Financial Aid

Complete information about financial aid is on SSU's Financial Aid Office website.

Special circumstances for Spanish MA students:

  • Apply for financial aid as soon as you consider applying to the program. The application is free, and there is no obligation. Then, your aid application will be ready to match up with your SSU student file if and when you do apply.
  • Summer is considered the "trailer" to the financial aid award year, so students must apply for financial aid for three different award years.
    • The pattern will be: Summer; Fall/Spring/Summer; Fall/Spring/Summer.
    • For example, students who begin the program in Summer 2017 will need to complete the current FAFSA for the 2016-2017 award year. They will also need to do the 2017-2018 FAFSA when it's available (October 1, 2017), and the 2018-2019 for their final year.
  • Spanish MA program students must be enrolled in at least 4 units at SSU each term for which they seek a loan disbursement.
    • Students who take their academic year coursework somewhere other than SSU will not be eligible for a student loan during those terms, unless they are enrolled in at least 4 units at SSU at the same time.
    • However, often the amount that a Master's student can borrow is much higher than tuition costs, so most students should be able to set aside sufficient funds from their student loan disbursements to cover their costs out-of-pocket at another institution in Fall and/or Spring.
  • You may also search the web for private loan sources, or check with your employer about reimbursement for all or part of your expenses. Also, ask your tax advisor if you qualify for the Lifetime Learning tax credit.