Financial Aid + Housing Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I am a financial aid student and cannot afford the $600 initial housing payment; may I get a waiver or extension?

A. All housing applicants are expected to pay the initial housing payment out of pocket, even the financial aid recipients. Online housing application, electronically signed License Agreement, $50 non-refundable application fee, and initial housing payment must be submitted in full before your housing application can be considered for an assignment. However, all newly admitted freshman, transfer, and lower division students for Fall 2017 - Spring 2018, with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 - $800, as calculated by the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act Application, may qualify for a 50% reduction in the required initial housing payment.

Q. How will I know if I am eligible for the initial housing payment reduction?

A. Qualifying students will only have to make an initial housing payment of $300.00 instead of the full $600.00. Please be reminded that your housing application is not complete until you have paid the $50.00 non-refundable application fee, completed the online housing application and made the $300.00 initial housing payment by the submission deadline. All steps must be completed in the online Housing Application Portal; students eligible for the reduction will automatically receive the reduction when completing their housing application online.

Q. Does my financial aid pay Housing directly?

A. Financial Aid will be dispersed directly to student's MySJSU account, and applied to registration fees first. Any remaining financial aid will be applied to housing charges.

Q. Will my financial aid cover my housing fees?

A. It is very rare that a student will receive enough grants and loans to pay 100% of their tuition, rent and board, therefore all students must be prepared to pay a portion of their fees.

Q. I am receiving financial aid, may I ask for an extension on my payment due dates?
To see if you qualify for a Housing Extension, answer the questions listed below:

1) Have your housing charges been uploaded to your MySJSU account?

2) Has your financial aid package been awarded to you by the Financial Aid Office?

3) Do you have at least $13,000.00 in grants and accepted loans for the academic year (or $6,500.00 if you are a new SJSU spring semester only student)? Work Study cannot be considered for a "Housing Extension". Student loans may only be considered if UHS can verify that they have been "accepted" by the student. Please note that the earliest loans can be "accepted" is June 1.

If the answers to all three questions are "YES" then you are eligible for a Housing Extension, and it's likely that we have already placed it on your MySJSU account!

If the answer to any of the above three questions is "no", then a Housing Extension cannot be approved at this time and you will need to seek other methods to pay your campus debt.

Q. How do I know if I have a Housing Extension? 

A. To verify if you have an approved Housing Extension, navigate to your MySJSU account and look under the "Other Indicators" section located on the right hand side of your student center page (the main page). If you have an approved Housing Extension, it will be found here along with an end date. Any remaining balance on your account past the Housing Extension end date will need to be paid immediately. You may contact the housing cashier in the UHS Office to verify the specific payment due date if you are unsure.

Q. When are Housing Extensions posted in MySJSU?

A. The first Housing Extensions will be placed after semester housing charges have been uploaded to the student accounts, approximately June 27, 2017 for the fall semester, and November 10, 2017 for the spring semester.

If you plan to accept any loans offered, you must log into your MySJSU account on or immediately after June 1 to accept the loans.