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Financial Aid

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In keeping with the philosophy that no student should be denied a college education simply because of lack of funds, the Financial Aid of the San Diego Mesa College is dedicated to assisting as many students as possible given the funding available each year.

The goal of the Financial Aid Office is to assist with financial concerns so that you might obtain maximum benefit from the educational opportunities available. The Financial Aid Office recognizes that your situation is unique and your application is carefully analyzed with complete confidentiality regarding your personal and financial information.

Information regarding academic programs, facilities, faculty, student services, and the refund policy for tuition and fees are printed in the college catalog. You may obtain a catalog by contacting the campus bookstore.


FALL 2022 AND SPRING 2023 IN PERSON AND PHONE HOURS effective AUG 15, 2022

FRIDAY - 8:00AM-1:00PM 

MONDAY - THURSDAY  10:00AM - 12:00PM & 02:00PM-04:00PM
FRIDAY - 10:00AM-12:00PM 

To speak with a FA office staff member you can call 619-388-2817 and press 9 during the window periods above [during our regular posted weekly business hours {excluding weekends and holidays}].  

Make sure you have a Financial Aid Office password set up with us before communicating with us by phone, email and zoom, otherwise we will ONLY provide General Information. 

You can submit the Password form with Government ID here.

You can also reach our office VIA EMAIL or You can  Click here for a full list of Financial Aid Office staff contact information to email directly or to set up a virtual appointment [via voice or video zoom].


Students can check their Financial Aid status via MYSDCCD portal.  You may submit most documents ONLY VIA our secure link here.  We do not accept and process any documents submitted as attachments via email.


NOTE:  Electronic consent option for Financial Aid students is active now for the 2021-22 academic year and forward.  As this is the result of a federal mandate, students MUST accept the electronic consent indicator in order to receive any electronic Financial Aid notifications, access Financial Aid information in the student portal, submit documents electronically and receive any responses to emails and system ticket requests, including Federal Work Study timesheets and all email and electronic notifications.  It is your right to decline electronic consent, though please be aware that If you opt-out, you will have to use US Mail or other carrier to send paper inquiries and documentation and we will no longer be able to communicate via electronic-mail.   To opt-in or out of e-consent, and you have already submitted your 2021-22 FAFSA, then log into your student portal, check your to-do list notifications for the e-consent checklist item and complete the steps.

You can contact our office via general office email or Click here for a full list of Financial Aid Office staff contact information to email directly.   

Request Zoom 

Visit the CARES Act: Student Emergency Relief Grant site for more information.

CARES ACT Reporting Information

For information about the Financial Assistance Grant, click HERE
The Financial Assistance Grant Application is closed. 

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

"Beginning May 12 {2021} all Pell Grant recipients will be able to sign up for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program to receive a $50 per month subsidy to cover the cost of internet and up to $100 for a connected device.  
Students can find more information and sign up at Students can verify their eligibility with 1) an email that will be sent to Pell recipients from the U.S. Department of Education informing them of their eligibility for the EBB program; or 2) a screenshot of a student’s dashboard from this academic year with Pell receipt information shown."

Pell Broadband


Financial AId updates & alerts

FAFSA Deadline Reminder for year 22 23        Cal Grant 22 23 Deadline

Time to file your 2021/2022 FAFSA OR dREAM app for SPRing 2022 & Summer 2022

AND 2022/2023 FAFSA OR dREAM app  FOR FALL 2022, SPRING 2023 & SUMMER 2023. 

The Academic and FAFSA year for San Diego Mesa College is Fall to Spring, then Summer.  The window to file your FAFSA opens in October each year for the following school year.  

IRS Data Retrieval Update

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) electronically transfers your Federal Tax Return information directly into your FAFSA.

IRS Tax Transcript 

Students that do not use the IRS Data Retrieval when completing their FAFSA online, and who must verify their tax and income information, must provide an IRS Tax Transcript to our office. We can no longer accept copies of federal tax returns (1040EZ, 1040A, 1040). To request an IRS Tax Transcript, students can call 1-800-908-9946 or order it online at .


