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.


  • Fall 2018 Disbursement: The first disbursement for Fall 2018 is scheduled on August 22, and every Wednesday thereafter. Some award types may have a delayed disbursement date. 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.

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.