Things 2 Know @ FAO

Financial Aid and Shelter-In-Place (COVID-19)

The Financial Aid Office is operational with limitations listed below. Refer to the SSU Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information webpage for campus details.

  • Financial Aid staff will not be available in-person during the campus closure. The Seawolf Service Center staff checks the finaid@sonoma.edu email frequently throughout the workday for general financial aid questions. If you need to reach a particular team member directly, please email that person via our Contact Us or Cómo Comunicarse webpages.
  • Documents are still being accepted for processing. Due to the current shelter-in-place order for Sonoma County and State of California, the Seawolf Service Center lobby is closed.

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time. There may be delays in processing and response times. Please do the best you can as well. Stay on top of your To Do List Notifications and To Do List items in MySSU.

Updated 03/25/2020

Financial Aid Requests for Summer Session

If you received financial aid at SSU for Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020, you may be eligible for a Pell Grant and/or Direct Loan for enrollment in SSU’s Summer Session.

Pell Grant Recipients Taking 6 or More Units in Summer Session

If you received a Pell Grant in Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020, you might qualify for additional Pell Grant for enrollment in 6 or more units in Summer Session, even if you were a full-time student in Fall and Spring. We will send an email notice to your SSU email account if you enroll in 6 or more units and appear to qualify for additional Pell Grant funding. Keep in mind that you might exhaust your Lifetime Eligibility for the Pell Grant if you accept funding in Summer.

Pell Grant Recipients Taking Less Than 6 Units in Summer Session

If you received a Pell Grant in Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020 for less than full-time attendance, you might qualify for Pell Grant for taking only one class in Summer Session. Because this funding would be the unused portion of your 19-20 Lifetime Eligibility, we will automatically award the remaining Pell Grant funds to you when you are enrolled. We will notify you of the summer award by email to your SSU email account.

Direct Loans or PLUS (Parent) Loans for Students Taking 6 or More Units in Summer Session

If you did not borrow your entire 19-20 maximum Direct Loan eligibility during Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020, you may request the remaining portion for enrollment in 6 or more units during Summer. If your parent was eligible for the PLUS (Parent) Loan for 19-20, s/he may request additional PLUS Loan funds for your enrollment in 6 or more units during Summer.

How to Request Financial Aid for Summer Session

Pell Grant recipients enrolled in at least one class will automatically be evaluated for remaining 19-20 Pell Grant eligibility.

Students enrolled in 6 or more units who request remaining Direct Loan, PLUS (Parent) Loan, or additional Pell Grant must email finaid@sonoma.edu for a 2019-20 Summer Financial Aid Request form. For parents who wish to borrow a Summer 2020 PLUS Loan, a paper application is required and must be attached to the Summer Financial Aid Request form.

Updated 03/25/2020

Use a Customer File Number if You Request a Tax Return Transcript

The IRS now uses a format for the Tax Return Transcript that masks confidential data, like SSNs. This change is good for protecting you from identity theft, but it can make it hard for us to match the Tax Return Transcript with a student’s financial aid file.

You can ensure Tax Return Transcripts submitted for your To Do List are matched with your file by using a Customer File Number when you, your parent, or your spouse requests the Tax Return Transcript.

Enter your nine-digit SSU I.D. number on Line 5b of Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return and Form 4506T.EZ. Or, if you use Get Transcript Online or Get Transcript by Mail, beginning in mid-January 2019 you will be able to manually enter your nine-digit SSU I.D. as the Customer File Number.

Added 10/09/2018

Avoid FAFSA Scams

Filing the FAFSA is FREE. There are companies that may solicit payment from you to file the FAFSA on your behalf, but in most cases this is a waste of your money. If you are asked to give a credit card number or make any kind of payment to complete or file the FAFSA, beware. More information on filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid can be found in our How to Apply section of our website.

Added 12/07/2015

WebGrants4Students Link for California Residents and AB540 Students

WebGrants4Students Logo. Clicking the image will take you to the WebGrants4Students portal.WebGrants4Students is your portal for Cal Grant, Chafee and Middle Class Scholarship awards. The California Student Aid Commission contacts students via email so it is critical that you keep this information current on your WGS account. California residents and AB540 students are potentially eligible for these programs.

Added 11/14/2014