Financial Aid/Scholarships

ATHLETIC GRANT-IN-AID AWARDING ATHLETIC GRANT-IN-AID SCHOLARSHIPS
An athletics grant-in-aid scholarship may be awarded to student-athletes to assist with educational expenses. A full athletics grant-in-aid consists of tuition and fees, room and board, and required course-related books. Each intercollegiate athletics team is provided with a specific number of athletics grant-in-aids in accordance with Department of Intercollegiate (DIA) budgetary restrictions and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations. These grants are awarded by San Jose State University (SJSU) through the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office (FASO) based on the recommendation of the sport Head Coach (HC) and approval of the Director of Athletics (AD).

An athletics grant-in-aid scholarship may be awarded for any term during which a student-athlete is in regular attendance as an undergraduate or graduate student with eligibility remaining. Athletics aid shall neither be awarded for a period in excess of a student-athlete's five-year period of eligibility, nor for a period less than one academic year (exceptions apply for mid-year enrollees, students in the final semester of their degree program, or students who have graduated during the previous academic year). Such aid may be renewed at the recommendation of the HC and approval of the AD, but renewal is not automatic. Athletics aid may be reduced or cancelled at any time if a student-athlete:

  1. Fails to satisfy SJSU, affiliated Conference, or NCAA academic requirements;
  2. Voluntarily withdraws from a sport at any time for any reason;
  3. Becomes ineligible for intercollegiate athletics participation;
  4. Fraudulently misrepresents information on required SJSU documents or the National Letter of Intent (NLI) and/ or Athletics Grant-In-Aid Agreement;
  5. Fails to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center;
  6. Engages in serious misconduct or unethical conduct warranting substantial disciplinary action by SJSU, the DIA, affiliated Conference, and/or the NCAA;
  7. Violates the NCAA or DIA's Drug Policy.

TUITION/FEE DEFERRALS
Student-athletes receiving an athletics aid award that includes tuition will have a fee deferral placed on their account each semester prior to registration. The fee deferral will protect classes from being dropped. Tuition payments will be transferred directly to the student-athlete's MySJSU account. Out-of-state tuition scholarships will be limited to 15 units per semester.

REPAYMENT OF "F"/NO CREDIT GRADES
As per the athletics grant-in-aid agreement, any student-athlete receiving an athletics aid award that includes tuition may be responsible for paying back all monies received if he/she earns no credit for a class (i.e., withdraws) and/or does not earn a passing grade. This policy is in effect for the fall, winter, spring, and summer terms, and for those students receiving fifth-year aid.

TEXTBOOKS

Textbook Pick-Up

  • Each semester, the Compliance Coordinator and Director of Compliance will pre-order all required course-related textbooks at the conclusion of the advance registration period for student-athletes receiving an athletics aid award that includes textbooks. The required course-related textbooks will be ordered for all courses in which the student-athlete is enrolled. Only required
  • textbooks/supplies will be approved; textbooks/supplies that are recommended/optional will not be approved.
  • Student-athletes will receive an email when their textbook order is ready for pick-up. Student-athletes will not be allowed to pick-up their textbook orders each semester until they have been certified as eligible for competition and athletics aid. Student-athletes will pick-up their textbooks directly from the Spartan Bookstore. Photo ID and a signature will be required to pick-up textbooks; a receipt will be provided upon pick-up.
  • Student-athletes must see the Compliance Coordinator or Director of Compliance if they add any courses after the advance registration period. An order will be placed for the additional textbooks and the student-athlete will be notified via email when their order is ready for pick-up. If a student-athlete drops a course after the advance registration period, they must return the textbook(s) to the Spartan Bookstore.
  • If a student-athlete needs to purchase a course reader that is available from A.S. Print Shop or Maple Press, the student-athlete must see the Compliance Coordinator or Director of Compliance to receive a book voucher. Student-athletes must provide the following documentation for each book voucher approval:
  • Copy of class schedule printed from MySJSU showing the student's name; AND
  • Copy of green sheet/class syllabus
  • Only course readers that are required will be approved; course readers that are recommended/optional will not be approved. Book vouchers are accepted at A.S. Print Shop and Maple Press. Separate book vouchers are needed for each location. Student-athletes will NOT be reimbursed for purchases they make on their own from a book voucher location. If textbooks/supplies need to be purchased from another source, student-athletes must pay for the purchase on their own and then submit a reimbursement form. Student-athletes must turn in their receipts in addition to the documentation listed above.

