Financial Aid

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Financial Assistance Keeps You in the Game

We totally get that finding the right education while keeping an eye on the budget is crucial. 

Here at the University of Silicon Valley, we’re all about ensuring every student who gets accepted can handle the financial side of things.

Our Financial Aid Office is on a mission to create flexible and responsive financial aid packages. We want to keep USV affordable for you. Don’t hesitate to fire away with any questions you might have about your options and how to apply. We’re here to help, and you can easily set up a financial aid counseling appointment with us. Let’s chat!

Financial Aid Office

University of Silicon Valley
Financial Aid Office
191 Baypointe Parkway
San Jose, California 95134 USA

Toll Free: 800.264.7995
Phone: 408.498.5100
Fax: 408.701.0601


Types of Aid

Financial aid comes in a number of forms including scholarships, loans, and work-study programs.


Scholarships are funds awarded on the basis of certain factors, such as academic merit or financial need.


Grants are awarded on the basis of financial need and do not have to be paid back.


Loans can come from public or private sources and is money that must be repaid with interest.

Work Study

This program allows students to earn money through various job opportunities at USV.

Get to Know the FAFSA

The basic application used to apply for financial aid at any school in the nation is called the FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This application is the first step used to apply for federal, state, and institutional sources of financial aid.

If you cannot apply online, you may obtain a paper FAFSA directly from the college or by calling the U.S. Department of Education directly at 800.4.FED.AID (800.433.3243). The University of Silicon Valley’s school code is: 001177. Be sure to list the University of Silicon Valley when completing Step 6 of the FAFSA.

If you fill out a paper FAFSA, mail your form to:

Federal Student Aid Programs
PO Box 7001
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864-0071

Go online with FAFSA On The Web. FAFSA on the Web is a free Internet site with easy-to-follow screens and extensive on-line instructions to help you complete the FAFSA using “interview” style questions. It will edit your information as it is entered, ensuring better data quality and reduced rejection rates. 

You may also complete a renewal FAFSA using FAFSA On The Web. The renewal process is faster in that it will retrieve the information that you filed last year and allow you to make updates as appropriate rather than having to start from scratch. You must request an FSA ID to access your renewal FAFSA Application. Please see the Federal Student Aid website for complete information and instructions for requesting your FSA ID. University of Silicon Valley Title IV School Code for use on FAFSA is 001177. 

Approximately four weeks after you file your FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR), summarizing the information reported on your application. Carefully review your SAR for any errors upon receipt, and make any necessary corrections. If any of the information on your application has changed, follow the instructions on the SAR to make corrections and return it to the address provided. Be sure that University of Silicon Valley (School Code: 001177) is listed as an institution authorized to receive your application information. If no updates or corrections are required, keep the SAR for your reference.

If you do not receive your SAR within four weeks, call 800.4.FED.AID (800.433.3243) to check the status of your FAFSA application.

Once we receive your FAFSA information, you will receive an email and/or a letter from University of Silicon Valley asking you to provide verification information to the Financial Aid Office. This verification information will allow us to produce a financial aid award letter for you. If additional documents are requested, you may submit the documents in person or by mail, if mailing, send to:

University of Silicon Valley
Financial Aid Office
191 Baypointe Parkway
San Jose, CA 95134 

Within a few weeks of receiving your completed information, we will provide you with an award offer. Written Notification from University of Silicon Valley will send by U.S. Mail. Review your award carefully. This award offer will outline the aid for which you are eligible. Follow the instructions enclosed with the award offer to determine the next step in processing your aid. 

Students seeking financial aid are encouraged to begin the process early. Follow these steps to get started:

Step 2

Complete and submit your FAFSA. USV's school ID is 001177.

Step 3

Allow 3–5 days for your application to be processed. You will receive a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR), review your SAR for accuracy and then contact USV to walk you through your FAFSA results.

General Eligibility Requirements

While attending USV, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to receive their financial aid. Students who are suspended from a program of study or terminated from USV are ineligible for financial aid until they regain admission and comply with academic requirements. 

Eligibility for federal financial aid programs requires that a student be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. If you are a prospective international student, visit the International section in admissions for details on your enrollment process. Basic eligibility requirements are that you must: 

  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen 
  • Demonstrate financial need for certain programs 
  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe repayment on a grant
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Have a valid Social Security Number 
  • Be working towards a degree or certificate in an eligible program

More Resources

Explore your Right to Know and additional information to help students and parents better understand the financial aid process. 

Financial Aid FAQs

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