Seven Steps to Financial Aid

Three students standing in front of Joe West Hall

 

File a FAFSA or a CA Dream Act application, not both (Priority filing deadline for both is March 2)

The following is a sequential order of the financial aid process at San Jose State University.  

Students who received a social security number through the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrival (DACA), and who qualify for AB540, should complete the CA Dream Act application to be considered for state financial aid.

Steps   

1

For U.S. Citizens and *eligible non-citizens: Obtain a U.S. Department of Education FSA ID and complete a FAFSA

For students meeting **AB540 criteria: Obtain a State PIN and complete a CA Dream Act Application.

SJSU Federal School Code: 001155

2

Receive a Student Aid Report from either FAFSA or the California Student Aid Commission 

3

Submit Documents to SJSU 

4

Evaluation process and Tuition fee deferral

5

Award notification

6

Disbursement of Aid

7

  Do Your Part!
  • Failure to complete all units may result in a hold for future aid.
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA as an undergraduate student, or a 3.0 as a graduate, post-baccalaureate or credential student, every semester.
  • Make sure to update your contact information (mailing address, email, phone number) in MySJSU.
  • Check your To Do List often.
  • Contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office if you have any questions.
  • Remember to file for financial aid every academic year, by the March 2 priority deadline. 

 

*Eligible Non-Citizens includes: lawful permanent residents, refugees, asylees, parolees, Cuban/Haitian entrants, victims of trafficking, and "qualified" domestic violence survivors. Citizens of the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, or Palau are eligible for certain programs.

**AB540 Criteria: Attended a California high school (public or private) for 3 or more years (does not need to be consecutive years); graduated from a California high school or have attained a G.E.D.; or received passing mark on the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) prior to the start of the term; registered or be currently enrolled in a accredited and qualified CA community college or university.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements listed above, an undocumented student must complete and submit an affidavit stating that they will apply for legal residency as soon as they are eligible to do so. Students must contact the Office of the Registrar to submit a California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Form, otherwise known as an AB540 Affidavit.