Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who should apply for Financial Aid?
  • How do I apply?
  • What is the Priority Deadline?
  • What happens if I miss the priority deadline?
  • Why did my EFC change after I submitted my FAFSA?
  • The FAFSA said I was eligible for a Pell Grant and now the portal says I’m not eligible, what happened?
  • May I attend part-time and be eligible for Financial Aid?
  • Why did I not receive a merit award?
  • What is the GPA minimum to keep my merit award?
  • How is Eligibility Determined?
  • What types of Financial Aid are there?
  • How long does it take to process a Financial Aid application?
  • What if I don’t turn in the requested documentation?
  • Is this award for all four years?
  • Where can I obtain my password for the MySanDiego portal?
  • Where can I see my Financial Aid Award?
  • I applied for a loan, when will I receive the money?
  • I need to know my award so I can make a decision about attending, but I (or my parents) have filed for an extension on our taxes?
  • Where do I accept or decline my awards?
  • Why did my award change? Why is it different from last year?
  • Where can I see if there are any Financial Aid Requirements?
  • Why are there so many red flags on my portal?
  • I’ve accepted the wrong loan amount on my portal, how can I change it?
  • How long do I have to submit requested documents? When are the forms due?
  • Why did my award change after turning in verification forms?
  • Where can I see a breakdown of the Cost of Attendance?
  • My parent recently lost his/her job, how can I get more financial aid?
  • How do I apply for the loans offered?
  • What is the difference between the Subsidized and Unsubsidized loan?
  • Am I required to complete Entrance/Exit Loan Counseling?
  • I am transferring from another school mid-year, may I transfer my aid?
  • What if I receive Financial Aid and then withdraw from classes?
  • Why isn’t my Cal Grant showing up on my award?
  • How will my award change if I am awarded a Cal Grant?
  • Why does the USDS change if I am awarded a Cal Grant?
  • I was awarded FWS, how do I find a job on campus?
  • I was not offered FWS on my award, how can I get a job on campus?
  • What happens if I receive an award from a private source other than USD?
  • When will my outside scholarships post to my USD account?
  • What if I need more financial aid than I am awarded and I am not eligible for any/additional scholarships or grants?
  • Why are the interest rates so high on the Parent Plus Loan?
  • Does the University accept payments from 529 College Saving Plans?
  • Do I have to report 529 College Savings Plans on the FAFSA?
  • How do parents and students report 529 College Savings Plans on the FAFSA?
  • What if other members of my family have a 529 College Savings Plan and want me to be the beneficiary? How do I report that on the FAFSA?
  • How to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?
  • Can we use a copy of our tax return?
  • I’ve completed the DRT but it still shows as required, why?
  • How can I order a Tax Return Transcript if I do not want to use the Data Retrieval Tool or am ineligible to use it?
  • Are Summer and Intersession covered in my award?
  • Do I need to reapply every year?