Textbook Returns

  • Textbooks must be returned within one week after the conclusion of finals. Student-athletes will be charged for any non-returned textbooks. Even if a textbook will be used again for another semester, the book must be returned and purchased again the following semester.
  • Textbooks MUST be returned to the Spartan Bookstore. DO NOT return books to any of the temporary kiosks set up around campus.
  • Course readers do not need to be returned.
  • Books/supplies that were reimbursed by the DIA, need to be returned to the DIA.

ROOM AND BOARD

  • Payments for on-campus housing will be transferred directly to the MySJSU accounts of those student-athletes receiving an athletics aid award that includes room and/or board.
  • Student-athletes, who have been approved to live off-campus by their HC and are receiving an athletics aid award that includes room and/or board, will receive a room/board allotment. Allotments will be issued in four equal payments each semester. Allotments will be disbursed once a month, during the last academic week of the month.
  • All student-athletes are encouraged to enroll in Direct Deposit (formerly known as eRefunds). With electronic refunds, financial aid disbursements are sent electronically to your bank, rather than via a paper check. Student-athletes only need to enroll once and funds will be delivered securely to their bank account. Should a Direct Deposit be sent in error, SJSU has the right to retrieve the Direct Deposit from the student's bank account immediately.
  • Students can enroll in Direct Deposit under the Finance section of their MySJSU account. Check the Bursar's Office website at http://www.sjsu.edu/bursar/for detailed instructions. If incomplete or inaccurate information is provided during enrollment, the Direct Deposit will be rejected by the bank and processing will be delayed. If a student has a hold on their MySJSU account, the processing of the Direct Deposit will be delayed.
  • If students are not enrolled in Direct Deposit, a paper check will be issued and mailed to the mailing address on the student's MySJSU account. Issuing a paper check will delay the processing of financial aid disbursements. If a student has a hold on their MySJSU account, the issuing of a paper check will be delayed.

UNIVERSITY CHARGES NOT PAID BY THE DEPARTMENT
There are many charges that the DIA is not permitted to pay for student-athletes. Such charges include but are not limited to: long distance phone charges, personal traveling expenses, late registration fees, late payment fees, parking fees, library fines, Housing "lock-out" fees, Housing damage fees, payment plan fees, testing fees, etc. Students are responsible for understanding all University policies and procedures, and being aware of registration dates and payment deadlines.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

  • The DIA will provide international student health insurance coverage, as mandated by SJSU, to each international student-athlete receiving an athletics aid award. Enrollment information will be provided to students in late spring/ early summer. Each student will be responsible for completing and submitting the appropriate enrollment form(s) to the Director of Compliance.
  • International students receiving athletic scholarships are subject to U.S. tax law. Upon initial enrollment to SJSU, ALL international student-athletes receiving an athletics aid award will be required to submit an online questionnaire to the University's international tax advisor in order to determine their tax classification. Failure to submit the online questionnaire within five days after the start of the fall semester will result in a hold being placed on the student's account. After completion of the online questionnaire, the student will be required to meet with the international tax advisor in-person and to present requested documentation (passport, I-20, etc.). Athletics aid cannot be disbursed until after the student meets with the international tax advisor. The room and board portion (rent, meal plans, and stipends) of international scholarships are subject to up to 14% IRS tax withholdings; tuition and books are not taxable. For student-athletes living in on-campus housing, the 14% will be deducted from housing payments and the student will be responsible for paying the balance on their account directly to Housing Services. For student-athletes receiving a room/board stipend, the 14% will be deducted from stipend checks.
  • International students also have a responsibility to file a tax return each year, regardless of whether or not they were subject to tax withholdings. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of tax return deadlines and to submit the appropriate tax return documents. The DIA cannot provide advice on income tax filing. Students should seek professional assistance from a tax specialist or seek paid tax assistance.

