Things 2 Know @ FAO

Fall 2019 Late Drop-In Advising

During the first 2 weeks of the Fall 2019 semester from 5-7pm on Tuesdays late drop-in financial aid advising will be available on the following dates, 08/20/2019 and 08/27/2019.

If Your Registration Charges Are Due On July 5, Check Your Financial Aid Award for Fall 2019

If you registered for Fall 2019 classes from April 29 - May 31, your registration charges are due on July 5.

If you expect your financial aid award to cover your Fall registration charges, be sure to check the View Financial Aid link in MySSU. You must see financial aid award program names and dollar amounts in the Fall 2019 section in order to avoid disenrollment.

If your award does not cover your full registration charges, you must pay the difference by the due date on July 5.

If you do not have an award in place, check your To Do List. Detailed instructions for viewing your award and To Do List can be found in the Help Book on our Using MySSU page.

Contact our office at finaid@sonoma.edu if you need assistance.

Added 07/01/2019

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