1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Obtain a U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Number (PIN). The PIN application is for students and parents who want to apply for a Federal
Student Aid. This PIN will serve as the electronic signature when completing the on-line
There are three (3) FAFSA filing options. View the options at FAFSA website. The priority filing deadline date is March 2nd, annually.
SJSU Federal School Code: 001155
2. Student Receives Student Aid Report (SAR)
Once the FAFSA is processed by the Federal Student Aid (FSA) an email will be sent
to you regarding the Student Aid Report (SAR). If an e-mail is not provided on the
FAFSA, a paper SAR will be mailed to the address provided.
Read the SAR carefully and perform any corrections on-line as necessary.
If corrections are made, allow 2 weeks for the FAFSA corrections to be processed and
for our office to receive your updated FAFSA data.
3. SJSU Contacts Student Requesting Documents
Once our office receives your FAFSA data, we will send you a message within 2 weeks
of your final correction via MySJSU instructing you to complete and submit documents
from your To Do List in MySJSU.
Corrections must be made by a Financial Aid representative once this message is received.
Navigate to MySJSU > Self Service > Student Center > To Do List
Make copies for your own records and make sure your SJSU ID number is listed on all
4. Evaluation Process: approximately 4 to 8 weeks (depending on the volume of incoming
Once all requested documents are submitted to the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office,
the 4- 8 week evaluation process will begin.
Your application status may change and/or additional documents may be requested. Check
your MySJSU often for notifications.
All requested financial aid documents must be submitted to the Financial Aid and Scholarship
Office prior to the scheduled payment deadline date to qualify for a tuition fee deferral.
Tuition fee deferrals delay the payment of tuition fees and protect course enrollment. Tuition
fee deferrals are temporary and are removed at the beginning of each semester. It
is the student's responsibility to pay tuition fees if all requested documents have
not been submitted at least one month prior to the beginning of each semester. Once
fee deferrals are removed, students are responsible for paying all tuition fees by
the set deadline date regardless of their financial aid status.
5. Award Notification
Students are notified of their award when the evaluation process is completed. A notification
message of the award will be sent to the student's MySJSU (paper notices will not be mailed).
You may view your Financial Aid Award on-line at MySJSU > Self Service > Student Center > in the "Finances" section > View Financial Aid
and select appropriate aid year.
Financial aid is based on full-time enrollment. If you plan to be enrolled less than
full-time, complete the Student Information Update Form (PDF). Financial aid funds may be prorated for students who are enrolled for less than
full-time. Please note: Failure to return this form will delay your disbursement.
If you have been awarded a Federal Stafford Loan and wish to borrow funds, go to the
Federal Direct Stafford Loans page and follow the outlined steps.
6. Disbursement of Funds
Disbursement of funds begins on a weekly basis, starting the first week of each semester
The disbursement process is scheduled to begin on the date that is listed within your
award notification. However, the entire process does take at least 3-5 business days
to complete before any credit funds are posted and available for refund either through
the direct deposit or paper check delivery process.
Disbursement of funds is based on a clear admission status. Aid is held pending confirmation
Disbursement of funds may be held for several reasons such as, admission status, not
enrolled in sufficient number of units, academic progress holds, missing information,
When disbursed, financial aid is automatically applied towards outstanding fees. View
the Bursar's Office website for more information on payment and refunds.