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.


  • Please see our Fall 2018 Frequently Asked Questions page for any inquiries you may have regarding your financial aid.

  • Middle Class Scholarship (MCS): Recipients of MCS must wait until October 2018 until they are able to see their awards reflected on their Awards Summary Page. Disbursement for MCS will also occur on October 2018.

Fall 2018 Dates and Deadlines

August 27

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

August 27 - September 17 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. 
September 24 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-October Awarding and disbursing of the Middle Class Scholarship
Students who have an outstanding tuition balance but have an MCS award will have their $20 late fee waived.
December 4  Last day to request for loans to be increased or reoffered


Other links and resources

How and when to apply. To receive financial aid, you must apply every year.

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