Find a Part-Time Job

Having a part-time job can help with expenses and get you valuable work experience. Search for jobs on Springboard.

Apply Early & Every Year

File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid or the Cal Dream Act Application as soon as possible since some aid is first-come, first-served. The first day to submit your Financial Aid Application is October 1.

Stay Engaged & Stay On Track

We communicate with you by sending emails and adding items to your To Do List, so check your Student Center often and always read your HSU email. Missed deadlines equal missed money!

Talk To Your Family

College affordability is a family discussion and agreeing on expectations early will help with the planning process. Here are a few tips to help make college more affordable.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Doing well in your classes and graduating in four years ensures you will meet SAP and maintain your aid eligiblity. Faster completion equals less debt!

Budget & Borrow Wisely

Sticking to a budget and reducing expenses may help lower your student loan debt. Only borrow what you need and borrow as you go. Find budgeting tips here.