Financial Aid

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At San Jacinto College, our goal is to ensure finances never stand in the way of your success. With low tuition and abundant financial aid opportunities, we make education affordable and excellent. When you’re here, you never have to worry about how to pay for college.

Can I Get Financial Aid?

Both federal and state financial aid has eligibility requirements you must meet in order to receive aid. Check them out here to see which option is best for you.

San Jacinto College is partnering with Trellis Company. Trellis is a nonprofit organization and trusted partner that works with San Jacinto College to help our students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Trellis may ask you to confirm your identity using your name and date of birth. Trellis will provide assistance with the FAFSA but does not collect any documents from you and cannot make any changes to any of your applications or data.
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Financial Aid Eligibility

For either state or federal aid, you must:

  • Be a US citizen, or an eligible non-citizen
  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or recognized equivalent
  • Be enrolled in an eligible program of study and/or accepted as a certificate or degree seeking student at San Jac
  • Be in good standing with your payments on any federal or state student loan, and any federal grant repayments
  • Take at least the minimum number of hours required by each program
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Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you are:

  • A US citizen
  • A permanent US resident with an Alien Registration Card
  • A conditional permanent US resident with visa type I-551C
  • An eligible non-citizen with an arrival/departure record showing one of the following: refugee, asylum granted, parolee (minimum one year), or Cuban-Haitian entrant
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State Financial Aid

You should fill out the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) if you are a Texas resident and are unable to apply for federal aid. We use the TASFA to offer:

For the 2024-25 TASFA Application, please click here.

Note: If you’ve completed the FAFSA, you do not need to complete the TASFA.

5 Essentials to Complete the FAFSA

Completing the FAFSA is pretty straightforward. But it does require specific documents and records. By preparing these items in advance, you can streamline the process and make filling out the FAFSA a breeze.
  1. San Jac FAFSA Code

    San Jac’s FAFSA Code is 003609.
    List San Jac and any other schools you’re applying to on the FAFSA. You can do this before you even apply to San Jac. We’ll receive your FAFSA results automatically once your financial aid application is processed.

  2. Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)

    The FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign FSA documents. You can create your FSA ID before you begin your FAFSA, in fact we recommend it! It can take up to three days after creating your ID to be able to use it.

  3. Social Security Number or Eligible Non-Citizen Documentation

    If you’re a US citizen, have your social security number handy. If you are a non-citizen, you may need your visa or other documentation.

  4. Your Driver's License

    This only applies if you have a driver’s license. Don’t worry about this item if you don’t have one.

  5. IRS Data Retrieval Tool

    You must use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to share tax information or confirm non-filing status. This tool makes it super easy and quick to complete the FAFSA and significantly reduces the number of questions you'll have to answer.

Mark Your Calendar

The FAFSA for San Jac opens by the end of December 2023. For priority consideration, you should apply as soon as it is available. While we award on a first-come-first-serve basis, funds for most financial aid programs are awarded based on financial need.
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Summer Terms

  • April 30 - Priority processing deadline. All financial aid applications and necessary paperwork must be received by San Jac to guarantee a financial aid award by summer payment deadlines.
  • May 1 - Financial Aid will begin authorizing your aid and applying it to your tuition and fees.
  • May 8 - Any funds available after tuition and fees are paid will be moved to the bookstore for you to use toward books and supplies.
  • July 1 - If you are enrolled in classes that begin through June 24, then on or before July 1, balance refunds will be issued to your selected account.
  • If you are enrolled in a class beginning after this date, you can expect your refund on or before: July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, or July 29. 
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Fall Terms

  • June 30 - Priority processing deadline. All financial aid applications and necessary paperwork must be received by San Jac to guarantee a financial aid award by summer payment deadlines.
  • July 25 - Financial Aid will begin authorizing your aid and applying it to your tuition and fees.
  • July 31 - Any funds available after tuition and fees are paid will be moved to the bookstore for you to use toward books and supplies.
  • September 23 - If you are enrolled in classes that begin through Sept. 16, then on or before Sept. 23, balance refunds will be issued to your selected account. 
  • If you are enrolled in a class beginning after this date, (for example, in March) you can expect your refund on or before: Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Nov. 11, and Nov. 25.

