam?
No, the Middle Class Scholarship is a state-funded grant awarded by CSAC. There have been legislative changes to this program that now may make you eligible. Final determination on eligibility will be made in January.
2.) How much should I expect from the MCS award?
The current MCS awards are preliminary and subject to change. You may view your preliminary award amounts on Webgrants4Students. Awards will be prorated based on enrollment similar to the Pell Grant adjustments. Students who are enrolled less than half-time (1-5 units) will not be eligible for MCS. You can view more on how enrollment affects your awards by going to the Financial Aid website.
3.) When should I expect the MCS funds to be awarded?
Final determination on eligibility will be made in January. Moving forward, the disbursement of MCS will occur after the census date. Census happens about two weeks after the end of add/drop. See the academic calendar on the Registrar’s website for more information.
Fall MCS was disbursed to eligible student accounts at the same time as the Spring 23 disbursement of aid. If a student had a balance due for Spring 23, their Fall disbursement of MCS was applied to that balance, in addition to Spring aid. Any refund due to the student will be issued via check or direct deposit. Spring 23 MCS funds will not disburse until after CENSUS and an eligibility review by the Financial Aid Office. Students eligible for a refund of aid at that time will be issued a check or will receive their funds via direct deposit.
More information about MCS can be found on the California Student Aid Commission’s (CSAC) website.
Details regarding recent student loan forgiveness is located at studentaid.gov on The Biden-Harris Administration's Student Debt Relief Plan Explained webpage.
Filing the FAFSA is FREE. There are companies that may solicit payment from you to file the FAFSA on your behalf, but in most cases this is a waste of your money. If you are asked to give a credit card number or make any kind of payment to complete or file the FAFSA, beware. More information on filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid can be found in our How to Apply section of our website.
WebGrants4Students is your portal for Cal Grant, Chafee and Middle Class Scholarship awards. The California Student Aid Commission contacts students via email so it is critical that you keep this information current on your WGS account. California residents and AB540 students are potentially eligible for these programs.