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.


  • Financial Aid documents processing time: We are currently processing documents received between mid to late-May 2018. Due to the high volume of verification documents received, the processing time is approximately 7-8 weeks upon submitting all necessary documents until students will receive a financial aid award offer.  We urge students to monitor their SFSU emails and their To-Do list for any updates. We appreciate your patience during this time.

  • Summer 2018 Financial Aid InformationDisbursement dates for summer are the following:
  • Session R1 & R4:  06/17/2018

  • Session R2:  07/05/2018

  • Session R3:  07/22/2018 weekly until 08/08/2018
  • Last disbursement date: 08/08/2018
  • Note: If student enrolled in two different sessions (R1 & R2) or (R2 & R3) the disbursement will be the later session date.  

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.