College of Continuing Education


Financial aid may be available to students who are formally admitted to the University in an eligible degree program offered through the College of Continuing Education (CCE). Courses are available in many formats, including online, in-person, night/weekend and hybrid.  CCE is a self-supporting education unit of Sacramento State and receives no public funding for its operations.  Fees collected for each class cover instruction and administrative costs.  Some tuition fee based aid programs, such as the State University Grant or tuition fee waivers are not offered for CCE bachelor's and master's degree programs. 

Eligible programs are:

Steps to Receiving Aid

1. Apply for Aid
To apply for aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( or the California Dream Act Application ( and list Sacramento State's School Code (001150).  You must apply every year to be considered for student aid.  We encourage you to submit your financial aid application by March 2, the priority filing date for consideration for Cal Grant and other limited funding.  Sac State will electronically send your GPA Verification to CSAC if you have completed 24 units at Sacramento State. 

2. Submit Your Documents
After you have been admitted to the program and we have received your financial aid application, you will be required to submit additional documents including the CCE Information Request form.  Financial aid documents will be initiated on your My Sac State Student Center, To Do List.  Make sure you check it often.

3. Determining Your Aid Eligibility
The type and amount of aid you may be eligible for is based on the resuluts from the financial aid application, enrollment, program, length of the term and your cost of attendance. You must also meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards.   Review the Financial Aid Checklist for CCE students for additional information on applying for aid. 

4. Award Notifications
Keep your Saclink email current.  You will receive an award notification when your awards are available for you to accept and/or decline.  Note that certain awards may have additional requirements after you have accepted them.  Monitor your Student Center.

5. Financial Aid Holds
Financial aid holds will be listed in the Holds section of your Student Center.  Review each hold and take required action to clear your holds.  Financial aid holds are semester specific and do not prevent you from registering. 

6. Disbursement
Disbursement of aid is contingent upon when the program and courses begin. Since, some programs have classes that begin at different times throughout the semester, disburesment is based on when the minimum unit requirement has begun for the specific aid program.  

Loans: Federal Direct Loans will disburse once enrolled and in attendance of at least half-time (6 units undergraduate, 4 units graduate).  If you are a new loan borrower, you will be required to complete additional loan requirements; Entrance Loan Counseling (ELC) and Master Promissory Note (MPN).   If you are applying for an alternative (private) loan, refer to our alternative loans section for more information.

Grants: Grants will disburse once enrolled and in attending ALL classes or at least 12 units for the semester.

Sign up for eRefund:  eRefund is the process by which refunds are deposited directly into any bank account. All refunds, including financial aid, fee overpayments and housing refunds are available through eRefund. Visit the Bursar's Office for more information. 

Additional Information:

  • You must submit a new CCE Information Request form if you have a change in enrollment.  Your aid will be re-calculated, which may result in the adjustment or repayment of aid.
  • Fee deferments are made through CCE Credit Enrollment Services.  CCE Credit Enrollment Services 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 Enrollment Services is notified and upon acceptance of aid will defer your fees until financial aid disburses to your account.  For questions about fee deferments for CCE programs please contact CCE Credit Enrollment Services at 916-278-6984.
  • A separate online summer application is required for summer financial aid and is available mid-April to June.
    • See our Summer website for more information regarding summer financial aid.

Below are policies that affect your aid eligibility