ATHLETICS AID APPEAL POLICY
Opportunity for a Hearing

In accordance with NCAA Bylaws 15.3.2.4, 15.3.4 and 15.3.5, when a student-athlete's athletics aid is reduced or cancelled during the period of the award, or is reduced or not renewed for the following academic year, San Jose State University (SJSU) must provide the student-athlete with an opportunity for a hearing upon the student-athlete's request. The appeal hearing will be conducted by a Subcommittee consisting of the Chair, the Director of Financial Aid, and two additional SJSU campus staff members.

Notification of Hearing Opportunity

Upon request from the Director of Compliance for a reduction or cancellation of athletics aid during the period of the award or a reduction or non-renewal of such aid for the following academic year, the Director of Financial Aid will promptly provide the student-athlete with written notification of the decision affecting his/her athletics aid, and of the opportunity for an appeals hearing. This written notification will be sent by both mail and email and must include the SJSU Athletics Aid Appeal Policy and a date by which the student-athlete must request a hearing. Failure to request a hearing by the deadline indicates the student-athlete's acceptance of the Athletic Department's decision regarding his/her athletics aid.

Statement of Intent

Should the student-athlete decide to exercise the option of a hearing, he or she must file a Statement of Intent to do so with the Associate Athletic Director of Compliance within 14 calendar days* of the date of the written notification that athletics aid will be reduced, cancelled or not renewed. The Statement of Intent must be emailed to lynn.meade@sjsu.edu or faxed to the attention of Lynn Meade at 408-924-1738. Upon receipt of a Statement of Intent, the Associate Athletic Director of Compliance will answer any of the student-athlete's NCAA rules and/or procedural questions. Following this communication with the student-athlete, the Associate Athletic Director of Compliance, in conjunction with the Subcommittee, will make a good faith effort to arrange the hearing within a reasonable time period and notify the student-athlete of the location and time via telephone and/or email.

*F/NC/WU grades - Student-athletes receiving a reduction of athletics aid as a result of F/NC/WU grades who decide to exercise the option of a hearing must file a Statement of Intent to do so with the Associate Athletic Director of Compliance within 7 calendar days of the date of the written notification that athletics aid will be reduced.

Supporting Documentation

The Statement of Intent will be provided to the Subcommittee members hearing the appeal. The student-athlete will also be given an opportunity to present supporting documentation to the Subcommittee. This material must be provided to the Associate Athletic Director of Compliance at least 48 hours prior to the hearing date. The Associate Athletic Director of Compliance will disseminate the student-athlete's supporting documentation to the Subcommittee, as well as the relevant NCAA Bylaws and other pertinent information. The student-athlete should be aware that the involved coaching staff may also exercise the option of providing a statement and/or other relevant documentation.

Hearing Participants & Decision

In addition to the Subcommittee members mentioned above, the Faculty Athletics Representative and the Associate Athletic Director of Compliance will be in attendance in a non-voting capacity to provide procedural guidance to the Subcommittee and all relevant participants. Both the student-athlete and the involved coach will be individually afforded time to present the merits of their respective case. After oral presentations by the relevant parties, the Subcommittee will review all evidence presented and deliberate until a decision is reached. The decision will be forwarded to the Associate Athletic Director of Compliance, who will then issue the Subcommittee's written decision to all parties involved within one week of the hearing.

SUMMER ATHLETICS AID
Summer athletics aid is awarded to student-athletes above and beyond the regular academic year Grant-In-Aid Agreement, and is available on a limited basis. It is meant to promote progress toward graduation, and is not meant to be used to regain eligibility. Summer athletics aid is not automatic. Enrolled/continuing student-athletes must earn eligibility for summer athletics aid by demonstrating commitment to Spartan Athletics and making satisfactory progress toward a degree throughout their career at San Jose State. To be considered for summer aid, student-athletes must apply and meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Must have demonstrated consistent progress toward a degree;
  2. Must have made consistent contributions to the success of the team; and
  3. Must have received athletics aid during the previous academic year, or will be receiving athletics aid in the following academic year.

