Financial Aid Information

Academic credit programs administered by the School of Extended & International Education of at least 30 units are approved for a range of financial aid options, including low interest loans. Awards depend on individual qualifications.

  • Because SEIE programs are self-support and students are not charged the state Tuition Fee to attend, students are not eligible for the State University Grant (SUG) or the Middle Class Scholarship (MCS).

Students taking professional development coursework may qualify for private loans, and are encouraged to check with their employer for full or partial financial support.

Important Dates and Deadlines

File early to increase chances of securing funding. You can apply even before you have completed your application to SSU. It's free, and your request for aid will be matched up with your University application when you submit it.

Students without an award in place must pay their tuition up front and be reimbursed when aid disburses.

2019-20 Aid Year

Spring 2020 applicants and current students may apply for aid all the way up to May 2020.

  • Earlier is better than later: the longer you wait, the greater the possibility that available grant money has all been disbursed and only loans will be offered.

2020-21 Aid Year

Priority filing window: October 1, 2019 through March 2, 2020.

  • October 1, 2019 - Federal and State Financial Aid application (FAFSA) and SSU Scholarship application periods open.
  • October 16, 2019 - GPS Scholarship for SSU Winter Intersession application period opens.
  • December 2, 2019 - GPS Scholarship Winter Intersession application deadline.
  • February 1, 2020 - SSU Scholarship deadline.
  • March 2, 2020 - Federal and State priority deadline for Financial Aid applications. After this date, awards are still available but are determined on a first-come basis.
  • mid-March through mid-April 2020 - GPS Scholarship Summer Session application window.
  • Beginning March 2020 - Aid packages are calculated for continuing students.
  • Beginning June 2020 - Aid packages are calculated for newly admitted students.
  • Ongoing until mid-September - Late financial aid applications processed.

Federal and State Aid

Your financial aid representative will assess which funding will apply to your individual situation, but you can get an estimate of how much Federal financial aid you may qualify for using the online calculator on the Federal Student Aid website.

  • Grants are need-based, and available only to undergraduates. They may be prorated if you are attending less than full time (12 units).
  • Federal loans are either subsidized (the interest does not accrue while you are in school) or unsubsidized (interest starts accruing when funds are disbursed). You can accept all, part, or none of the loans you may be offered.
  • Undergraduate California residents who transfer from a California Community College may be eligible for the Cal Grant. This grant will automatically be included in the aid package of qualifying students.

Visit the Financial Aid Office site for further information and a link to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who file for Federal aid are automatically considered for State aid.

Regulations Governing Federal and State Aid

The Financial Aid Office site has a HelpBook loaded with information, including all necessary forms and instructions.

Students receiving financial aid must be enrolled at least half time each semester, 6 units for undergraduate and 4 units for graduate students. Cohort programs may have higher unit requirements.

Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress, defined as at least a 2.0 GPA for undergraduate and at least a 3.0 GPA for graduate students.

Important! Students must reapply for financial aid every academic year. The process is not automatic.

Undocumented Students

State aid may be available to qualified undergraduate students through the CA Dream Act. See the SSU Financial Aid office Dream Act website for details.


Information about campus-based and external scholarship opportunities can be found on our SEIE Scholarships page.

Other Financial Resources

  • Employers: Many students find that their employer is willing to contribute to, or fully pay for, their tuition in this program, since the skills and competencies acquired will be of significant benefit to their organization.
  • Veterans' benefits: Veterans may be eligible for a variety of benefits. See the Veterans' Services Office site for information.
  • Tax deductions: Some tax deductions can help defray the cost of the program, including the Lifetime Learning tax credit. Also, a certain amount of assistance from your employer can be excluded from your income. Ask your tax consultant for details, or see IRS Publications 508 and 970 available at
  • Private loans: Try checking with your bank or credit union or checking the web for educational loan sources. Before signing up, you should check the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Student Loan page.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation: If you are eligible for Voc Rehab services, talk to your Rehab counselor about how much they may cover.
  • Summer Session/Winter Intersession: Undergraduate students taking University courses during Summer Session or Winter Intersession may be eligible for the GPS needs-based scholarship administered by SEIE. See the Summer/Intersession page for details.

International Students

Before admission, international students are required to have enough funding to support their first year of attendance at SSU. They are not generally eligible for Federal and State aid. However, students on F1 or J1 visas may apply for University scholarships.

Program-Specific Information

MA Psychology: Depth Emphasis

Returning second year Master's students may apply to selected Psychology Department scholarships. For students presenting their work at national and international academic conferences, the James L. Jarrett Award is a competitive award providing monetary recognition for their accomplishments.

MA Spanish

  • Apply for financial aid as soon as you consider applying to the program. The application is free, and there is no obligation. Then, your aid application will be ready to match up with your SSU student file if and when you do apply.
  • Summer is considered the "trailer" to the financial aid award year, so students must apply for financial aid for three different award years.
  • The pattern will be: Summer; Fall/Spring/Summer; Fall/Spring/Summer.
  • For example, students who begin the program in Summer 2020 will need to complete the FAFSA for the 2019-20 award year. They will also need to do the 2020-21 FAFSA as soon as it's available, and the 2021-22 for their final year.
  • Students who take their academic year coursework somewhere other than SSU will not be eligible for a student loan during those terms, unless they are enrolled in at least 6 units at SSU at the same time.
    • Often, the loan amount that a Master's student is offered is much higher than tuition costs, so most students should be able to set aside sufficient funds from their student loan disbursements to cover their costs out-of-pocket at another institution in Fall and/or Spring.