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 financial aid recipients.

The 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 Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 freshman, transfer, and lower division students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 - $800, as calculated by the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or 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. The EFC is viewable in the Award Summary page in the student's MySJSU. Eligible students will automatically receive the reduction when completing their housing application online. Qualifying students will only have to make an initial housing payment of $300.00 instead of the full $600.00.

The 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. 

Q. Does my financial aid pay Housing directly?

A. During the financial aid disbursement process, aid is directly 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 housing payment?
To see if you qualify for a Housing Extension, answer the following questions:

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

2) Have you been awarded financial aid?

3) Do you have at least a combined amount of $14,000.00 in grants and loans (if needed)? Combined amount excludes Work Study. 

University Housing Services will like to see that a student is receiving at least $14,000 a year, (or $7,000.00 if you are attending only one semester) in financial aid - this is a combination of grants and loans (if needed) before a housing extension can be provided. 

  • Students must have accepted student loans , and/or
  • PLUS Loans (Parent/Grad PLUS) loans that have been credit approved and listed as accepted on the award notification can be considered in determining eligibility for the extension.

Please note, every academic year, the earliest loans can be accepted and PLUS loan applications processed, is June 1.

A. If the answers to all three questions are "YES" then you are eligible for a Housing Extension, and it is likely that a Housing Extension has already been placed 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. Housing Extensions are typically placed after semester housing charges have been posted to a student's account: approximately mid to late June 2020 for the fall semester, and November 2020 for the spring semester.

Log into your MySJSU account on or immediately after June 1 to accept loans!