- After I receive my award notification, how long will it take to receive my financial aid?
- Are checks mailed or do we have to pick them up?
- Do I need to have 12 units in order to receive financial aid?
- What is considered full-time or half-time enrollment for an undergraduate or graduate student?
- Why are terms for which I did not receive aid for, counted against me?
- I filed an appeal that was previously approved. Why does it show that I have to file another appeal?
- I was on SAP probation and failed the fall term progress grade check. Can I file an appeal for the spring term?
- My appeal was denied, what can I do?
- How is the minimum cumulative GPA calculated?
- How long does it take for the appeal to be reviewed?
- I didn't file an appeal for the fall term, do I still have to file an appeal for spring if I passed my fall classes?
- What if my circumstances are not one of the conditions listed on the SAP appeal?
- Can I use my scholarship money to help pay my tuition fees? What happens to the difference?
- How long does it take to process my scholarship check?
- If my scholarship donor sends me a check directly, what should I do with it?
- If my scholarship is going to pay toward my fees, can I get a fee deferment?
- What types of scholarships are available at Sacramento State?
- Where should my scholarship donor send my check?
- How do I apply for a FWS job?
- I wasn’t awarded Federal Work-Study. How do I apply?
- How can I find a FWS job if I do not have access to the FWS Job Board?
- What are the benefits of being offered FWS?
- How much can I expect to earn?
- May I have two FWS jobs?
- When will I be paid?
- Does unit enrollment, a low GPA or my academic status affect eligibility for FWS participation?
- What do I need to do to apply for financial aid as a CCE student?
- What is the CCE information request form?
- How do I defer my fees?
- When can I expect my aid to disburse?
- What happens to my financial aid if I have to change enrollment?
This depends on a variety of factors, but you should review your status frequently on your My Sac State Student Center:
(1) Log on to My Sac State at http://www.my.csus.edu
(2) Click on the "Student Services" link. Holds will be listed in the "Holds" section just above the "To Do List."
(3) Click "Details" in the holds box. Financial aid holds are term-specific, and holds from previous semesters do not affect the current semester.
Quick Reference: Disbursement Information
Get your money faster and sign up for eRefund. eRefund is the process in which refunds are deposited directly into your bank account. All refunds, including financial aid, fee overpayments and housing refunds are available through eRefund. Go to My Sac State to get started.
Students who have not signed up for eRefund will receive a check mailed to the student's address. All Parent PLUS loan checks are mailed directly to the parent borrower, even if the student is signed up for eRefund. In some instances you may be required to pick up your check at the Student Financial Services Center.
No. The minimum number of units required to maintain eligibility varies according to the aid program. For most programs, a minimum of 6 undergraduate units or 4 graduate units is required. The Financial Aid Office initially packages aid based on full-time enrollment. Students who enroll or plan on enrolling in fewer than 12 undergraduate units or 7 graduate units must update the Financial Aid Award page on My Sac State. Proportional adjustments to aid programs will be made.
The chart below summarizes enrollment status based on unit load for undergraduates and graduates.
This depends on a variety of factors including:
|Full-time||12 units||7 or more units|
|3/4 time||9-11 units||N/A|
|1/2 time||6-8 units||4-6 units|
|< 1/2 time||Less than 6 units||Less than 4 units|
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS (SAP)
To be eligible for student aid, a student must show that they have been making satisfactory academic progress at the time they apply for FAFSA. Federal regulations require that all terms, regardless if financial aid was received, must be counted when determining satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the University SAP Policy.
Depending which SAP standard(s) you previously failed, you may continuously show that standard as “fail”.
For example, a student who has attempted more than 150% of coursework toward their major degree program, will always show a status of fail. The same applies to students pursuing a 2nd degree. Students in these categories, who have filed an appeal in the prior year and were approved up to their graduation term, will be monitored on a term-by-term basis for aid eligibility. If SAP standards have been met at the end of the Spring probation term, the Financial Aid Office will “waive” SAP requested items on the students account. If the student does not pass SAP standards at the end of the Spring probation term, the student is denied aid for the following academic year. This if this applies to you, please allow up to 4 weeks for manual review and update of your file. Otherwise inquire with the Financial Aid Office about your account.
Students who did not meet SAP standards at the end of their fall probation term, will have their spring aid canceled. In addition, students will receive a financial aid hold of "failed fall progress check" on their Student Center account. Regardless of the extenuating circumstances which prevented academic progress, appeals will not be considered for spring. You may regain eligibility, once you have met all SAP standards.
All appeal decisions are final and there is no second level of appeals. You can discuss your denied appeal with a Financial Aid Counselor during drop-in counseling hours. Otherwise, you will need to fund the term(s) for which you are ineligible, out of pocket or through private loan funding.
For the annual SAP review, the Financial Aid Office uses the cumulative GPA as determined by the University.
For probation SAP review, the Financial Aid Office uses term GPA at the end of the probation term. The term GPA must meet the minimum cumulative GPA SAP standard.
The timeline for appeal decisions is up to three weeks. Please note during our peak periods, appeal decisions may take longer.
Yes, passing 75 percent of attempted coursework and meeting the minimum cumulative GPA standard at the end of the term, does not automatically qualify you for spring aid. You must file a Spring appeal for consideration of spring aid.
