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La oficina de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes le invita a unirse a nuestro seminario web gratuito sobre ayuda financiera federal en español con subtítulos en inglés, el miércoles 17 de abril de 2024 a las 8 p.m. hora del este. Esta sesión estará abierta para estudiantes, familias, profesionales de acceso a la universidad y aquellos que apoyan a las comunidades de habla hispana. Describiremos el proceso para presentar el formulario 2024-25 de Solicitud Gratuita de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes (FAFSA®). La grabación estará disponible en el canal de YouTube de FSA Outreach @FSAOutreach.

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Federal Student Aid invites you to join a free federal financial aid webinar in Spanish with English subtitles, on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
This session will be open for students, families, college access professionals and those who support Spanish speaking communities. Federal Student Aid presenters will outline the process to submit the 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) Form. The recording will be available on the FSA Outreach YouTube channel @FSAOutreach.

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Post date: April 11, 2024

Financial Aid Options For Summer

Are you interested in taking a class this summer but you don't know how to pay for it?   Taking summer classes is a great way to make up credits, make up a class you may have dropped, or just get ahead in your coursework and completing your degree.  Financial aid may be available to help cover some of your costs.  For more information on summer financial aid, go to our Summer Financial Aid page.

Post date: March 25, 2024

FAFSA/CADAA new deadline is May 2, 2024

2024-2025 FAFSA and CADAA Now Available: The 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application (CADAA) is now available.  The priority deadline is May 2, 2024  For more information go to our FAFSA Simplification webpage.

Post date: March 15, 2024

Starting Spring 2024 there will be a deadline to submit appeals for Satisfactory Academic Status (SAP).  Appeals need to be submitted by the published deadline to receive aid for that specific term.  For example, SAP Appeals need to be submitted by May 1, 2024 to be eligible to receive financial aid for Spring 2024.  You can find more information about this on the Satisfactory Academic Progress page on our website.

Post date: January 5, 2024

New and Continuing students may qualify for a 2023/24 Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) if you submitted your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by March 2, 2023 and your income and assets are below the ceilings as determined by the California Student Aid Commission's (CSAC) website.  MCS amounts are unknown at this time, further determination will be made in November.

You may receive an email from CSAC regarding your preliminary MCS award amount prior to being notified by SSU.  We anticipate adding MCS to awards in November.  MCS awards may be adjusted if your Cost of Attendance changes and/or grants/scholarships are adjusted.

Post date: September 23, 2023

The student loan payment pause is ending for those students who are in repayment.  This includes students who were in repayment prior to the pandemic, in school at the start of the pandemic or recently graduated.  Interest resumes on September 1, and payments are due in October.  Borrowers can lower their payments, even to $0, by enrolling in the new SAVE Plan.  

Don't wait until a bill arrives in the mail.  Be prepared by doing the following:

  • Make sure you know which loan servicer is yours.
  • Update your contact information in your profile on your loan servicer's website and in your account.
  • Consider applying for an income-driven repayment (IDR) plan.  An IDR plan can make your payment more affordable, depending on your income and family size.  The SAVE Plan, which is the most affordable repayment plan ever, is available now.  Borrowers who were signed up for REPAYE Plan will automatically be enrolled in the SAVE Plan.
  • Review your auto pay enrollment or sign up for the first time to have your monthly payment automatically deducted from your bank account.  To do so, log in to your loan servicer's website or contact your loan servicer directly.  If you were enrolled in auto pay before the payment pause and would like to resume when payments resume, you need to confirm your auto pay enrollment with your student loan servicer if you haven't done so already.
Post date: August 23, 2023

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.

New Students

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 toward the beginning of May 2023 after all tasks have been completed and reviewed in MyFA Forms, and all To Do List items have disappeared from MySSU.

Post date: January 18, 2023

Details regarding recent student loan forgiveness is located at on The Biden-Harris Administration's Student Debt Relief Plan Explained webpage.

Post date: September 16, 2022

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.

Post date: December 7, 2015

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.

WebGrants4Students Login webpage

Post date: November 14, 2014