Things 2 Know @ FAO

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 To Do List Items and Award Offer Timeline

If you submitted results from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CA Dream Application (CDA) for the 2020-2021 academic year, you should receive an acknowledgement or To Do List email from our office beginning December 2, 2019.

You may have To Do List items to complete before your 2020-2021 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 December in preparation for 2020-2021 Award Offers.

Newly admitted students with complete To Do Lists and complete file reviews can expect 2020-2021 award offers to be viewable in MySSU in February 2020.

For continuing students, Award Offers will be viewable in MySSU in June 2020, after Spring 2020 grades are posted. Students must have complete To Do Lists and complete file reviews in order to receive an award offer.

Added 11/22/2019

Winter Intersession Fee Payment Deferral Based on Spring 2020 Financial Aid

Extended Education provides information on the requirements to defer Winter Intersession fee payment based on Spring 2020 financial aid on their Financial Aid for Winter Intersession webpage.

Added 11/22/2019

2020-2021 Financial Aid Applications Open NowKeep Calm and Apply Now

If you are a US citizen or eligible non-citizen, file your 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at to apply for federal, state, and CSU programs.

If you are not eligible for federal financial aid, file your 2020-2021 California Dream Application at CA Dream Act to apply for state and CSU programs.

Whatever you do, don’t miss the March 2, 2020 priority filing deadline. More information on deadlines and the financial aid application process are available on our Deadlines page.

Added 10/22/2019

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