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Applying to SSS

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Students are eligible to apply upon admission to CSUSM.

The priority deadline for Spring 2022 applications will be January 15, 2022


Eligibility is based on federally-funded criteria:

  • Low-income (Low-income levels are determined according to federal guidelines)
  • First-generation college student (Neither parent completed a 4-year college degree)
  • Have a verified disability

In addition, SSS Scholars must aslo be:

  • Admitted and enrolled at CSUSM
  • U.S. Citizenship or Legal Resident Status
  • Qualify for federal financial aid and have a current FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file
  • Have evidence of academic need as indicated on the SSS application


STEP 1: Read and review the application thoroughly.

STEP 2: Download the SSS Application here.

STEP 3: Complete the SSS Application to the best of your ability.

STEP 4: Gather the following supplemental documents to complete your application:

  • Income Tax Return Form that shows your TAXABLE INCOME (usually the first 2 pages of your Tax Returns) OR a statement with of your annual income information 

STEP 5: Submit your completed application to 

If you have questions about whether you are eligible for or would benefit from SSS, please send an e-mail to