Things 2 Know @ FAO

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

Financial Aid Requests for Summer Session

If you received financial aid at SSU for Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019, 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 2018 and/or Spring 2019, 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 2018 and/or Spring 2019 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 18-19 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 18-19 maximum Direct Loan eligibility during Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019, 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 18-19, 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 18-19 Pell Grant eligibility.

Students enrolled in 6 or more units who request remaining Direct Loan, PLUS (Parent) Loan, or additional Pell Grant must come to the Financial Aid Office counter on the first floor of Salazar Hall for a 2018-19 Summer Financial Aid Request form. . For parents who wish to borrow a Summer 2019 PLUS Loan, a paper application is required and must be attached to the Summer Financial Aid Request form.

Added 04/04/2019

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