Enrollment Services: Vol 2; Issue 3

Financial Aid and Scholarship Office

The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office welcomes you to the fall semester. It can be a busy and very exciting time of the year while you settle into your classes. Please be sure to take some time to review your financial aid status. We have started the process of disbursing financial aid towards outstanding fees for the fall term. Be sure to monitor your account during this time. Any remaining financial aid funds for the fall term will be sent to the student via check or direct deposit. Any remaining Parent PLUS loan funds will be sent directly to the parent borrower in the form of a check. Keep in mind that disbursements will only occur for students who have done the following:

  • Applied for financial aid and submitted all requested "To Do List" items
  • Received a financial aid and scholarship award
  • Qualify for a grant or accepted a loan. New loan recipients will also need to sign their Master Promissory Note and complete Entrance Loan Counseling.
  • Be enrolled in full time status or notify us if you plan on enrolling in less than full time status by submitting the Student Information Update Form http://www.sjsu.edu/faso/docs/SNFO17
  • Have no financial aid holds.

Remember that any fees remaining will be due by September 14th unless otherwise noted on your account.

News: The FAFSA Application date has changed! The financial aid application for fall 2017 and spring 2018 will open up October 1st of 2016. We are very excited to have the application open up earlier than ever as this will allow students to get a jump start on their application. Be sure to mark your calendars to start the process October 1st. The financial aid and scholarship office will also be hosting financial aid workshops throughout the month of October were you can come in if assistance is needed with your application.

Visit our Financial Literacy page at http://www.sjsu.edu/faso/literacy/ to learn more about how to manage your finances. Workshops are offered throughout the year covering a range of financial topics such as budgeting, banking and credit cards to name a few.


Enrollment Services Communications Office

Steps to Graduation Brochure Now Available for All Students:

We are excited to bring you our first ever Steps to Graduation publication, which is now available to all students – both undergraduate and graduate. Starting with freshman year, the brochure serves as a guide that clearly and concisely outlines the steps you need to take each year to ensure that you graduate within a timely manner – which will save you valuable time and money. It includes general requirements, tips and free campus resources and services. If you would like a print version, visit the front desk of the Student Services Center. For an electronic version, click on the links below:


Cover steps to graduation publication

Steps to Graduation –
Undergraduate Students




Steps to Graduation Graduate Students

Steps to Graduation –
Graduate Students



Undergraduate Admissions & Outreach

Fall 2016 Undergraduate Admissions: This year SJSU received a total of 48,338 undergraduate applications, a record number and an increase of 2.7% from last fall. We received 31,661 first time freshmen applications and 16,677 upper division transfer applications. As of August 23, 2016, we have 3271 new first time freshmen and 4191 new upper division transfer students enrolled for the fall term. We have enrolled a remarkable class of incoming undergraduate students with an average GPA of over 3.3.

Applications for Fall 2017 open on October 1 and will be available at csumentor.edu.


Spartan East Side Promise: We are launching the Spartan East Side Promise this fall, a partnership between SJSU and the East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD). The goal of the program is to provide a pathway to SJSU admission by clearly specifying the admission requirements and sharing information with students and families in the district as well as contributing to developing a college-going culture within the ESUHSD based on a shared commitment to diversity and equity. Qualified students will be guaranteed admission to SJSU. For more information please go to http://info.sjsu.edu/web-dbgen/narr/static/admission/spartan-es-promise.html


Testing Office

Writing Skills Test Dates: The upcoming Writing Skills Test dates for the Fall 2016 semester are September 17 and October 29. Regular registration for the September 17th date has closed but late registration will begin August 30th. Regular registration for the October 29th date is taking place now and ends on October 6th with late registration beginning October 11. Late registration continues until no more capacity is available. For more information please go to testing.sjsu.edu or call us at 924-5980.


Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations

The Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (GAPE) Office is the center-hub for all new and current graduate students. This is the place where one can apply to enter a graduate program and also receive assistance with filing for a successful graduation.  Graduate education is an exciting opportunity and the GAPE Office is here to ensure that our graduate students succeed!

Fall 2016 Admission: SJSU received a total of 9649 applications from graduate students for the Fall 2016 term, an increase of 14.3% from last fall. Of the 9649 applications, 5007 were from applicants in the United States and 4462 were from international applicants.  Over 1500 students attended a welcome orientation for graduate students on August 18, 2016. And we anticipate over 2700 new students will enroll in regular session and special session graduate programs.

Spring 2017 Admissions:  For those undergraduate students ready to start their graduate studies in the spring, SJSU is currently open for for graduate admission into the Spring 2017 term. You can view our list of open programs at http://www.sjsu.edu/gape/prospective_students/deadlines/

Important Deadline: October 1 is our largest filing deadline for advancement to candidacy.  Current students petitioning to advance to graduate candidacy in the Fall are slated to graduate for May 2017. Questions about this deadline and about graduation requirements can be directed to graduate@sjsu.edu

Graduation: The GAPE Office is currently accepting applications for December 2015 graduation from students that have already advanced to graduate candidacy. For questions or assistance, please contact graduate@sjsu.edu

Graduation Workshops: Graduation workshops will be hosted for graduate students on September 9th and 23rd from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Room 225. The graduation workshops assist graduate students with understanding the process to apply for candidacy and graduation as well as graduation requirements. All graduate students are welcome to attend. The deadline to apply for December graduation is September 10, 2016. Light refreshments will be served.