Types of Aid


Grants vary in eligibility criteria and award amounts. Federal and state grants are funds that do not require repayment


Four federally regulated loan programs are available to students in financing their education. Loans are funds that must be repaid.

Federal Work Study:

Work Study is a great way to help pay for your educational expenses. The Federal Work Study Program gives you the opportunity to work part-time while going to school. 


  1. SJSU campus based
  2. Department based
  3. Private based

Award Sequence

It is the policy of the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office to first award all grant or scholarship aid for which a student may be eligible. If a student still has an unmet need or the student is not eligible for any grants or scholarships, either loans or Work-Study, or a combination thereof, will be awarded according to the student's preference as indicated on the FAFSA. If a student is not eligible for any federal or state aid including subsidized loans or work study, the student may apply for a Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. Additionally, parents of dependent students may apply for a Federal Direct Plus (Parent) Loan.

Awards are contingent upon funding availability. If funds are insufficient to meet the needs of all eligible aid applicants, San Jose State University reserves the right to reduce all financial aid awards.

Students who are auditing classes or taking classes for "no credit" are not eligible for any financial aid towards those registration fees