Important Announcements & Deadline Dates

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 FAFSA

Due to the suspension of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), and delays in obtaining tax transcripts, and verification of non-tax filing status letters, the Department of Education has relaxed some of the verification procedures for schools.

Effective April 24, 2017
  • If you or your parents were asked to complete the "Student Tax Filing Verification" or "Parent Tax Filing Verification" form, we are now able to accept a signed copy of the 2015 Tax Return, along with the Verification form(s).  
  • If you or your parents were asked to obtain "Verification of Non Tax Filing Status" letter from the IRS, you are now only required to complete the Non-Tax Filing Verification Form and submit your W-2's, if required. 

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 FAFSA

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool will be available for 2018-2019 FAFSA. 



What happens after submitting a FAFSA or a CA Dream Act Application?

To-Do List Items 

  • Financial aid award is based on the submission and completion of To-Do List items posted in a student's MySJSU.
  • Only students selected for verification will have items posted in their MySJSU and are required to submit To-Do List Items to begin the evaluation process which leads to awards.

Maximum Funding

  • March 2 - Priority filing date for FAFSA, Dream Act and CSAC GPA verification deadline is March 2 (i.e., March 2, 2017 for the Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 academic year; March 2, 2018 for the Fall 2018 - Sprint 2019 academic year, etc). Applications may still be submitted after March 2, however, eligibility for maximum funding will have been missed. Apply early! 
  • May 26, 2017 - For Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 academic year, students selected for verification, all requested financial aid documents submitted and completed by 4:30 pm, on May 26, are considered for maximum 2017-2018 funding.
  • View Seven Steps to Financial Aid for an overview of the financial aid process.

Tuition Fee Deferral 

  • To qualify for a tuition fee deferral and prevent enrollment cancellation, students selected for verification must complete all requested financial aid documents by:
      • June 30, 2017  for Fall 2017, tuition fee deferral
      • December 4, 2017 for Spring 2018, tuition fee deferral 
  • For students without a tuition fee deferral, fees are due on the scheduled fee due date regardless of student's financial aid status. 
  • The tuition fee deferral does not defer housing fees.
  • Contact University Housing Services with payment inquiries or view Financial Aid and Housing FAQ page. 

Enrollment Status

Students MUST be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for financial aid. Enrolled less than full-time? Submit a Student Information Update form (see below).

  Full-Time Three-Quarter Half-Time Less Than Half-Time
Undergraduate, Post-baccalaureate, Credential 12 units 9-11 units 6-8 units *1-5 units
Graduate Degree 6.1 - 8 units   4-6 units  
*Students with a Pell Grant award are eligible for aid with less than half-time enrollment: 1-5 units

Student Information Update form

  • In some cases, financial aid will not automatically disburse unless student's notify the Financial Aid Office of less than full-time enrollment by submitting the Student Information Update form 


Students not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) will result in a financial aid hold. For more information, view What is satisfactory academic progress 

  • November 17, 2017 - last day to submit Fall 2017, SAP petition.
  • April 6, 2018 - last day to submit Spring 2018, SAP petition.


  • December 1, 2017 - Last day to accept loans and to submit PLUS loan application for Fall 2017.
  • April 27, 2018 - Last day to accept student loans and to submit PLUS loan application for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018, or attending Spring 2018, only. 

Payment due dates

  • An installment payment plan (IPP) is available. To be eligible for an IPP, the minimum amount due is $350.00. A charge of $35 is applied to set up an IPP.
  • Students are responsible for checking their MySJSU for fees and payment due dates