- I want financial aid?
- What is a fee deferment and how can I receive one?
- I am taking the term off. How will this affect my financial aid?
- When will I receive my award letter?
- I am an undergrad who is graduating at the end of fall, but I was admitted into a post-baccalaureate program for spring. What do I need to do to receive aid in spring?
The FAFSA is available every January 1. Students must file a FAFSA each academic year and should file by March 2 to meet the priority filing deadline. You can still file a FAFSA after March 2, but aid is limited. Be sure to list "California State University, Sacramento" (our official name) or the federal school code number 001150 on your FAFSA. Also, submit your Cal Grant GPA Verification to the California Student Aid Commission by March 2 deadline. We will automatically send verification for students who have completed 24 units at Sacramento State, so long as the FAFSA has also been completed by February 20.
To understand the financial aid process, click "Financial Aid Process"
A fee deferment extends your tuition payment due date from the advertised date to the second Friday of the term. This means you would not need to make any payments toward your tuition until the deferment expires.
Fall term fee deferment requirements:
- FAFSA must be filed by the March 2 priority deadline
- All required documents must be submitted by June 1
Spring term fee deferment requirements:
- Students awarded a fall fee deferment will receive a spring fee deferment
- If Spring is the first term of enrollment, you must have spring award(s) on your account
If you are not awarded a fee deferment, consider signing up for the Installment Payment Plan with the University.
I am taking the term off. How will this affect my financial aid?
For each term that you decide to withdraw or choose not to attend, your awards will be reviewed and adjusted according to the program requirements. If you decide to return to the University the following term please note the following:
If you withdraw or do not attend the fall term, the Financial Aid Office will cancel your aid for spring. If you intend to continue your enrollment for the spring term, to avoid processing delays, you must notify the Financial Aid Office in writing, at least one month in advance, to determine spring aid.
If you withdraw or do not attend the spring term, you must a file a FAFSA for the upcoming academic year to determine aid eligibility.
All continuing students will begin to receive their award letters by mid-June. For all other students the delivery of your award letter is dependent on when all of your documents were received by the Financial Aid office and when your file is complete. Processing time is about 6 to 8 weeks.
It is policy that after a student graduates in fall, their spring aid is canceled. If you enroll in a post-baccalaureate program for spring, you must notify the Financial Aid Office in writing of your academic intent for spring. The Financial Aid Office will determine aid eligibility once your degree posts.