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 & Charges

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: 

Financial Aid

There is a three step process that must be completed each academic year in order to receive financial aid:

  1. Complete a FAFSA (San Jacinto College school code: 003609).
  2. If requested, provide any additional documentation.
  3. 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.
    Veterans Affairs
    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 Booksprogram.

Financial Aid

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 to receive priority consideration, you should apply as soon as the FAFSA is available, usually after October 1. Although SJC awards on a first come, first serve basis, funds for most financial aid programs are awarded on demonstrated financial need.

Awarding of aid normally begins the first week of June and continues throughout the school year until August. To secure an award for fall, applications must be completed by the end of June; to secure an award for spring, applications must be completed by the end of October; to secure an award for summer, applications must be completed by the end of April. An application is considered complete when all documents needed by the Financial Aid Office and the Admissions Office are on file. 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 2018.

  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
Transportation expenses: $977 $977


College Cost Calculator

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.

North Campus

Central Campus

South Campus

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