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.

  • 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.
  • Financial Aid Representatives are available for drop-in advising Monday - Thursday.  Please visit our Location and Hours page for more information.
  • The Seawolf Service Center lobby will have limited staff available in-person and by phone Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.

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.


Summer 2021 Financial Aid

Summer 2021 financial aid processesing has begun. Details on how to apply for summer aid are found on our Summer Financial Aid page.

Added 02/26/2021

Fall 2021- Spring 2022 To Do List Items and Award Offer Timeline

If you submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CA Dream Application (CDA) for the 2021-2022 academic year, you should receive an acknowledgement or To Do List email from our office beginning December 2, 2020.

You may have To Do List items to complete before your 2021-2022 financial aid file can be reviewed. If so, you will receive an email notification from our office. Please submit items as soon as possible. We expect to begin reviewing complete files in January in preparation for 2021-2022 Award Offers.

Newly admitted students with complete To Do Lists and complete file reviews can expect 2021-2022 award offers to be viewable in MySSU in February 2021. If you receive a preliminary award letter, make sure all of your To Do List items are complete in order to receive an official award letter. Students who still have Preliminary awards as of June 1 will be canceled. After June 1, financial aid will be awarded only once all To Do List items have been submitted and reviewed.

For continuing students, Award Offers will be viewable in MySSU in June 2021, after Spring 2021 grades are posted. Continuing students must have complete To Do Lists and complete file reviews in order to receive an award offer.

Added 12/04/2020

2021-2022 Financial Aid Applications Open NowKeep Calm and Apply Now

If you are a US citizen or eligible non-citizen, file your 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at FAFSA.gov to apply for federal, state, and CSU programs.

If you are not eligible for federal financial aid, file your 2021-2022 California Dream Application at CA Dream Act to apply for state and CSU programs.

Whatever you do, don’t miss the March 2, 2021 priority filing deadline. More information on deadlines and the financial aid application process are available on our Deadlines page.

Added 10/01/2020

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