How to Pay for College
For many students, paying for college can be a barrier to earning a degree. But it doesn’t have to be. Our resources and guidelines will help you stay up to date on the best ways to achieve your academic goals.
Tuition & Fees
Attending San Jacinto College is an affordable option. Our tuition rates are based on residency and if you need help footing the bill, financial aid is available to most students.
Current students can make a payment or set up a payment plan. Please use these links to learn more about:
There is a three step process that must be completed each academic year in order to receive financial aid:
- Complete a FAFSA (San Jacinto College school code: 003609).
- If requested, provide any additional documentation.
- 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.
State of Texas Exemptions and Waivers
Low Cost Textbooks (Open Books)
Low and no cost textbooks and course materials are available for several courses. When looking up courses in S.O.S. or Course Finder, search for “open books” to find these classes. Learn more about the Open Books program.
First things first. To be eligible for financial aid, you must:
Be a U.S. 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 Jacinto College.
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.
Maintain good academic progress.
You can easily apply for all types of financial aid with one form – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you want your FAFSA to be processed quickly, you should apply soon after it becomes available, usually January 1st. Effective with the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will be able to apply beginning as early as October 1. Any application turned in after the last business day of June (for the Fall semester), October (for Spring), or April (for Summer) may not be processed before classes start. Please note, if you are submitting documents during peak periods (such as registration) processing time on your file may take 3-5 weeks. Remember, you need to apply for financial aid every year.
The amount of financial aid you get depends a lot on how much college is going to cost you each semester. Of course, this can vary depending on how many hours you take, as well as specific class requirements such as lab fees and books. Here’s a basic example of how much a semester here might cost for Fall 2017.
|Living at home||Not living at home|
|Discounted Resident (In-district) tuition and fees:||$930||$930|
|Resident (Out-of-district) tuition and fees:||$1,605||$1,605|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees:||$2,580||$2,580|
|Room and board:||$2,463||$3,946|
|Books and supplies:||$783||$783|
|Estimated Personal expenses:||$1,312||$1,312|
There are lots of details involved with getting financial aid. Fortunately you’ve got us standing by to help you sort it all out. Our financial aid advisors have walked thousands of students through the process, and they’re ready to do the same for you. So you can get the aid you need and get on with your education. Here’s where you can find us.
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