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Financial Aid & Scholarships

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Please contact our Office of Financial Aid for help with your FAFSA application or help managing your financial support.

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Financial Aid FAQs

Unlike other comparable Master’s degrees that cost $80,000-120,000 – Tuition for the 18-month HTM Master’s Program is $29,250 and is payable on a course-by-course basis. Simple payment schedule below:

Semester # of Units Tuition ($975 per unit)
Semester 1—Fall 10 $9750
HTM 602 3
HTM 601 3
HTM 653 4
Semester 2—Spring 6 $5850
HTM 651 3
HTM 680 3
Semester 3—Summer 6 $5850
HTM 790 3
HTM 690 3
Semester 4—Fall 8 $7800
HTM 655 3
HTM 682 2
HTM 780 3
Total $29,250

There is a two-tiered student loan program available for graduate students.  There are a number of factors involved in determining student eligibility and processing the loan applications, which you’ll need to understand. Review the student loan information on the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

Tier 1 is the unsubsidized loan. The gross amount of this loan is $20,500 for an academic year (fall and spring).

Tier 2 is the GradPlus loan, which may take you to the full cost of attendance. Students must pass a credit check to obtain this loan.

The unsubsidized loan may not cover the entire cost of tuition, therefore you may choose to pay the remainder of your tuition and fees out of pocket, or you may apply for a GradPlus loan.

Upon registering for courses, all payments are due according to the payment schedule.  If financial aid does not cover all of your costs, you will be responsible for making the additional payments on time in order to continue registering for your courses.

Eligibility for these loans is determined by the student’s “Cost of Attendance,” a number that is calculated by the SDSU Financial Aid Office and is based not only on the actual program tuition but also on other considerations such as room & board, transportation, books & supplies and misc. personal expenses.

The “Cost of Attendance” for SDSU graduate students is posted on the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website.  Once you are registered for the HTM Master’s Program and have submitted your Special Enrollment Agreement (SEA), the Cost of Attendance figure will be increased to reflect the actual fees for this program.

After a student has enrolled and is engaged in semester course work, he/she may file a Request for Budget Increase seeking to adjust the previous Cost of Attendance limit if there are additional documentable expenses in support of the student’s education. The expenses must be fully paid before the request is submitted. This is decided on a case-by-case basis by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Only one request per semester is allowed.

Student loan applications can typically be processed and approved within a matter of several weeks once all appropriate paperwork has been submitted.

FAFSA applications will be accepted starting January 1, and you may apply before you have completed your application for the program. We recommend that students intending to apply for financial aid submit their completed FAFSA application before February 1, 2016 If all requested documentation has been provided, you will receive notification of your financial aid status in May.

For all financial aid details please visit the SDSU FAFSA page.

AidLink is your portal to all financial aid information, communication and documents. You can log on to AidLink with your WebPortal ID and password.

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships can help with any financial aid questions you may have. For more information on how financial aid works and what resources you have available to you, please visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

You may also speak to a counselor by phone or in person Monday-Friday 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
(619) 594-6323
Student Services West, Room SSW-3605

We strongly encourage all students to apply for scholarships, including those administered by SDSU and outside scholarships offered by professional organizations in hospitality and related industries.

Here is a list of some of the available scholarships, but you will also want to research scholarships on your own as only you know what qualifications you meet for any number of privately funded scholarships: Scholarship Opportunities

Feel free to ask your instructors for letters of recommendation for scholarships.  You may be able to use the same letter to apply for multiple scholarships if you keep it very general. The same applies to essays you will write as part of the application process.

Students cannot access financial aid in a greater amount than the designated Cost of Attendance for the program. This includes all loans, grants and scholarships combined. Students receiving scholarship or grant awards—after the initial awarding of unsubsidized and GradPlus loans—will have an award adjustment processed. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will notify students via email to logon to AidLink to view the adjusted award. Specific questions regarding an adjustment may be directed to this office at (619) 594-6323, Monday through Friday, 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.

All scholarships must be reported to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, and the recipient should consult a tax preparer to determine if the award is taxable under IRS rules.

Unfortunately, state grants are not applicable to tuition for the HTM Master’s program.

Scholarships are widely available, but not guaranteed. For help with finding scholarship opportunities, please contact Candy Flynn cflynn@mail.sdsu.edu.

Please visit the Office of Financial Aid webpage for a comprehensive listing of FAQ’s.

The HTM program team is happy to assist you in finding answers to your questions.  Please contact Candy Flynn at 619-594-5110 or cflynn@mail.sdsu.edu for assistance.  Keep in mind that privacy laws prohibit the staff from giving us your protected information, so we will pursue information in general terms.

Please contact Candy Flynn cflynn@mail.sdsu.edu for information about scholarships.