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 www.sss.gov 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 for FAFSA begins every year on January 1. The priority filing date is March 2.
Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA by the priority filing date (March 2). The FAFSA can be submitted after the priority filling date, however funding may be limited.
Complete the appropriate application corresponding to the academic year of attendance. For instance, FAFSA 2016-17, corresponds to Fall 2016 - Spring 2017. An estimated income may be entered on the FAFSA if federal taxes have not been 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 completed a FAFSA)
- Obtain a U.S. Department of Education FSA ID. This FSA ID will serve as your electronic signature when completing your online FAFSA. The FSA ID will also be used to access NSLDS, StudentLoans.gov, StudentAid.gov, and the TEACH grant websites.
- Go to FAFSA to complete the application on-line
- Or download and complete a paper version of the FAFSA.
Renewal Applicants (Students who have previously completed FAFSA)
- If you lost or forgot your FSA ID and/or password, there are links in the FAFSA log-in page that direct you to options of retrieving your username or password.
- 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:
- Seven Steps to Financial Aid - Information on how to receive financial aid at SJSU.
- IRS Income Information
- Determining financial aid eligibility - Financial aid eligibility can be defined as the difference between the Cost of Attendance (or Budget) and Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
- Dependent versus independent filing status - You are considered an independent student if you meet one or more of the federal criteria.
- Cost of Attendance - Information about Standard Student Budget Allowances.
- Academic Progress Policies - Students who receive financial aid are bound by these policies set forth by the SJSU Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.
- Tuition fees - The following are fee schedules assessed to students attending SJSU.
- Special Circumstances - Sometimes a student's or parent's actual financial situation may change during the award year. Financial Aid Administrators may take into account these special circumstances.