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
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.
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
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:
Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) or Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG)
for students who meet the SB 1528 state residency requirements
TPEG for dual credit students
TPEG for foreign students
TPEG for Continuing and Professional Development (CPD) students
Note: If you’ve completed the FAFSA, you do not need to complete the TASFA.
6 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. You can find out more about each item on the
Federal Student Aid (FSA) website
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.
Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)
Earlier applications required an FSA Pin number. The FSA ID replaces this. This 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
The FAFSA will also ask about any untaxed income you or your parents make. This can
include child support and veteran benefits. Additionally, the FAFSA will ask about
bank account balances and the value of investments, such as stocks, bonds, and real
Mark Your Calendar
The FAFSA for San Jac opens on January 1st. 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.
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
May 1 - Financial Aid will begin authorizing your aid and applying it to your tuition
May 3 - 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.
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
July 25 - Financial Aid will begin authorizing your aid and applying it to your tuition
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. Use these quick videos
to help you as you complete the process.
Tips for Applying for Financial Aid
Your FSA ID
Financial Aid Verification
Apply for Additional Financial Aid
In addition to federal and state aid, San Jac has a plethora of scholarships, grants,
and work-study opportunities you may be eligible for. Dual enrollment students can
also qualify for aid through grants. Learn more and understand all of the types of
aid that can potentially save you thousands of dollars.
Congratulations, you have submitted your FAFSA! Now what? Take a look at these
next steps to make sure you stay on track.
Review Your Rewards
When you receive your award notification, review all instructions carefully. You
may also review your award online through SOS. If you need additional funding, we have other sources available. So just ask!
Notify Us of Other Aid
We need to know if you’re getting aid from other sources such as the GI Bill, veteran
benefits, or scholarships and grants not awarded by SanJac. Notify us by calling 281-998-6150
Financial literacy is important because it helps you understand and manage your
money. Get tips and resources for repaying your student loans, achieving a good credit
score, and more.
Additional Documentation FAQ
Once you submit your FAFSA, you will get an email from San Jac about the status of
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
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 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
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
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.
Building 27, Room C-27-6.1300 281-998-6150 Fax: 281-478-2710