Office of Financial Aid

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It is the mission of the USD Office of Financial Aid to provide financial assistance in an accurate, efficient, and timely manner as well as to provide the best possible service.

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The priority deadline for undergraduate students is March 2, 2014.
The priority deadline for graduate students is April 1, 2014.

USD's Undergraduate/Graduate FAFSA School Code is 010395

  • Changes to the Federal Direct Subsidized Loan program for Graduate Students. Beginning July 1, 2012, graduate and professional students will no longer be eligible to receive Federal Direct Subsidized Loans. This change will not affect loans received by students prior to July 1st.
  • Elimination of the Grace Period Interest Subsidy – Currently, the federal government pays the interest on a Federal Direct Subsidized loan not only when the student is enrolled at least ½ time but also during their 6 month grace period. Effective 7/1/12, the federal government will temporarily eliminate the interest subsidy during the 6 month grace period for loans made between 7/1/12 and 6/30/2014.
  • The US Department of Education is Requiring use of the IRS "Data Retrieval Tool" (DRT). FAFSA filers selected for verification must now use the IRS DRT or provide a Tax Return Transcript. Copies of tax forms 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ can no longer be accepted. Click the link for more information.
  • Cal Grant Program Changes The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) changed the terms and conditions for Cal Grant renewals.