Welcome back to the Fall 2021 semester Aztecs! This webpage was prepared to communicate information about COVID-19 as it relates to the operations of Student Account Services. Regardless of the modality and circumstances we are steadfast in our commitment to providing the SDSU community with prompt, reliable, and secure financial services.
American Rescue Plan, HEERF III
San Diego State expects to release the third round of emergency grants to eligible students as early as August 2021 (prior to the start of the fall semester).
Our Health & Safety Pledge
The health and safety of all members of the SDSU campus community is paramount. For this reason and in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are operating in a minimal-contact environment. Please read the information on this page and help us protect our students, faculty, staff, and loved ones by minimizing physical contact and abiding by physical distancing policies set forth by our office and the university.
Prioritize Online Payments
Online payments should be prioritized whenever possible. Not only will paying online help protect the health of you and our staff, but online payments methods are also quick, easy, convenient, and secure. Payments can be made by logging into your Online Student Account via any device with an internet connection. We accommodate credit card, electronic check (eCheck), and wire transfers.
There are a variety of ATM machines across the SDSU campus; consider depositing cash into your bank account and paying online using eCheck Similarly, use an eCheck as an alternative to writing a personal check.
529 Plan holders are encouraged to inquire with their financial institution/financial advisor about alternatives to physical check payments. Some plans will authorize users to transfer funds to their personal bank account, after which you may pay SDSU via eCheck. Other plans may offer directly wire transfers to SDSU.
For more information about online payment options refer to our Payment Options webpage.
Our Virtual Support Services
At Student Account Services we have implemented various virtual resources to ensure that students and parents are able to access the resources they need during the Spring 2021 semester. These services include:
1. Live Chat
Our primary method of communication allows you to text real-time with a staff member via the red chat bubble on our website. This feature is available Monday - Friday, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. To use this feature, click the red chat bubble and from the list of buttons select “Speak With Live Agent”*.
*Please note: Speal With Live Agent button is only provided if a representative is online and available. If no agent is available try again later or consider one of our other services below.
2. Virtual Meeting (Zoom)
The Student Financial Center is a virtual space to ask questions via Zoom regarding student accounts and/or financial aid and scholarships.
Virtual office hours are Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm. The Zoom Meeting ID is 872-9357-5613.
Note: Parents are required to have FERPA authorization prior to discussing student information. Authorization is completed by the student in the Update Privacy Settings section in WebPortal.
3. Conact Form
After hours? Submit a query via our Contact Us Form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Due to staffing and the number of inquiries received our response (email) may be delayed 5 - 7 days.
Parents & Student Privacy (FERPA)
"What do you mean you can't discuss the account with me? I'm paying the bills!"
The Family Education Rights & Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) protects the privacy of student education records, including financial records. For a student's information to be disclosed to anyone (including parents), the student must authorize the individual. If you will be contacting us on behalf of your student, please verify that your student has provided FERPA Authorization before contacting us. Instructions are provided below:
To provide FERPA Authorization, the student shall:
- Log into SDSU WebPortal
- Click "Update Privacy Settings" from the menu
- Fill in the fields and click continue*
*Be sure to check the boxes for each office permitted to disclose information to the authorized individual (i.e. Student Account Services/Cashier Office). Once your Privacy Settings are updated we will be able to discuss the student account with your designated individual.
If someone other than the student will be paying the bills, a Parent Account may be created which will allow the individual to make payments to SDSU on the student's behalf. This user would also receive eBill notifications via email.
To create a Parent Account (does NOT replace the need for FERPA Authorization), the student shall:
- Log into the Online Student Account
- Under Parent PINs section click on "Add New"
- Fill in the fields*
- Select the privacy settings
- Submit the form
*The first field, "Parent or Authorized User Account", is referring to username for the account. This username must be unique; usernames such as "mom" or "dad" have already been claimed.
An email will be sent to the third party detailing instructions on how to log in. The temporary password must be changed within 48 hours of creating the account.
Note: simply creating this account does not satisfy FERPA Authorization. If you call us to talk about a student's information, you must have FERPA Authorization as well.
Limited In-Person Operations
We strongly encourage all payments to be made online and also encourage the use of online resources (AidLink, the Online Student Account, Live Chat, etc). Our physical campus office (Student Services West 2536) will be open on Thursays 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. for cash payments only.
To ensure the safety of both staff and our customers (students and parents), we will limit occupancy in our office to four individuals at a time. We ask that you respect the physical distancing measures we have in place: a face covering is required at all times and we ask that you follow signage to stay 6 feet apart from others. For your health and safety, we will also have hand sanitizing stations for use as you enter and exit the office.