“As an increased security measure, the IRS has implemented the process for individuals to register on the IRS website for IRS services such as obtaining tax transcripts using the Get Transcript Online service. Starting in summer 2022, the process will require a photo of an identity document such as a driver's license, state ID, passport, or passport card. It will also require a selfie with a smartphone or a computer with a webcam. This will limit access to the Get Transcript Online service for students without such forms of ID or smartphone/webcam access.”

IRS Get Transcript Online Tool

Taxpayers can now request their IRS Transcripts directly from .

Step 1          Go to

Step 2          Click on Get Transcript BY MAIL or Get Transcript ONLINE

Step 3          Verify your purpose by accepting the U.S. Government authorized use disclaimer

Step 4          Enter your information.  After a successful authentication a successfully you may be asked the following: Choose a reason for requesting transcript. For higher education/Student Financial Aid you will select Return Transcript.

Step 5           If ordered by MAIL: Once the IRS Tax Return Transcript arrives in the mail, submit to the Financial Aid Office. If ordered ONLINE: Print the IRS Tax Return Transcript provided to you and submit to the Financial Aid Office.

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Scholarship Alert

Before filling out personal information for scholarship applications look for the privacy information disclosed on their webpage. Using that piece of information decide what is in your best interest. We have received notification that:  “ ScholarshipPoints” and its owner, “Edvisors”, are among a growing number of companies that collect and then sell prospective students’ personal information by offering them a chance at scholarships, or even simply links to other people’s. Known by the sales term 'lead generators,' these companies pass along email addresses, phone numbers and home addresses to marketing partners, such as colleges and textbook companies, and students soon find themselves getting calls and emails they didn’t know to expect.


CSAC Statewide Cash for College Webinars - Virtual Schedule 

the California Student Aid Commission (Commission)
announces upcoming series of Statewide Cash for College Webinars aimed to
provide information to help students and families complete the 2023-24 Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application

These FREE webinars will be held on:

·   October 5, 2022 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

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·    November 16, 2022 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

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·    December 14, 2022 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

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·   January 12, 2023  5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

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·   January 25, 2023 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

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·    February 8, 2023 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

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·   February 22, 2023 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

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·    April 12, 2023 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

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·    August 9, 2023 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

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·   August 16, 2023 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

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·   August 23, 2023  5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

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The webinars are open to all students and families applying for financial aid. We
will have volunteers answering general questions throughout the session via
chat box. Please share this opportunity with your students. 


CA Dream Act 2022-23

Be prepared to complete your Dream Act:

  • DREAM ACT user ID/password
  • SOCIAL SECURITY number and/or
  • Student and parent taxes for 2020

 APPEAL WINDOWS & WORKSHOPS - updated December 2021

  • Fall 2022 Semester Appeal Submission Window: 7/12/22 thru 11/18/22
  • Spring 2023 Semester Appeal Submission Window: 11/14/22 thru 5/05/23 
  • Summer 2023 Session Appeal Submission Window: 5/08/23 thru 7/21/23

Completed appeal forms (including all documentation) are due no later than Noon on the end date posted above or your last day of classes for the semester – whichever comes first.  Incomplete appeal forms will not be considered. 



The Financial Aid Office of San Diego Mesa College offers Financial Aid Appeal workshops during each semesters' Appeal Submission windows. The Financial Aid Office highly recommends attending one of these workshops that focuses on the Financial Aid Appeal Process.

Please Note: Attendance at a workshop is not mandatory nor does it guarantee an approval, but may help give you a better understanding of the Financial Aid Appeal process as a tool for potential re-instatement. The information you will learn by attending a workshop prior to submitting your Financial Aid Appeal (such as key terminology, what may constitute an extenuating circumstance, detailed written statement and required supporting documentation), may help you to submit a more thorough appeal or come to an understanding if you don’t have a case for which to appeal.

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Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID replaced FSA PIN
You must create a new FSA ID (Username and Password) to access the Federal Student Aid websites. Click this link, FSA ID, for more information and instructions on how to create your FSA ID.

FAFSA or CA Dream Act required for CCPG Fee Waivers
To receive a CCPG Fee Waiver, you must complete and submit either a FAFSA application or a CA Dream Act application.