Guidelines of Summer Athletics Aid Awards

  • Summer athletics aid is contingent upon budget availability, which varies annually.
  • Pursuant to NCAA Bylaw 15.2.8.1.2, summer athletics aid may be only awarded to enrolled/continuing student-athletes in proportion to the amount of athletics aid received by the student-athlete during his/her previous academic year. For example, a student-athlete receiving 50 percent athletics aid during the regular academic year may not receive more than 50 percent athletics aid during all summer sessions combined.
  • Pursuant to NCAA Bylaw 15.2.8.1.2.5, a student-athlete who has not received athletics aid from SJSU during a previous academic year may receive athletics aid to attend SJSU's summer session(s) as long as he/she has been awarded athletics aid for the following academic year AND the summer athletics aid is awarded only in proportion to the amount of athletics aid the student-athlete will receive for the following academic year.
  • A summer athletics aid award MAY consist of tuition/campus fees, books and a room and board stipend. All summer athletics aid awards vary based on the student-athlete's summer enrollment and the percentage of their Athletics Grant-In-Aid Award during the academic year in accordance with NCAA rules set forth above. Unless the student-athlete is receiving a full summer athletics aid award, the breakdown of their summer athletics aid award will MOST LIKELY differ from the Athletics Grant-In-Aid Award they receive during the academic year. For example, a student-athlete who receives tuition and books during the academic year may only receive a portion of their summer school tuition and no books.
Student-athletes awarded summer athletics aid will receive such aid only for session(s) in which they are enrolled. For example, a student-athlete enrolled in only Summer Session I and receiving a full scholarship (tuition, books and room and board stipend) will receive a room and board stipend for Summer Session I; the student-athlete will not receive the room and board stipend for the entire summer (all three Summer Sessions). Further, a student-athlete receiving summer athletics aid must be enrolled in a minimum of three units per summer session of enrollment.

Tuition
Unlike the academic year, summer tuition is charged at a variable rate based on units of enrollment. Student-athletes who withdraw from a class and/or do not earn a passing grade in a summer session course will be responsible for paying back tuition provided by SJSU Athletics for that course(s).

Room & Board
On-campus housing for summer session(s) is reserved for incoming prospects, transfers and greyshirts. On-campus housing for continuing student-athletes is NOT available during the summer session(s) through SJSU Athletics. Continuing student-athletes may attempt to arrange and pay for on-campus housing during summer session(s) with Housing Services directly.

Student-athletes enrolled solely in on-line course(s) who reside more than 50 miles from campus during summer are eligible for tuition and book scholarships only. SJSU Athletics will not provide a room and board stipend to student-athletes residing more than 50 miles from campus during summer.

Student-athletes enrolled solely in on-line course(s) who reside within a 50 mile radius of campus during summer are eligible to receive tuition, books and a room and board stipend. Such student-athletes must fulfill a weekly study hall requirement of one hour per unit of enrollment (3 unit course = 3 hours of study hall per week).

Procedure for Applying for Summer Athletics Aid

  1. Each student-athlete interested in receiving summer athletics aid must complete the Summer Athletics Aid Application, which is distributed to Head Coaches in March.
  2. The Application is then submitted to the appropriate Athletic Academic Advisor in Student-Athlete Success Services for verification that the coursework requested is degree applicable.
  3. The Athletic Academic Advisor submits the completed Application to the appropriate Head Coach.
  4. The Head Coach reviews the Application, signs and submits the completed Application to the Director of Student-Athlete Success Services.

