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  • Academic Progress Policies | Financial Aid and Scholarship Office | San Jose State University
    units that a student can receive financial aid is for 60 units Transfer units are also counted in total whether or not SJSU has accepted those units toward the degree and whether or not financial aid was received for those units To avoid problems with your eligibility expiring before you graduate take classes that meet your general education requirements or are required for your major Units Required to Receive Aid Students are required to be enrolled at least half time in order to receive financial aid The original award is based on full time enrollment The following chart breaks down the number of units required to receive financial aid Undergraduate 2 nd B A Credential Graduate Full Time 12 and over 12 12 8 Three Quarter Time 9 11 9 11 9 11 N A Half Time 6 8 6 8 6 8 4 7 Enrollment will be checked after the add drop period has ended If units are dropped without approval a portion or in some cases all financial aid must be repaid A charge will be placed on the student s account and is due and payable by the student The number of units needed to receive financial aid can be reduced in special circumstances Students who have good reasons for not being full time such as illness or upcoming graduation can petition the Appeals Committee to receive financial aid with fewer units Submit the Student Information Update form for review by the Committee If approved financial aid may be reduced proportionately All students must be enrolled at least half time 6 units undergraduate credential 2 nd BA 4 units 200 level equivalency for graduate to receive financial aid including loans regardless of their situation Passable Grades A student must earn a minimum number of credit hours each semester to complete requirements towards graduation The following shall be considered as credits completed A through D grades The following shall not be considered as credits completed F W or WU Withdrawal I or IC Incomplete may be counted after the I or P is changed to another letter grade Audit No credit NC No credit Warning Messages Students who are close to exceeding their maximum number of units 90 units for an Undergraduates and 50 units for Graduate students a warning message is sent explaining to the student that they are close to exhausting their financial aid and to meet with their academic advisor Academic Disqualification To regain eligibility for financial aid students must submit a petition to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee after they have been officially reinstated and readmitted to the university Repeated Coursework Classes that are repeated for grade improvement will count towards total units attempted Students are advised to consult with a Financial Aid Counselor to determine if financial aid eligibility will be affected if a course must be repeated Federal regulations limit the number of times students can receive financial aid federal and state for repeated coursework Petition and Appeal Process If a student

    Original URL path: http://www.sjsu.edu/faso/Applying/Academic_Progress_Policies/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Applying for Special Circumstances | Financial Aid and Scholarship Office | San Jose State University
    Tips on Applying CSU Systemwide Scholarships F A Resources Links Resources SJSU Home Financial Aid and Scholarship Office Applying Applying for Special Circumstances Applying for Special Circumstances MySJSU Canvas Athletics Give to SJSU Facebook Twitter Navigate BACK to Applying Applying for Special Circumstances Academic Progress Policies Applying Special Circumstances Cost of Attendance Dependent versus Independent Filing Status Determining Financial Aid Eligibility FAQ Seven Steps to Financial Aid Glossary IRS Income Information Tuition Fees Summer Financial Aid The federal government allows financial aid administrators to take into account special circumstances which occur during the current award year that may affect the Expected Family Contribution EFC and the financial aid award Some examples of special circumstances are Recent unemployment Divorce Death Disability Large uninsured medical dental expenses Childcare Students wanting to request a review of special circumstance should contact a financial aid representative to discuss the changes in their financial situation and to obtain the Request for Review of Special Circumstances form Year Form Available Deadline to Submit Form 2015 16 September 14 TBA We know that there are many circumstances that may impact a family s ability to contribute to a student s education and we will work with you to

    Original URL path: http://www.sjsu.edu/faso/Applying/Applying_Special_circumstances/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Dependent versus Independent Filing Status | Financial Aid and Scholarship Office | San Jose State University
    Applying Dependent versus Independent Filing Status Dependent versus Independent Filing Status MySJSU Canvas Athletics Give to SJSU Facebook Twitter Navigate BACK to Applying Dependence Versus Independence Academic Progress Policies Applying Special Circumstances Cost of Attendance Dependent versus Independent Filing Status Determining Financial Aid Eligibility FAQ Seven Steps to Financial Aid Glossary IRS Income Information Tuition Fees Summer Financial Aid To be considered independent for financial aid purposes you must meet one of the following federal criteria You will be 24 years old by December 31 of the award year You are a graduate student You are a veteran of the U S Armed Forces or currently serving on active duty You are married at time of application You have legal dependents other than your spouse who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you You are a ward of the court or both your parents are deceased You are an emancipated minor as determined by a court in your state of legal residence You were an unaccompanied youth who was determined homeless by your school district US Department of Housing Urban Development or transitional living center In some rare cases students who do not

