financial aid (fa)

The Financial Aid Office is responsible for processing financial aid applications to assist students with the payment of their educational costs through grants, student loans, scholarships and work opportunities. Fall 2021 financial aid awards are scheduled to be credited to your student account a few days before the first week of classes. The first day of classes is Monday, January 24, 2022. Financial aid will be applied to a student’s account through our disbursement process.  Financial aid will first pay tuition fees and for students residing in University housing, those charges will also be paid. After your campus fees have been paid, if there is remaining funds a refund will be issued by Student Financial Services. We encourage you to sign up for Direct Deposit as an option for receiving your refund. For specific information on Direct Deposit, please visit By using direct deposit, your refund may be available within 3-5 business days.  If you do not choose to sign-up for direct deposit, a paper refund check with be mailed to the mailing address listed on the student portal within 7-10 business days.

If you receive any financial aid and then decide to drop units or withdraw from the University, you will be required to repay all or a part of the financial aid received. For information on procedures to drop a course or to withdraw from the University can be found at

If you wish to cancel all or a portion of your Federal Direct Loan or Federal TEACH Grant, you must notify the Financial Aid Office within 14 days of the date your funds were credited to your student account by completing and submitting the 2021-2022 Financial Aid Adjustment Request form found in the “Forms” section of the CSUDH Financial Aid Office website at   To receive your financial aid, you must be:

  • Enrolled in the appropriate number of units
  • Not have any university holds on your student record
  • Have submitted all requested financial aid documents
  • Meet our Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards located at
  • If required, completed the Entrance Loan Counseling, Master Promissory Note and the Annual Student Loan Acknowledgment requirements for borrowing a Federal Direct Loan.

For additional items that may be required for the release of a Federal Direct Loan, please refer to the section below entitled "Direct Loan Borrowers."

Federal Pell Grant Recipients

Your financial aid award is based on full-time enrollment (12 units for undergraduate and credential students). Your Federal Pell Grant is dependent on your enrollment status and eligibility. To receive your award, you must first be enrolled. If you enroll ¾ time (9-11 units), your grant will be reduced to 75% of the award amount. If you enroll half-time (6-8 units), your grant will be reduced to 50% of the award amount. If you enroll less than half-time (1-5 units), your grant will be reduced to 25% of the award amount. Some Federal Pell Grant recipients may not be eligible if enrolled in less than full time units. The duration of a student's Federal Pell Grant eligibility is limited to six years of full-time enrollment. To check your Pell Grant eligibility online at

State University Grant (SUG) Recipients

Students offered a State University Grant must be enrolled at least half-time (6 units undergraduate/credential or 4 units graduate) in stateside courses and be charged Tuition Fee.  Undergraduate students are not eligible for this grant if they have accumulated more than 150 semester units; undergraduate transfer students cannot accumulate more than 75 CSU semester units, and teaching credential students cannot accumulate more than 30 semester units. Master students cannot accumulate more than 125% of the required units to complete the degree. Students pursuing a second Bachelor's, certificate, non-teaching second Credential or second Master's degree are not eligible; regardless of where they received their previous degree(s).

Please note: Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Military credit and Pre-baccalaureate credit and credit by examination will not count against the new SUG limits.

Cal Grant Recipients

In accordance with the disbursement rules established by the California Student Aid Commission, Cal Grant funds must be prorated for students who enroll less than full time (12 units).  These proration rules apply to all programs - Cal Grant A, B and B-Access.  If you enroll ¾ time (9-11 units), your grant will be reduced to 75% of the award amount.  If you enroll half-time (6-8 units), your grant will be reduced to 50% of the award amount.  If you enroll less than half-time (1-5 units), you are ineligible to receive the Cal Grant award disbursement. Cal Grant funding is limited to 4 academic years.  In order to graduate in 4 years, you must complete 15 units or more per semester.  Create a plan with your academic advisor to ensure you will graduate in 4 years.

Federal Direct Loan Borrowers 

Federal Direct Loans are loans from the Department of Education and must be REPAID.  Repayment will begin after you graduate or are no longer enrolled half-time. If you accept a Federal Direct Loan, you will receive a Disclosure Statement from the U.S. Department of Education. Please Note: The Anticipated Disbursement date is NOT the date your Direct Loan will be available to you. Financial aid is credited to your student account prior to the first week of classes and refunds are issued prior to the first week of classes.

If you are a first-time student loan borrower, you are required to complete the Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note prior to being issued any student loan funds.  Both requirements can be completed online at

Additional Resources 

Students are required to notify the Financial Aid Office if receiving additional resources such as, but not limited to, the following:  Vocational rehabilitation benefits, scholarships (from a university department or an outside agency), fee waivers, third party payments.  Veteran's benefits and/or any other form of financial assistance not already reflected on your financial aid offer.  Your financial aid may be adjusted to resolve potential over-awarding of funds and/or conflicts of fee paying resources.

Financial Aid Eligibility and Repeating Classes 

Students who passed a class may repeat the class once to receive a better grade and will be eligible for aid.  For students who have previously failed a class and subsequently fail the same class, any additional attempt cannot be included in your enrollment status for determining aid eligibility. 

The Financial Aid Office will identify students who are repeating previously passed classes and reduce their offer based on the adjusted enrollment status. Students will be notified on their Toromail account and directed to the Student Center at to view their revised awards. Repeated classes count against Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) which must be taken into consideration when determining aid eligibility. Make sure to read the SAP Policy on our website at for more information.

For specific information on how to apply for financial aid, types of aid available, deadlines, office hours, and on/off-campus job opportunities, please visit our web site at

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Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.