New Students and Parents
On behalf of Student Account Services, welcome to the Aztec Family! This webpage contains essential information for new students & families that will help facilitate a smooth transition to SDSU.
New Student & Parent Guide
New students and parents are encouraged to refer to "Your Guide for Student Finances" which outlines important financial topics. This document is a great starting point to become familiar with SDSU's financial policies and procedures.
Preparing for the Semester
There is a lot to do in preparation for the semester. Be sure that the following financial items are addressed:
Out-of-state and foreign students must pay Non-Resident Tuition & Fees ($396 per unit of course work) in addition to Basic Tuition & Fees. Non-Resident Tuition is due prior to the first day of instruction.
Graduate students enrolled in the Fowler College of Business must pay Professional Program Fees ($270 per unit of coursework) in addition to all other applicable fees. Professional Program Fees are due prior to the first day of instruction.
One email & password, three accounts. SDSU students are provided with an @sdsu.edu email address, called the SDSUid*, which used to access a variety of online services such as the Online Student Account, WebPortal, and AidLink.
*If you have not claimed your SDSUid, visit it.sdsu.edu/sdsuid for information and instructions.
View and pay bills, enroll in direct deposit, and more.
Register for courses, request transcripts, and more.
View Financial Aid Awards and activate student loans.
Parents & 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, the student must authorize the individual. If someone other than the student will be paying bills, a Parent/Third Party account may be created allowing the individual to make payments to SDSU.
- Log into 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
- 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 a 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 a third party account does not satisfy FERPA Authorization.
Paying for college can be a financial burden on both the student and family that creates stress for all involved. However, there are numerous financial resources available (both at SDSU and outside of SDSU) to help manage the cost of education.
Financial Aid (Federal & State Aid)
Students of all class levels should complete FAFSA at studentaid.ed/gov/sa/fafsa to be considered for all types of state and federal aid:
- Do not need to be paid back
- Easily search for scholarships with the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship's search tool
- Eligibility determined by FAFSA
- Part-time employment program
- Flexible scheduling
- Gain valuable job experience
- Borrowed money to be repaid with interest
- May come from the federal government, private banks, and other organizations
- Loan Activation begins July 1st
The Federal Needs Analysis formula requires information from a student's parents to measure potential contribution to the cost of attendance. Parent information is required even if the student does not live with or receive financial support from parents. For questions regarding Financial Aid at SDSU, contact the Financial Aid Office at sdsu.edu/financialaid or call 619.594.6323.
Student Employment Opportunities
SDSU has many resources to assist students with employment - Housing Administration and SDSU Dining alone hire hundreds of student workers. SDSU also has a Career Services office which helps students find jobs/internships and hosts many workshops designed to help students with their career preparedness.
Associated Students (AS) is the student governing body of SDSU composed of:
- Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union
- Aztec Recreation Center (ARC)
- A.S. Government
- Mission Bay Aquatic Center
- Viejas Arena
- Children's Center
- The Daily Aztec (Newspaper)
Like Aztec Shops, AS also posts jobs (full-time and part-time) on their website, accessible from the top menu bar.