Financial Aid & Scholarships

Questions on financial aid? Visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website.


Financial Aid FAQs

How much does the Master’s Program cost?

Unlike other comparable Master’s degrees that cost $80,000-120,000, tuition for SDSU’s 21-month master’s programs is $30,510 and is payable on a course-by-course basis. Simple payment schedule below:

  Unit Cost Program Unit Range* Cost
Tuition $956 30 $28,680
Associated Students $19 30 $570
Technology $21 30 $630
Student Engagement $21 30 $630
Total Estimated Costs $1,017   $30,510
What type of financial aid is available?

There is a two-tiered student loan program available for graduate students. There are a number of factors involved in determining student eligibility and processing the loan applications, which you’ll need to understand. Please review the student loan information on the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

Tier 1 is the unsubsidized loan. The gross amount of this loan is $20,500 for an academic year (fall and spring). This is enough to fund tuition which covers two academic years.

Tier 2 is the GradPlus loan, which may take you to the full cost of attendance. Students must pass a credit check to obtain this loan.

The unsubsidized loan may not cover the entire cost of tuition, therefore you may choose to pay the remainder of your tuition and fees out of pocket, or you may apply for a GradPlus loan.

Upon registering for courses, all payments are due according to the payment schedule. If financial aid does not cover all of your costs, you will be responsible for making the additional payments on time in order to continue registering for your courses.

How much financial aid will I be eligible for?

Eligibility for these loans is determined by your “Cost of Attendance,” a number that is calculated by the SDSU Financial Aid Office and is based not only on the actual program tuition but also on other considerations such as room & board, transportation, books, supplies, and miscellaneous personal expenses.

The “Cost of Attendance” for SDSU graduate students is posted on the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website. Once you are registered for your master’s program and have submitted your Special Enrollment Agreement (SEA), the Cost of Attendance figure will be increased to reflect the actual fees for this program.

What if my expenses are greater than the Cost of Attendance?

After you’ve enrolled and are engaged in semester course work, you may file a Request for Budget Increase seeking to adjust the previous Cost of Attendance limit if there are additional documentable expenses in support of your education. The expenses must be fully paid before you submit your request. This is decided on a case-by-case basis by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Only one request per semester is allowed.

How long does it take to process financial aid paperwork?

Student loan applications can typically be processed and approved within a matter of several weeks once all appropriate paperwork has been submitted.

FAFSA applications will be accepted starting October 1, and you may apply before you have completed your application for the program. We recommend that students intending to apply for financial aid submit their completed FAFSA application. If all requested documentation has been provided, you will receive notification of your financial aid status in May.

How do I apply for financial aid?

For all financial aid details please visit the SDSU FAFSA page.

Where can I get more information about financial aid?

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships can help with any financial aid questions you may have. For more information on how financial aid works and what resources you have available to you, please visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

You can also visit the SDSU Global Campus Financial Aid Information page.

Can the GI bill be used for this program?

Yes the GI bill is applicable. Unfortunately, the CalVet waiver can not be used for this program.

Can my scholarship awards take my funding above the Cost of Attendance?

Students cannot access financial aid in a greater amount than the designated Cost of Attendance for the program. This includes all loans, grants, and scholarships combined. Students receiving scholarships or grant awards — after the initial awarding of unsubsidized and GradPlus loans — will have an award adjustment processed. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will notify you via email to log on to my.SDSU to view the adjusted award. Specific questions regarding an adjustment may be directed to the online Help Desk at the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Can I use my state grant for the Master’s Program?

Unfortunately, state grants are not applicable to tuition for the HTM or MEM master’s programs.


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