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To be eligible to receive federal aid, students must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • comply with Selective Service registration, if required (see for more information);
  • be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, as a regular (matriculated) student at SJSU. Open University students are not eligible for federal student aid.

Applying/Re-Applying for Financial Aid

The application process begins every year on January 1. The priority filing date is March 2. Applications can still be submitted after the priority filling date, however funding may be limited. 

Make sure to complete the appropriate application corresponding to the academic year of attendance. For instance, FAFSA 2015-16, corresponds to fall 2015 - spring 2016. Applicants may use an estimated income on their FAFSA if their federal tax return will not be completed by the priority filing date.  Also, when completing the FAFSA, use your legal name as it appears on your social security card.

New Applicants (Students who have never applied for financial aid)

  • Obtain a U.S. Department of Education PIN . This PIN will serve as your electronic signature when completing your online FAFSA. Federal Student Aid (FSA) will email you with your PIN information and steps for using your PIN. NOTE: On April 26, 2015, a new login process will be implemented to access FAFSA on the web, NSLDS, Student Access,,, and the TEACH grant websites. There is nothing you need to do before the change. Notification of the new process will be provided to you upon logging into these websites on April 26.
  • Go to the FAFSA website  to learn about the FAFSA process and complete the application on-line
  • Or download and complete a paper version of the FAFSA. 

Renewal Applicants (Students who have previously applied for financial aid)

  • If you lost or forgot your PIN, you can request a duplicate PIN 
  • Complete your FAFSA online by selecting the application pertaining to the academic year of attendance 
  • Or download and complete a paper version of the FAFSA

View the following links for additional information about financial aid: