Financial Aid FAQ’s

1. What forms do I need to complete for Financial Aid at SJU?

  • The only required form for financial assistance is the FAFSA.
  • Please complete at
  • Enter our school code of 003367.

2. Do you require the Profile?


3. When will I receive my Financial Aid Package from SJU?

Packages are released online within The Nest (our admitted student portal) at the end of March.

4. When must I accept the Award Letter?

By May 1.

5. Do I need to do an additional application for state grants?

6. What are the main differences between a PLUS loan and an alternative loan?

  • The PLUS loan is in the parents´ name and payment usually starts after the second disbursement. Upon request, payment deferment privileges may be available with some restrictions.
  • The alternative loan is a student loan with a cosigner with repayment starting six months after graduation.

7.  What is work study?

  • Work study positions are usually office jobs on campus.
  • Students will be paid directly by the University every two weeks.
  • Work study funds will not be deducted from the invoice.
  • You will be notified of job availability via your SJU email about two weeks before fall classes start if you have accepted work study on your Award Acknowledgement Form.

8. How do I know if I am eligible for work study?

  • Work study eligibility is determined by the FAFSA.
  • If you are eligible, it will appear on your Award package within the student portal.

9. Why is my PHEAA State Grant not appearing on my invoice?

PHEAA State Grants will be credited to accounts the first week of classes. Please refer to the back of your invoice for instructions on pending aid.

10. What is the tuition and room and board at Saint Joseph's University?

11. Is there a way to communicate Special Circumstances and request additional funding from SJU?

  • Saint Joseph's University strives to offer families the best financial aid packages possible within the limitations of federal financial aid funding levels and our institutional student financial aid budget. If you or your parents have experienced loss of income/unemployment, death of a wage earner or significant medical expense not covered by insurance within the past twelve months, please contact the Office of Admission at 610.660.1300.

For more information visit Hawk Central online. Hawk Central is Saint Joseph's student-focused service center where information and counselors are available to meet with students and families to analyze and assess needs related to student academic records, financial aid, and billing.  

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