Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for Financial Aid?
The financial aid process begins by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application process begins every year on January 1. The priority filing deadline date is March 2. Students can enter 10 schools on one application. The school code for SJSU is: 001155
I completed a FAFSA, what is the next step?
Students are sent a Student Aid Report (SAR), and the institution receives a file from FAFSA. Students should review the SAR carefully and should periodically check their MySJSU for document(s) that will appear on their To Do List. Seven Steps to Financial Aid details the financial aid process at SJSU.
How do I get a tuition fee deferral?
Fall and spring tuition fee deferrals will automatically be assigned to a student's MySJSU once all requested financial aid documents have been received.
What is a tuition fee deferral?
The tuition fee deferral suspends the payment of tuition fees and protects course enrollment. The tuition fee deferral is temporarily assigned to a student's MySJSU and is removed at the beginning of the semester, soon after the first disbursement of financial aid. The purpose of the tuition fee deferral is to allow a student's financial aid to disburse and apply towards fees.
Does the tuition fee deferral suspend housing fees?
The financial aid tuition fee deferral does not defer housing fees. Students should contact a University Housing Services representative for payment information.
What happens after the tuition fee deferral is removed from MySJSU?
Once the tuition fee deferral is removed, students are responsible for paying all fees by the set deadline date, regardless of his/her financial aid status. Course enrollment will be automatically dropped by the Bursar's Office if fees are not paid by the set deadline date.
How do I know if I have a tuition fee deferral on MySJSU?
The tuition fee deferral is viewed under "Other Indicators" located on the right hand side of the Student Center page on MySJSU. Select "Details" to view the semester that corresponds to your tuition fee deferral.
I will be a new student in the fall. Can I receive aid for summer classes before the fall term begins?
New students who are admitted for fall are not eligible for aid for the previous summer term.
Who is eligible to receive summer aid and how do I apply?
Students who have been awarded financial aid at SJSU for the current academic year are eligible to apply for summer aid. The criteria for summer aid are: student's must be registered in at least half-time units at SJSU (6 units - undergrad/post-baccalaureate/credential students, 4 units - graduate students). Upon registering for summer courses, students must consult with a financial aid representative to determine summer aid eligibility. View Summer Financial Aid for additional information
When will my summer financial aid disburse?
For eligible students, aid is disbursed after the second week of the summer session.
Do I have to be full-time to receive financial aid?
Most aid requires at least half-time enrollment (6 units for undergrad/post-baccalaureate/credential students, and 4 units for graduate students). However, because financial aid is awarded based on full-time enrollment, students must notify the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office if enrolled less than full-time status by submitting the Student Information Update Form.
I would like to take 3 units at SJSU and 3 units at another college. Does this count as half-time enrollment?
Students must be enrolled in 6 units at San Jose State University to count as half-time enrollment. Inquire with the Office of the Registrar for information on cross-enrollment requirements.
Will my financial aid pay my tuition and housing fees?
All fees owed to San Jose State University (i.e., tuition, fees, housing, book charges, short-term loans, etc.) will automatically be deducted from financial aid. If the financial aid a student receives is not sufficient to cover the full amount of fees, the remaining balance is the responsibility of the student and must be paid by the scheduled due date.
What if I receive additional funds from another source?
Students are required to report any outside aid such as scholarships, stipends, or vocational rehabilitation benefits to the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office as it may be necessary to revise your financial aid award. Report any outside aid by completing the Student Information Update form.
How do I sign up for direct deposit?
Will I receive my financial aid all at once?
Financial aid is awarded based on the academic year, and is equally divided into two semesters (fall and spring), unless otherwise specified. Disbursement of funds begins the first week of each semester and continues on a weekly basis. Aid for the semester is disbursed all at once. View Seven Steps to Financial Aid, refer to steps #5 and #6, for reasons why aid has not disbursed.
What if I change the number of units enrolled after receiving my financial aid award?
Students may be required to repay any overpayment if units are dropped after the initial disbursement. Students should periodically check their MySJSU for payment notices.
Can I receive financial aid at more than one college?
Due to federal regulations, students can only receive financial aid from one college during the same enrollment period.
What if I am not eligible for financial aid?
If a financial aid representative determines that you are not eligible for financial aid, you will be responsible for paying your tuition fees by the fee due date or you will be subject to enrollment cancellation. You may contact the Bursar's Office for payment arrangements.
Am I eligible for aid if I am enrolled in Open University?
Open University students are not eligible for federal or state aid.