Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) strives to support students throughout the financial aid process. OSFA has the overall responsibility of administering federal and state financial aid and scholarships for San Francisco State University. We determine the eligibility, awarding and the conditions in which federal and state aid may be disbursed.

OSFA communicates with students via their SF State email and/or their Gateway account. Make sure to check both, regularly. Watch a short video on how to use Gateway, and follow these steps to access your financial aid status on Gateway.



Summer 2019 Financial Aid

Interested in taking summer courses? Learn more about financial aid opportunities through our Summer 2019 Financial Aid page.

We will begin the Summer aid process in April 2019. Around that time, students will receive an email through their SF State account regarding specific instructions on how to receive aid. Please check your email and Student Center regularly.

2019-2020 FAFSA and CA Dream Act

Make sure you submit your application for financial aid for the 2019-2020 academic year. Login to FAFSA with your FSA ID and password, or the CA Dream Act with your Dream Act ID and password. The 2019-2020 FAFSA requires information from the 2017 tax year. The priority submission deadline is March 2, 2019. Students may submit applications past the priority deadline.

Already submitted your application? Our office will begin contacting students about their financial aid status for 2019-2020 in April 2019. Students will be notified via their sf state email, so please make sure to check your inbox regularly for any updates. 

Helpful links:


Spring 2019 Dates and Deadlines



January 23

First disbursement date

Please see the "Spring 2019 FA Deferment" alert on your Student Center for more details on disbursement.

January 28

First day of school

*Anticipate a long wait time at One Stop for financial aid counseling during the first week of school.

January 28 - February 15

Adding classes with permission numbers / Dropping without a "W"
Students may continue to add courses with permission numbers. Students may also drop courses without a "W" (withdrawal). Financial Aid will be adjusted accordingly. 

February 22

1. Census date
Units will be evaluated for delayed disbursement financial aid types (Credential Pell, Ed Doc, TEACH Grant), to be disbursed shortly after this date. Students who add courses past this date will not be eligible for additional Pell grants.

2. Tuition Payment Deadline 
Students with an outstanding tuition balance past this date will be assessed a $20 late fee.

Mid to Late-March

Middle Class Scholarship disbursement


Other links and resources

9 Myths about the FAFSA Form and Applying for Financial AidAn article from the U.S. Department of Education talking about all things FAFSA. 

Net Price calculator. Estimate your prospective financial aid eligibility at SF State. The Net Price Calculator is not an official offer of financial aid nor an application for financial aid, but rather a tool for estimating your eligibility.

Sneak Preview 2018 PresentationView our presentation from SF State's annual Sneak Preview event hosted on April 7, 2018.