Procedure for Approval and Notification of Summer Athletics Aid

  1. The Director of Student-Athlete Success Services, Athletic Academic Advisors and Director of Compliance review,and approve summer aid with consideration given to gender equity, equitable distribution of aid, APR implications, and budget constraints.
  2. The Director of Compliance will notify the appropriate Head Coaches of the approval or denial of summer athletic aid awards. The notification will include each student's individual summer aid award breakdown.
  3. Student-athletes approved for summer athletics aid will sign a summer Grant-In-Aid Agreement.
  4. Athletic Academic Advisors work with the student-athletes who are approved for summer athletics aid to ensure appropriate class registration.

WINTER ATHLETICS AID
Winter athletics aid is awarded to student-athletes above and beyond the regular academic year Grant-In-Aid Agreement, and is available on a limited basis. It is meant to promote progress toward graduation, and is not meant to be used to regain eligibility. Winter athletics aid is not automatic. Enrolled/continuing student-athletes must earn eligibility for winter athletics aid by demonstrating commitment to Spartan Athletics and making satisfactory progress toward a degree throughout their career at San Jose State. To be considered for winter aid, student-athletes must apply and meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Must have demonstrated consistent progress toward a degree;
  2. Must have made consistent contributions to the success of the team; and
  3. Must have received athletics aid during the previous academic term.

Guidelines of Winter Athletics Aid Awards

  • Winter athletics aid is contingent upon budget availability, which varies annually.
  • Pursuant to a 12/18/09 NCAA Staff Interpretation, winter athletics aid may only be awarded to enrolled/continuing student-athletes in proportion to the amount of athletics aid received by the student-athlete during his/her previous academic term. For example, a student-athlete receiving 50 percent athletics aid during the previous fall term may not receive more than 50 percent athletics aid during the winter term.
  • A student-athlete who has not received athletics aid from SJSU during a previous academic term may NOT receive athletics aid to attend SJSU's winter session.
  • A winter athletics aid award MAY consist of tuition/campus fees, books and room and board. All winter athletics aid awards vary based on the student-athlete's winter enrollment and the percentage of their Athletics Grant-In-Aid Award during the previous academic term in accordance with NCAA rules. Unless the student-athlete is receiving a full winter athletics aid award, the breakdown of their winter athletics aid award will MOST LIKELY differ from the Athletics Grant-In-Aid Award they receive during the academic year. For example, a student-athlete who receives tuition and books during the academic year may only receive a portion of their winter tuition and no books.

Tuition
Unlike the regular academic year, winter tuition is charged at a variable rate based on units of enrollment. Student-athletes who withdraw from a class and/or do not earn a passing grade in a winter session course will be responsible for paying back tuition provided by SJSU Athletics for that course(s).

Room & Board
On-campus housing for winter session is reserved for continuing student-athletes who reside on campus during the regular academic year (based on availability).

Student-athletes enrolled solely in on-line course(s) who reside more than 50 miles from campus during winter are eligible for tuition and book scholarships only. SJSU Athletics will not provide a room and board stipend to student-athletes residing more than 50 miles from campus during winter.

Procedure for Applying for Winter Athletics Aid

  1. Each student-athlete interested in receiving winter athletics aid must complete the Winter Athletics Aid Application, which is distributed to Head Coaches in November.
  2. The Application is then submitted to the appropriate Athletic Academic Advisor in Student-Athlete Success Services for verification that the coursework requested is degree applicable.
  3. The Athletic Academic Advisor submits the completed Application to the appropriate Head Coach.
  4. The Head Coach reviews the Application, signs and submits the completed Application to the Director of Student-Athlete Success Services.

Procedure for Approval and Notification of Winter Athletics Aid

  1. The Director of Student-Athlete Success Services, Athletic Academic Advisors and Director of Compliance review and approve winter aid with consideration given to gender equity, equitable distribution of aid, APR implications and budget constraints.
  2. The Director of Compliance will notify the appropriate Head Coaches of the approval or denial of winter athletics aid awards. The notification will include each student's individual winter aid award breakdown.
  3. Student-athletes approved for winter athletics aid will sign a winter Grant-In-Aid Agreement.
  4. Athletic Academic Advisors work with the student-athletes who are approved for winter athletics aid to ensure appropriate class registration.