Watch and learn

We want to make filling out your FAFSA as easy as possible. Visit our Ocelot Video Portal for quick videos to help answer any questions you may have as you complete the process.    

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Additional Documentation FAQ

Once you submit your FAFSA, you will get an email from San Jac about the status of your application. 

You may be chosen for a process called verification and need to submit additional information before your application can be processed. 

If you are chosen for verification or need to upload documents for any other reason, you can find out more about these processes on our Policy and Forms page. 

The FA acknowledgment letter lets you know that your financial aid application has been downloaded by San Jac. There is an important section of the email labeled Requirements.

 If the Requirements box is blank, it means you are good to go! Your file will be reviewed for satisfactory academic progress and, if eligible, awarded within the next five business days. 

If the Requirements box lists documents, it means your file has been selected for verification. Please read the list of requirements carefully and provide the documents quickly.

Many forms can be found on our Policy and Forms page. If you no longer have your email, you can log into your SOS account for a list of required documents.

 

If you receive an email asking about incomplete documents, don’t panic! This is common. It just means we have some questions about the documents you’ve submitted or we need additional information. 

The email will list instructions on what to do next. While many documents can be found on our Policy and Forms page, we may need more information than can be provided in a form. So please read your email carefully. You may need to call, email, or visit the financial aid office.

 

The Department of Education sets standards we must use to determine your financial aid eligibility. SAP has many requirements, including maintaining at least a 2.0 GPA.
If you have received an email about your status, please read it carefully or review your SAP status on SOS. If you fail to meet the SAP requirements, you will need to start an appeals process to regain financial aid eligibility.

You can learn more about SAP and the appeals process on the Managing Your Aid page.

 

You can check the status of the documents you submit. Just log into your SOS account. Document statuses are:

  • Received, Not Yet Reviewed - This means your document has been received and electronically forwarded to the office for processing. It has not yet been reviewed.
  • Satisfied - This means that the document has been reviewed and the requirement is satisfied.
  • Incomplete - This means that something you submitted is incomplete. You will need to speak with someone from the financial aid office about what is needed.
  • Temporary - This means that your file has been reviewed and has been sent back to the Department of Education for an update in their system. This is purely a system issue and does not impact the status of your application. You do not need to take any action.

Contact Information

Need some more help with your financial aid? Get your questions answered quickly. Join in a Financial Aid Live Chat Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or schedule a virtual appointment! For general questions, reach out to us at 281-998-6150 or FinAid@sjcd.edu. Or visit our office on one of our campuses below.

Central Campus

Building 27, Room C-27-6.1300
281-998-6150
Fax: 281-478-2710

Directions

Fall/Spring Hours
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Summer Hours
Mon-Thurs: 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. - Noon

North Campus

Building 6, Room N-6.150
281-998-6150
Fax: 281-669-4385

Directions

Fall/Spring Hours
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Summer Hours
Mon-Thurs: 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. - Noon

 

South Campus

Building 6, Room S-6.181
281-998-6150
Fax: 281-669-4336

Directions

Fall/Spring Hours
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Summer Hours
Mon-Thurs: 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. - Noon

Generation Park Campus

Generation Park G-2.101
(Admissions Office) 
Admissions@sjcd.edu
281-998-6350 Ext. 7678

Directions

Fall/Spring Hours
Mon-Thurs: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Summer Hours
Mon-Thurs: 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. - Noon

Request an Event

Our financial aid personnel can help you hold a FAFSA or TASFA workshop. All you have to do is fill out a simple request form! Please keep in mind that:

 

We will assign a lead person to your event once we receive your application. That lead person will call or email your point of contact within five business days to confirm and finalize event details.


If you have any questions, please email us at FinAid@sjcd.edu.

Submit a Request