Financial Aid


Financial Aid

Federal, State and Institutional Aid

Financial Aid may be available for students pursuing a first bachelor’s or master’s degree. Additional information about Financial Aid is available through Sacramento State’s Financial Aid & Scholarship Office.

The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Once you have completed the FAFSA watch your My Sac State “Student Center To Do List” for additional required forms and documents.

Alternative (Private) Loans

Alternative (Private) Loans are credit based loans available through banking institutions and not backed by the government. These loans may be appropriate for students who do not qualify for federally guaranteed subsidized, unsubsidized and parent PLUS loans. 

Students should always exhaust all of their federal financial aid eligibility options, including loans.  In most cases, you may need to meet with a financial aid counselor to review other aid options.  Fees and interest rates can be based on your credit score —  therefore, you are encouraged to shop different lenders for the best available option.  Sacramento State does not endorse or recommend private lending programs.

Please view the Financial Aid & Scholarships website to learn more about the Alternative (Private) Loan process.