Student Emergency Funding
August 2021 - American Rescue Plan (HEERF III)
San Diego State expects to release the third round of emergency grants to eligible students as early as August 2021 (prior to the start of the fall semester). Students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit via the Online Student Account to expedite the receipt of funding.
February 2021 – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)
On December 27, 2020, the President signed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) (P.L. 116-260). This new law gives the U.S. Department of Education (Department) approximately $22.7 billion in additional funding to distribute to institutions of higher education in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus through the HEERF. SDSU’s total allocation is $45,914,127. The CRRSAA mandates that at least $14,697,467 of these funds be spent on direct student aid (this is the amount of student awards mandated under the original CARES Act.)
A total of 34,023 students were enrolled for spring 2021. Of those, 23,282 are eligible for new CARES funding (have a 2020-21 FAFSA and are U.S citizens or eligible non-citizens).
March 2020- Federal CARES Act Emergency Student Funding
Under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), SDSU was given over $14 million in emergency aid earmarked to assist students whose lives have been disrupted due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
In Spring 2020 there were a total of 32,214 students enrolled. Of those, 22,268 were eligible for CARES funding (had a 2019-20 FAFSA and were U.S citizens or eligible non-citizens).
The CARES Act did not provide emergency funds for international students, international exchange participants, or those who students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. SDSU provided financial support to these students through the use of $800,000 from other university funds that are not federal dollars.
As usual, Basic Tuition & Fees are due before registration occurs. The Fall 2021 Class Schedule will be posted on May 10th along with students' registration and fee payment date. Be sure to pay your Basic Tuition & Fees, preferably before the suggested Fee Payment Date. Students will be unable to register until Basic Tuition & Fees are paid.
SDSU will not reduce tuition. Tuition at the CSU is set by the CSU Board of Trustees. In previous academic semesters, the CSU has said instruction on all 23 CSU campuses, including SDSU, is being conducted via hybrid, virtual and in-person (as exceptions) on a temporary basis to ensure that students continue their education and maintain their progress toward degree completion despite the current public health crisis. In the event of an outbreak SDSU and the CSU would again implement academic continuity plans. Therefore a refund, reduction, and/or proration of Tuition is not warranted.
Finally, the university does have a process for students to request a refund for tuition and mandatory fees based on special circumstances. These special circumstances include tuition and fees that were assessed or collected in error; the course for which Tuition and Fees were assessed or collected was canceled by the university; the university makes a decision that the student was not eligible to enroll in the term for which tuition and fees were assessed or collected; or the student was activated for mandatory military service. If you believe you can demonstrate exceptional circumstances warranting a refund, you may petition in accordance with the campus policy.
Mandatory Campus Fees are assessed to all students every term regardless of whether they are a full-time student, part-time student, online student or a student studying abroad – and even if they do not expect to ever use the programs or facilities they support. The Mandatory Campus Fees are based on the approval process involving previous cohorts of students, and the funding supports programs, services and facilities unique to the SDSU campus. The expenses related to these initiatives, such as full-time staff and part-time staff and student employee expenses, bond payments on buildings, and other costs to operate programs, are largely still occurring this semester. Students must understand that if they expect facilities and programs to be available to them now and in the future, they must of course be financially supported and maintained.
Yes. You can fill out a "Request for Review" available via the Forms section of the Financial Aid website.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) became law, providing relief on ED-owned federal student loans: suspension of loan payments, stopped collections on defaulted loans, and a 0% interest rate as temporary relief. As of January 20, 2021, 0% student loan interest rate and suspension of payments on federal student loans through the Department of Education have been extended through at least September 30, 2021. Students can still make payments (with their loan servicer) if they choose.
Please refer to StudentAid.gov/coronavirus for the latest updates.
To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 emergency, federal student loan borrowers were automatically placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payments. This was active for loans as of March 13, 2020 through at least September 30, 2021 (latest extension). This may not be applicable for federal loans that were delinquent or in default prior to March 13, 2020. For information on the status of a delinquent or defaulted federal loan, please contact your loan servicer.
If you do not know who your servicer is or how to contact them, visit the Student Aid website or call at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243; TTY for the deaf or hearing-impaired 1-800-730-8913) for assistance.
Student Account Services recognizes the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic and information on this webpage is subject to change as San Diego State University continues to monitor the situation. Every effort is made to keep this page current and accurate. This page last updated June 10, 2021.