Financial Aid and Billing

Our Financial Aid office is here to partner with you to make a Saint Mary's education affordable. 

Below are just a few questions you may be asking yourself regarding the financial aid process. As always, you can always reach us at (925) 631-4370 or

Where do I find information about Financial Aid?

The best place is our Financial Aid site and Things You Need to Know section (FAQs). Also, please read the Understanding Your Financial Aid brochure included in your Welcome Packet.

What is the deadline for returning my award letter?

If you plan on accepting all of the awards from the financial aid office, you will not be required to return the award letter. If you intend to decline any of the awards, please sign and return the award letter with the changes you want as soon as you're able.  

How do Federal Direct Student Loans work?

Students who plan to take out the Federal Direct Student Loans must visit the Federal Student Aid site to complete the Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note.

What about the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students?

If your parents wish to take out the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) they can visit the Federal Student Aid site and complete the PLUS Application and Promissory Note.

Are there other sources for financial aid?

We strongly urge students to search for outside scholarships to help meet college expenses and reduce the need to take out loans. Please visit our Financial Aid scholarship search pages.

Still have questions or need help wading through the paperwork?

Check out our FAQs but if you need to contact someone here's who you should reach out to.

You can also contact us at (925) 631-4370 or