FIFTH-YEAR ATHLETICS AID
Fifth-year aid is awarded to student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility, have not completed their undergraduate degree and still have a semester (or year) remaining on their five-year clock (Bylaw 14.2). Fifth-year aid is not an automatic award. Student-athletes must earn eligibility for fifth-year aid by demonstrating commitment to Spartan Athletics and making satisfactory progress toward a degree throughout their career at San Jose State. To be considered for fifth-year aid, student-athletes must apply and meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Must have demonstrated consistent progress toward a degree;
  2. Must have made consistent contributions to the success of the team; and
  3. Must have received athletics aid during the previous academic year.

Requirements of Fifth-Year Aid Award

  • An award of fifth-year aid will never be more than (and could be less than) the previous academic year's athletics aid award.
  • An award of fifth-year aid is only available for undergraduate degree credit. It will only cover courses required for graduation in the student-athlete's degree program (tuition). Textbooks and room and board costs will not be covered in a fifth-year grant-in-aid.
  • All student-athletes receiving fifth-year aid are required to work 20 hours per week for the DIA.
  • Awarding of fifth-year aid is contingent upon budget availability, which varies annually; therefore, fifth-year aid is awarded on a semester-by-semester basis.

Procedure for Applying for Fifth-year Aid

  1. Each student-athlete eligible for fifth-year aid consideration must complete the Fifth-Year Aid Application Form, which is distributed to Head Coaches by the Academic Eligibility Coordinator in February.
  2. The Form is then submitted to the appropriate Athletic Academic Advisor in Student-Athlete Success Services for verification of the number of units required for degree completion.
  3. The Athletic Academic Advisor attaches a copy of the student-athlete's graduation worksheet to the application, and submits it to the appropriate Head Coach.
  4. The Head Coach reviews the Fifth-Year Aid Application Form, signs and submits the completed Form to the Academic Eligibility Coordinator.

Procedure for Approval and Notification of Fifth-Year Aid

  1. The Director of Student-Athlete Success Services, Academic Eligibility Coordinator and Director of Compliance review and approve fifth-year aid with consideration given to gender equity, equitable distribution of aid, APR implications and budget constraints.
  2. The Academic Eligibility Coordinator will notify all applicants via email of the approval or denial of their fifth-year aid award.
  3. The Academic Eligibility Coordinator meets with all fifth-year aid recipients prior to the first day of classes to discuss Code of Conduct, schedule hours and sign Grant-In-Aid Agreements.

Student assistance fund (SAF)

  • The NCAA offers the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) to assist student-athletes in meeting financial needs. Studentathletes who receive a PELL Grant are eligible to receive a clothing stipend from the NCAA.
  • Head coaches will be provided with a list of eligible student-athletes during the fall and spring semesters. Head Coaches will also be informed of the deadline each semester for student-athletes to submit application forms. Eligible student-athletes can receive application forms from the Compliance Coordinator or Director of Compliance during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Student-athletes are eligible to receive up to $250 per semester to be used for clothing. SAF checks will be available for pick-up near the conclusion of the respective semester. Student-athletes will be required to sign a confirmation form when they pick-up their check stating they understand the permissible uses of the funds.

STUDENT FINANCIAL AID
SJSU also offers state and federal financial aid and academic scholarships to eligible students. All student-athletes are encouraged to apply for Financial Aid.

STUDENT-ATHLETE'S FINANCIAL AID ELIGIBILITY
NCAA regulations may limit the amount of Financial Aid a student-athlete can receive. The Director of Compliance works with the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office (FASO) to determine permissible sources of financial aid, which include but are not limited to scholarships, grants, tuition waivers, and loans. A student-athlete shall not be awarded financial aid that exceeds the cost of attendance as determined by the FASO. Athletics aid can be adjusted at the discretion of the University to allow for any additional financial aid that has been awarded. Careful coordination between the DIA and FASO is required to ensure compliance with federal, state, SJSU, NCAA and affiliated conference regulations.

APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID
Financial Aid and Academic Scholarship Applications become available in January for the upcoming fall and spring semesters. Applications are for one academic year only, so students must re-apply every year. There is a priority deadline date of March 2nd each year, and students are advised to meet that deadline to be considered for all possible aid for the upcoming year. Students are still eligible to apply for financial aid after the March 2nd priority deadline, but maximum funding is not guaranteed.

The Financial Aid Application is called the Free Application for Federal Student-Aid (FAFSA). All students are encouraged to submit and complete a FAFSA. Students receiving athletics aid are required to submit and complete a FAFSA each and every year prior to athletics aid being disbursed. Academic Scholarship Applications and FAFSAs are available on-line at the Financial Aid Office website www.sjsu.edu/faso. Information about applying for Financial Aid can also be found at this same website. If you need assistance with completing the FAFSA, "drop in" at the Financial Aid Office and ask to speak with one of the counselors on duty. The FAFSA is a free application so no fee is charged for applying for aid. You can apply over the internet with FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

TYPES OF FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE
There are three types of Financial Aid available to students at SJSU: 1) grants (which don't have to be repaid), 2) loans (which do have to be repaid), and 3) Federal Work Study. If you submit the FAFSA, you will be considered for most of the financial aid programs available at San Jos� State University, including Federal Pell Grants, Cal Grants A and B, Graduate Fellowships, State University Grants, State Educational Opportunity Program Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan, Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, Federal PLUS (parent loan), Kuhlman Loan (a private loan fund), and Federal Work Study. (For most of the loan programs, a second application will be required after your eligibility for aid has been determined and verified.) The FAFSA is also used by students applying for Academic Scholarships, as financial need is a criterion for most of those available. For information about SJSU Scholarships, access the website at http://www.sjsu.edu/faso/Scholarships/.

  • Grants are awarded based upon financial need, as defined by the Federal Government and determined by your FAFSA Application. In general, eligibility is based upon the previous year's adjusted gross income and assets, such as checking and savings accounts, stocks and bonds, real estate (other than the family home), etc. Full information regarding eligibility can be obtained from the FASO. Grants have their own eligibility criteria and, except for the Pell Grant, have limited funds; so it is important to apply early and be awarded before the grant fund availability is exhausted.
  • Loans are intended to supplement any scholarships and grants a student receives. The terms and availability of each loan vary; and it is recommended that students either avoid loans completely, if possible, or borrow no more than is absolutely necessary to meet their educational need each year.
  • The Federal Work Study Program offers part-time employment to eligible students; however, receiving a Federal Work Study Award, does not guarantee a job. San Jos� State University offers a Job Hotline (www.sjsu.edu/depts/finaid/fwso.html), which is an on-line service that lists jobs currently available. Students may access the Job Hotline over the Internet after they have received a Work Study Award to arrange interviews with employers offering jobs for which the students are qualified. If hired, students must be careful not to arrange to work more hours than their academic and athletic schedules will allow.

CALIFORNIA DREAM ACT
AB131 allows students who qualify under the AB540 to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid. The Dream Act Application becomes available in January for the upcoming fall and spring semesters. Applications are for one academic year only, so students must re-apply every year. There is a priority deadline date of March 2nd each year, and students are advised to meet that deadline to be considered for all possible aid for the upcoming year. The Dream Act Application is a free application so no fee is charged for applying for aid. You can apply over the internet at www.caldreamact.org. If you need assistance with completing the Dream Act Application, "drop in" at the Financial AidOffice and ask to speak with one of the counselors on duty.

OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIPS
Before accepting any outside scholarships, the student-athlete will need to complete the Student-Athlete Outside Aid Award Form. The form must be submitted to the Director of Compliance for approval prior to receiving the award. If approved, the student-athlete's award must be disbursed through SJSU. In the event the award is not permissible, the student-athlete and the awarding agency will be notified and the funds returned.