The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office administers three types of scholarships: SJSU campus based, department based, and private based. Students should apply for as many scholarships as possible to lessen the need for loans or part-time work to attend school.
SJSU Campus Based Scholarships
Most scholarships require students complete at least one semester of full time units (12 undergraduate or 8 graduate units) at SJSU in order to be eligible for campus scholarships. Please review scholarship criteria to ensure you meet all eligibility requirements.
Awards are generally based on scholastic achievement and/or financial need ranging from $100 to $2,500 per year. Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the California Dream Act Application by March 2.
The deadline to apply for the Spartan Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year has ended. The application filing period for 2016-17 scholarships will open in January 2016. Any applications completed between now and when the filing period opens will not be reviewed and will require re-submissions for the next cycle.
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 manage their own scholarships. 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. Students should contact their department directly for additional information.
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. View Scholarship Resources for available scholarship databases.
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.
Don't pay to fill out the FAFSA. The FAFSA is a free application. Fill it out at www.fafsa.ed.gov.