Financial Aid & Scholarship Office

Accepting or Declining Your Aid

After you receive your financial aid offer by email, access your Student Center to accept, reduce or decline your aid. The financial aid that you accept will show as pending aid in your Student Center and will be applied towards your fee balance. If you accept enough aid to cover your fee balance, your fees will be deferred and no out-of-pocket payment will be due from you. If your aid is not enough to cover your full fee balance, you must pay the balance by the fee payment deadline to hold your enrolled classes. If aid is not accepted within 45 days of offer, your award may be canceled.

Use your Student Center to:

  • View your financial aid
  • Accept, reduce or decline your financial aid
  • Enroll in e-Refund (direct deposit)
  • Complete any To Do List items or Holds
  • Authorize us to release information to any person other than yourself (e.g. parents)

Please note the following:

Your financial aid estimated offer will be based on full-time enrollment, even if you indicated on your FAFSA that you plan to enroll in fewer units. Your financial aid award may be adjusted at University Census if you are enrolled in fewer than full-time units.

Cal Grant awards will remain estimates until we receive notification from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) confirming your eligibility.

Your estimated financial aid offer will include a Federal Direct Stafford Loan offer if you have eligibility. This loan is being offered to you to assist with meeting your educational expenses. Access your Student Center to view your financial aid award and accept, reduce, or decline this loan amount. You may not have been offered your maximum loan eligibility. Check the annual loan limits. If you reduced or declined your loans, or have additional loan eligibility for the academic year, you may request additional loan(s) by submitting a Federal Direct Stafford Loan Application.