    Original URL path: http://www.sjsu.edu/faso/Applying/Dependence_Independence/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Determining Financial Aid Eligibility | Financial Aid and Scholarship Office | San Jose State University
    Fees Summer Financial Aid Defining Financial Aid Eligibility Financial aid eligibility can be defined as the difference between the Cost of Attendance Budget and the Expected Family Contribution EFC Individual colleges determine their Cost of Attendance The budget includes tuition fees books supplies room board transportation and personal miscellaneous costs The Federal Student Aid determines the EFC of each student If a student is independent the EFC is based entirely on the student s and spouse s if applicable income and assets If a student is dependent the student s and parent s income and assets are included in the needs analysis that determines the EFC The following link provides a detailed explanation of dependent versus independent status Example of the federal formula for determining financial aid eligibility Cost of Attendance 25 414 EFC 2 000 Total financial need 23 414 The Financial Aid Scholarship Office will try to meet students financial need through a variety of programs including grants scholarships loans and or work study In some cases it is not possible to fully meet a student s need In such cases you may want to consult with a financial aid representative to explore alternative options The EFC is also used to determine grant eligibility As an example to be eligible for a Pell Grant the EFC cannot exceed 5 198 To be eligible for a State University Grant the EFC cannot exceed 5 000 and all financial aid documents must be received by the file completion date indicated on the Document Request Letter View Types of Aid and grants information for detailed grant criteria In addition to your EFC the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office must also take into consideration any other financial educational resources available to the student These can include Cal Grants various fee waivers scholarships

    Original URL path: http://www.sjsu.edu/faso/Applying/Determining_Financial_Aid_Eligibility/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Frequently Asked Questions | Financial Aid and Scholarship Office | San Jose State University
    process can take approximately 4 8 weeks depending on the volume of applications received When the evaluation process is completed an award notification will be sent to your MySJSU How do I apply for Cal Grant To apply for Cal Grant complete the FAFSA and a Cal Grant GPA verification form by March 2 Cal Grant is not on my award am I not eligible You may still be eligible if CSAC has notified you of your eligibility however Cal Grant requires a separate evaluation from the college Contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at 408 283 7500 ext 6 fao sjsu edu or visit the office I completed the Dream Act application What am I eligible to receive You may qualify for state aid such as Cal Grant State University Grant and EOP grant For additional grant criteria view types of aid Do I qualify for the Dream Act To qualify you must be considered as an AB540 student View CSAC for additional application criteria What is a tuition fee deferral The tuition fee deferral protects course enrollment and delays the payment of tuition fees The tuition fee deferral is temporary and is removed at the beginning of the semester The purpose of the tuition fee deferral is to allow financial aid to disburse and apply towards fees How do I get a tuition fee deferral Tuition fee deferrals are automatically assigned to a student s MySJSU once all requested financial aid documents are received and file noted as complete View Important Announcements for document submission deadline Does the tuition fee deferral apply to housing fees The financial aid tuition fee deferral does not defer housing fees Students should contact a University Housing Services representative for payment information What happens after the tuition fee deferral is removed Once the tuition fee deferral is removed students are responsible for paying all fees by the posted deadline date regardless of his her financial aid status The Bursar s Office will automatically drop course enrollment if fees are not paid by the posted deadline date How do I know if I have a tuition fee deferral on MySJSU The tuition fee deferral is viewed under Other Indicators located on the right hand side of the Student Center page on MySJSU Select Details to view the semester that corresponds to your tuition fee deferral I will be a new student in the fall Can I receive aid for summer classes before the fall term begins New students who are admitted for fall are not eligible for aid for the previous summer term Who is eligible to receive summer aid Students who have been awarded financial aid at SJSU for the current academic year are eligible to apply for summer aid Students must be enrolled at least half time 6 units undergrad post baccalaureate credential or 4 units graduate How do I apply request summer aid Upon registering for summer courses students must consult with a financial aid representative to determine summer aid

