SEIE 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.

  • However, because SEIE programs are self-support and students are not charged State fees to attend, students are not eligible for the kinds of Federal and State aid that reimburse SSU for State fees, including State University Grants (SUG). Similarly, SEIE programs are not Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)-eligible. More information about eligibility is available on the Financial Aid Office site.

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

October 1, 2017 - Federal and State Financial Aid application (FAFSA) and SSU Scholarship application periods open.

October 18, 2017 - GPS Scholarship for SSU Winter Intersession application period opens.

November 27, 2017 - GPS Scholarship application deadline.

February 1, 2018 - SSU Scholarship deadline.

March 2, 2018 - Federal and State priority deadline for Financial Aid applications.

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 of a Federal financial aid award you may qualify for using the online calculator on the Student Aid Commission website.

  • Grants are need-based, and available mostly to undergraduates. They may be prorated if you are attending less than full time (12 units for undergraduate, 8 for graduate students)
  • Federal loans are either subsidized (the interest accrued while you are in school is deferred) or unsubsidized (interest starts accruing when funds are disbursed). You can accept all, part, or none of the loans you may be offered.
  • California residents may be eligible for the Middle Class Scholarship . This Scholarship 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.

The priority window for the 2018-19 academic year is October 1 through March 2. File early to increase chances of securing funding. You will need your income tax forms, but you can use a previous year’s figures and update your application after you have filed your 2017 taxes.

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, with no Incomplete grades carried into the next semester.

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

Scholarships

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 www.irs.gov.
  • Private loans: Try searching the web for private loan sources.
  • 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 2018 will need to complete the FAFSA for the 2017-18 award year. They will also need to do the 2018-2019 FAFSA as soon as it's available, and the 2019-2020 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.