Exception: If you are eligible for a CCPG Fee Waiver under Method A (SSI, Cash Aid, General Assistance) you can still submit a paper CCPG Fee Waiver application along with the current qualifying documentation (dated within 60 days) to verify your status. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for other exceptions.

New Consumer Information Webpage
We have a new Consumer Information webpage that provides all of the required disclosures for students as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). Click on this link, Consumer Info to go the webpage.

Course Repetition and Receiving Federal Aid
Students can only receive financial aid for up to 1 repeat of any course with a passing grade (“D” grades are considered passing for purposes of repetition), if the program requires a passing grade of higher than a "D" for transfer or graduation.


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

The Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy has changed as of the 2015-2016 school year. The SAP standards have been strengthened and the appeal process is now enforced more rigorously. Please click here to review the new standards.

Certificate Programs (Gainful Employment)

Federal regulations require institutions to provide students with Gainful Employment information for specific certificate programs offered at our college.  Please click on the this link, Certificate Programs, to view the information for each program at San Diego Mesa College.

State Licensure Disclosure Requirement

California State Law AB2086 requires that participating Cal Grant institutions provide prospective students with links to the California State agencies that disclose the passage rate for students required to be licensed in order to work. The following programs offered at San Diego Mesa College require a state license:


Please see the headlines below for important information about protecting your financial aid and enrollment status.

Please be wary of phishing for Student Financial Aid

Early one morning a student at Mission College (Santa Clara), reported receiving a phone call from "GrantUniversity.Com.", instructing her to sign-up for Direct Deposit for faster disbursement of her aid. The student gave all of her personal identification and banking info to the caller. Immediately after hanging up, the student second guessed the call contacted the Financial Aid Office and closed her bank account. PLEASE BE AWARE, That at no time will a San Diego Community College District professional call a student and request banking information for Direct Deposit.

  • This type of call is NOT authorized, nor is contact information provided by Mesa College Financial Aid or any SDCCD personnel.
  • You will NEVER pay the SDCCD to have grants or scholarships awarded to you.
  • The SDCCD has developed a Direct Deposit system. Sign into MySDCCD and follow the prompts to sign up for Direct Deposit.


*ALERT 6/18/2014 * Cal Grant Scam!

There have been reports to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) that students are being contacted by individuals claiming to be from CSAC and asking for money in order to receive or reserve their Cal Grant award. This is a scam. CSAC will never ask for money or credit card information. Do not provide any information if contacted.

If you have been a victim or target of this scam, please contact the proper authorities such as College Police or the California Attorney General's Office at 800-952-5225.

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Student Health Fees

ALL students are required to pay the student health fee. Students who do not pay their health fee by the due date will be dropped for nonpayment.

The only exceptions to this policy are as follow:

  1. Students or students with parents who receive SSI/SSP [not to be confused with benefits from the Social Security Administration], TANF/CalWorks, or funds from the General Assistance Program. If you feel that this may apply to you, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (619) 388-2817.
  2. Students who depend solely on prayer for healing. If you feel that this may apply to you, please contact the Admission’s Office at (619) 388 – 2686.

Students enrolled in online classes and residing out of state

Students with a legal or mailing address that is located outside of California and that are enrolled in online (web) classes only, will not be allowed to enroll and will be dropped and as a result will not eligible for federal financial aid. Students that reside in the following U.S. States or Territories are not allowed to enroll:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • North Dakota
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • Washington D.C.
  • Wyoming
  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • N. Mariana Islands
  • Puerto Rico

students enrolled in online classes must verify their identity prior to disbursement

Students enrolled in substantially all online classes will be required to provide proof of identity in person at the Financial Aid Office in order to clear their first Grant or Loan disbursement. Students that reside outside of San Diego County may provide proof of identity with an original notarized form and signatures which must be delivered to the Financial Aid Office. Failure to provide proof of identity will result in a hold on all financial aid disbursements.



Address & Contact

San Diego Mesa College
Financial Aid Office
7250 Mesa College Drive, I4-107
San Diego, CA  92111
(619) 388-2817

FALL 2022 / SPRING 2023


FRIDAY - 8:00AM-1:00PM

10AM-12PM  & 2PM-4PM  FRIDAY 10AM-12PM