Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


In keeping with the philosophy that no student should be denied a college education simply because of lack of funds, the Financial Aid Office of 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.

The Mesa College Financial Aid Office is here to help eligible students find the solutions to meet your financial needs and walk you through the process of applying for grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study opportunities so you can fund your education. We know college is an investment. Let us help you make it affordable.

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 or view the electronic catalog versions.


Learn how to contact the Financial Aid Office

Financial Aid Information Fair

Join us for the Financial Aid Information Fair twice a year.  Free lunch will be served for the first 250 students. Learn about student support program and services and get everything you need to succeed!  24-25 Financial Aid Fair information coming soon. 

Keep Your Personal Information Safe

Do NOT email forms to any staff in the Financial Aid Office. The email server is unencrypted and not secure.

    • DO NOT submit via email any documents that have any Social Security Numbers (SSN) on them.
    • DO NOT submit via email any sensitive data documents such as but NOT LIMITED to State Driver’s License or State Identification card, Passport Card, US Passport or Military Identification etc.
    • DO NOT submit via email picture of documents with any SSN or sensitive data.
    • DO NOT submit via email any State or Federal Tax documents.

Emails containing private information will be deleted. Mesa College is not liable for any damages from emailing sensitive documents.

Access The Financial Aid Guide

Whether it's your first time applying for financial aid or you've applied before, we're here to break down the process to make aid accessible to all qualifying students. Follow our step-by-step guide to learn about college financial aid requirements including how to apply, receive, and maintain your aid throughout your time at Mesa.

Get financial aid for community college. Access our step-by-step guide

Apply for Financial Aid

Ready to apply for aid? When Mesa students apply for financial aid, they have the potential to save thousands of dollars with opportunities for reduced and even free tuition. See if you qualify for need- or merit-based support and get help paying for college. Apply for financial aid

The FAFSA process has changed. Everyone should review the details and changes of FAFSA Simplification before applying for Financial Aid.

Calculate the Cost of Attendance

The cost of tuition and enrollment is just a portion of the expenses you will accrue during your time as a college student. You may need to consider other fees as well, including the cost of rent, transportation, and school supplies. Use our student budget estimates and Net Price Calculator to help determine the amount of aid you may be eligible for and calculate your cost of attendance.

Access the student budget breakdown

Discover Different Types of Financial Aid

Financial aid comes in many forms - from free money to sources you will have to repay over time. It's important that you familiarize yourself with the different financial aid options that are available to you so you can finance your education and earn your degree or certificate at the lowest cost to you.

Learn about loans, grants, scholarships, and more

Apply For College Scholarships

Applying for scholarships can be a great way to lower the cost of college. Receive financial support based on your demonstrated need, identity, accomplishments, and more, and learn about Mesa's wide selection of scholarships for college students.

Explore scholarships and eligibility

Participate in Work Study

Students who are eligible for the Federal Work Study program have the opportunity to hold paid positions on and off campus, gain experience working in various departments and industries, and earn funds that can be put toward the cost of their education.

Learn more about Federal Work Study