Things 2 Know @ FAO
Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 To Do List Notifications and Financial Aid Award Offer Timeline
We are currently loading the results of the 16-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and 16-17 California Dream Application into our system.
Students with To Do List items will receive an email notification and you will see the items in MySSU. Some students will not have any To Do List items assigned, in which case we will send you an application acknowledgement email at that time.
Students newly admitted to programs that are eligible for financial aid will begin receiving 2016-2017 financial aid award offers in April. Continuing SSU students will begin receiving notification of their award offer in mid-June, after Spring 2016 grades have been posted.
Spring 2016 Late Drop-In Advising
During the first 4 weeks of the Spring 2016 semester from 5-7pm on Wednesdays late drop-in financial aid advising will be available on the following dates, 01/27/2016, 02/03/2016, 02/10/2016, and 02/17/2016.
Prepare for the 2016-2017 Financial Aid Application Priority Deadline
The 2016-2017 CSU priority deadline and Cal Grant deadline is March 2, 2016. As of January 1, 2016, you can begin submitting the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Application. Prepare to meet this deadline by completing your federal income tax return as soon as possible and by filing it electronically with the IRS if possible. Please Note: If you cannot file your federal taxes before the March 2 priority deadline, you can estimate your income information and still file the FAFSA before the deadline.
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.
WebGrants4Students Link for California Residents and AB540 Students
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.