You are still eligible to file an appeal for consideration of aid. You will need to select an appeal condition(s) that best describes your circumstances.
Scholarship awards will automatically be applied to tuition fees and other obligations you owe to the University. If funds remain after your fees and other debts have been paid, you will receive the difference either by e-Refund or a paper check. If your scholarship is less than the amount of your tuition fees, we recommend paying your tuition fees first, and applying the scholarship award to the difference.
Scholarships are typically disbursed at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters unless otherwise specified by the donor. However, no disbursements will be made until we have received the funds from the donor. We have weekly disbursements throughout the Fall and Spring semesters.
Bring your check directly to the Scholarship Office in Lassen Hall 1006. We will note it on your award page and process it on your behalf.
Yes! Bring your award letter or scholarship check to the Scholarship Office and we will give you a scholarship fee deferment allowing time for your scholarship funds to be applied toward your outstanding debt.
This information is not scholarship specific and is found in the Award Notice Guide
The Financial Aid Office administers three types of scholarships:
Institutional - The application is available online from mid-January to mid-March. These scholarships are awarded for the preceding academic year. Applicants will be notified of the selection mid-June.
Departmental - Check with your major department major every semester for scholarship applications and deadlines.
Community – This scholarship information is updated periodically on our website and posted outside of the Financial Aid Office and in the Associated Students Incorporated (ASI) Office in the Student Union. You can also search online, and check with local businesses, schools, and other organizations.
For more information view the Scholarships page.
Lassen Hall, 1006
6000 J Street
Sacramento, Ca. 95819-6044
Be sure the donor includes our building name and office location for accurate and timely delivery
FEDERAL WORK STUDY
You must first be awarded Federal Work-Study (FWS) funds. To apply for FWS, you must submit your FAFSA as close to January 1 as possible and indicate "yes" you are interested in the Work-Study Program. You must then submit any and all documents requested by the Financial Aid Office as quickly as you can to complete your file. Completed files are awarded in a first-come first-serve order until the campus' allocation has been exhausted. Please note our funds are limited and we are unable to award all interested students.
To search for FWS jobs, you must create a Career Connection account through the Career Center's website and upload a resume with your Sac State ID number. FWS jobs are available beginning August 1 every year.
For more information: FWS Checklist
Federal Work-Study funds are limited. The Financial Aid Office awards as many eligible students as possible until funds are exhausted. We encourage you to file your FAFSA by the March 2 priority deadline and respond to any document requests as soon as possible. Funds are awarded to eligible students who complete their file the soonest.
If FWS was not included in your Award Notification, you can submit the FWS Request Form. If you have already secured a Federal Work-Study job, be sure to include the employer’s complete contact information on the request form. Once you are awarded, you will be emailed instructions on how to secure FWS employment.
You would need to conduct your own search for FWS employers. You can start by visiting various departments on campus. If you cannot find a FWS job, you can look for student assistant (non-FWS) positions in the Career Center or at University Enterprises, Inc. (UEI).
- It is a great way to gain or enhance your job skills and prepare for your career after graduation.
- Jobs are typically located on campus which provides convenience.
- You get paid by the hour like a real job, and the pay is competitive.
- The works hours are flexible with your school schedule since you are a student employee.
- FWS wages earned will not count against you the next year when you file your FAFSA.
Hourly wages range from $8.00 to $17.26 per hour. Rates are determined by the skills and training required by the position. You may earn up to the maximum amount of the FWS award listed on your award notice. This amount may change based on a number of factors related to your overall financial aid or enrollment status. You may not earn more than your FWS award.
No, you may only have one FWS job.
Students are paid on the 15th of each month. If the 15th falls on a Saturday, you will be paid the business day before. If the 15th falls on a Sunday, you will be paid the business day after. You may elect to receive a paper check or sign up for direct deposit. Your FWS earnings are paid to you in the form of a paycheck and not disbursed to pay your tuition/housing fees.
Yes. You must be enrolled at least half-time. Changes to your initial unit enrollment may affect your eligibility for the FWS award. Keep the Financial Aid Office informed of changes in your enrollment status. You must also maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 for undergraduates and 3.0 for graduates, and your academic status must be in good standing.
This form is used to adjust your cost of attendance based on your CCE degree program. It also required to award aid for the current year based on courses provided for the Fall and Spring terms. A change in enrollment (courses) requires a revised CCE information request form.
Requests for fee deferments must be made through CCE Credit Registration Services. CCE Credit Registration has a process where financial aid applicants are temporarily exempted from the disenrollment process that goes along with fee deadlines for students enrolled in CCE courses. Once you have been awarded aid for the semester, CCE Credit Registration is notified and upon acceptance of aid will defer your fees until financial aid disburses to your account. For questions about fee deferments please contact CCE Credit Registration at 916-278-6984.
Grants are payable when you have met all application eligibility requirements, and when you are enrolled and in attendance for ALL course listed for the specific semester indicated on the CCE information request form.
Federal Direct Loans are payable when you have met all application eligibility requirements, and when you are enrolled and in attendance for of at least half time (6 undergraduate units, 4 graduate units) for the specific semester indicated on the CCE information request form.
All changes to enrollment (Add/Change or Drops) will require a new CCE Information Request Form. Once this form is received, the Financial Aid Office will review and make adjustments as needed. This form can be found under the Financial Aid Forms section of our website.