    Original URL path: http://www.sjsu.edu/faso/Applying/FAQ/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Glossary | Financial Aid and Scholarship Office | San Jose State University
    of tax refunds garnishing wages and loss of monthly payment options the whole loan becomes due and payable at once Deferment A deferment is the postponement of the payments on a student loan Most deferments are legal entitlements if you meet the deferment criteria and apply for it properly the deferment must be granted to you see also forbearance Delinquency Failure to make a scheduled payment on a loan Dependent This means that parental information is considered in determining a student s eligibility for financial aid Note that a student may be living away from home and not receiving any money from parents and still be dependent for financial aid purposes Also students are not considered independent just because their parents are not claiming them on their tax return Generally any student under age 24 is considered dependent Entrance Loan Counseling A required on line session for first time student borrowers during which the terms and conditions of the loan are explained Exit Loan Counseling A required on line session for student borrowers who are graduating or otherwise leaving school or drop below half time enrollment during which the terms and repayment of the loan s are explained Expected Family Contribution The amount a student and parents if dependent is expected to contribute towards the cost of attending college This figure directly determines eligibility for financial aid FAFSA This is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid used to apply for federal and state financial aid Fee deferral Fee deferrals protect classes and delay the payment of tuition fees until after the semester begins Financial Need This is the same as financial aid eligibility Forbearance Forbearance is a way to postpone or reduce the payments on a student loan Forbearance differs from a deferment in three ways It is not a legal requirement It is given at the lender s or holder of the loan discretion and Interest continues to acrrue even if forebearance is granted see also deferment Garnish Withholding part of a borrower s paycheck to repay a loan generally when that loan has been defaulted Grace Period This is a period of time during which a borrower is not required to make payments on a student loan Grace periods normally begin after the student is no longer enrolled at least half time and last from 6 to 9 months Independen t Parental information is not considered in determining a student s eligibility for financial aid Any student who is age 24 by December 31 of the award year is automatically independent for financial aid purposes Master Promissory Note MPN A written legally binding promise to repay a loan The Master Promissory Note MPN outlines the terms and conditions of the loan including repayment schedule interest rate deferment policy and cancellation provisions Under the Federal Direct Loan Program the MPN must be signed every 10 years Need Need is the difference between the student s Cost of Attendance budget and expected family contribution Eligibility is determined by a

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  • IRS Tax Return Request | Financial Aid and Scholarship Office | San Jose State University
    Circumstances Cost of Attendance Dependent versus Independent Filing Status Determining Financial Aid Eligibility FAQ Seven Steps to Financial Aid Glossary IRS Income Information Tuition Fees Summer Financial Aid If tax information is requested by SJSU during the verification process there are several acceptable options available to provide this information Please note Copies of tax returns are not acceptable Option One Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA to link tax information for the student and or parent from the IRS site onto the FAFSA Tax returns filed electronically may be available 2 3 weeks after the return has been accepted by the IRS Tax returns filed by paper may be available 8 11 weeks after the return has been accepted by the IRS IRS Data Retrieval Instructons Who is NOT Eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool Parents who do not have a social security number A married independent applicant and spouse who filed separate tax returns The married parents of a dependent student who filed separate tax returns An applicant or an applicant s parents if they had a change in marital status after the end of the requested tax year An applicant or parent or spouse who filed an amended tax return In this case submit a tax return transcript or a signed copy of the original federal tax return and a signed IRS form 1040X Amended U S individual tax return Student s parents are unmarried but living together Option Two Download the tax return transcript from the IRS website IRS Tax Return Transcript Instructions Option Three If you are unable to use the IRS data retrieval tool function on the FAFSA or unable to download your tax return transcript online you MUST contact the IRS by calling 1 800 908 9946 Tax return

    Original URL path: http://www.sjsu.edu/faso/Applying/irstaxreturnrequest/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Summer Financial Aid | Financial Aid and Scholarship Office | San Jose State University
    Tuition Fees Summer Financial Aid San Jose State University offers limited summer financial aid which may consist of Grant s and or Stafford Loan The amount and type of summer aid students are eligible to receive will depend on many factors including grade level need and whether or not eligibility for these funds have been exhausted during the regular academic year Summer 2016 Registration Begins April 4 to May 20 2016 Summer 2016 Financial Aid Application Process Begins TBD Final Day to Apply for Summer 2016 Financial Aid TBD Last Day to accept summer loans TBD Requirements Must be a continuing SJSU student Must have a completed 2015 2016 FAFSA application and submitted all supporting documents Must be enrolled in the minimum number of units required 6 units for undergraduate 2 nd BA or Credential students 4 units of 200 level classes or departmental approved equivalency for Graduate students Must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress Must meet the document submission deadline this includes on line acceptance of loans Applications received after this date will not be processed and student is responsible for any fees due by the posted deadline Summer Aid Programs Loans Limited loan options are available to summer students based on remaining eligibility Grants Federal Pell Grant based on remaining eligibility Disbursement Process The disbursement of funds begins on a weekly basis starting the 2nd week of the summer term Financial aid funds will apply to the student s account and pay any outstanding fees owed to the university fees not covered by financial aid is the responsibility of the student Refunds if any will be mailed or directly deposited into the student s checking saving account Click direct deposit for more information Fee Deferrals Fee deferrals protect classes and suspend the payment of tuition fees until after the

    Original URL path: http://www.sjsu.edu/faso/Applying/Summer_Financial_Aid/ (2016-02-13)
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