Seven Steps to Financial Aid

The following is a sequential order of the financial aid process:

 Eligibility for Federal & State Financial Aid

STEP 1: Obtain a FSA ID (FAFSA - US Citizens and Eligible non-citizens); OR

             Create a UserName & Password to esign CA Dream application.


STEP 2: Receive a Student Aid Report: Sent to the email or home address indicated in student's application. 

STEP 3: Submit Documents to SJSU: Students selected for verification will have items posted in their To-Do list. To be considered for maximum funding, and/or tuition fee deferral, students must meet posted deadline date(s). 
STEP 4Evaluation process and Tuition fee deferral: Evaluation takes approximately 4-8 weeks to complete. Students should periodically check their MySJSU for notifications.
STEP 5Award notification: Award notices are sent to student's MySJSU.
STEP 6: Disbursement of Aid: Disbursement begins the first week of the semester. Disbursement may be held for several reasons such as: admission status, less than full-time enrollment, etc. 

STEP 7: Do Your Part!

  • Failure to complete all units may result in a hold for future aid.
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA as an undergraduate student, or a 3.0 as a graduate, post-baccalaureate or credential student, every semester.
  • Make sure to update your contact information (mailing address, email, phone number) in MySJSU.
  • Check your To Do List often.
  • Contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office if you have any questions.
  • Remember to file for financial aid every academic year, by the March 2 priority deadline.