Awards are generally based on scholastic achievement and financial need. SJSU has hundreds of general and departmental scholarships available, ranging from $100 to $2,500 per year. Students are encouraged to apply for as many scholarships as possible to lessen the need for loans or part-time work to attend school.
The Spartan Scholarship application process begins January through Mid-April.
Current SJSU Students
Students must complete at least one semester of full time units (12 undergraduate or 8 graduate units) at SJSU in order to be eligible for campus based scholarships. Please review scholarship criteria to ensure you meet all eligibility requirements.
Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by March 2. Students can apply online at www.fafsa.gov. International students will only be eligible for those scholarships that are merit-based. Need-based scholarships are part of Financial Aid, which is unavailable to international students. View International Students for additional information.
Department Based Scholarships
Various academic departments on campus advertise their scholarships through the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office, as well as through their own literature and bulletin boards. Students are strongly encouraged to keep in close contact with their major department for scholarship information. These scholarships each have their own specific criteria, deadlines, and application instructions. For information about the scholarships administered by SJSU's academic departments, students should contact their departments directly.
Private Based Scholarships
Scholarships come from a number of different sources. It can take some time and effort on your behalf to research them all. There are businesses that offer to do this work for you for a fee, but SJSU does not recommend these services. Scholarship information is available for free from FastWEB (Financial Aid Search Through the WEB ) and has a database of over 400,000 scholarships.
Click on the following link for a listing of private scholarship notice(s)
Important to remember that when you apply for a scholarship, the application and other materials you submit represents you to the scholarship committee. It is important that you spend time on your application to do the best job you can. For some helpful hints on applying for scholarships, see our Tips on Applying for Scholarships.