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.



2019-2020 Financial Aid Offers Posted

Students may now log in to their Student Center and view their 2019-2020 awards. If you do not see an award letter, please check your To Do List items for any pending documents we may need from you to finalize your application.

Selected for verification?

If you have To Do List items requring you to submit verification documents, submit them in person or through mail as soon as possible. Currently, our office takes about 3-4 weeks to complete verification upon receiving all of the documents that are required. Please see our verification page for more information.

Reviewing your Awards - FAQ

Summer 2019 Financial Aid

Students may now complete the To Do List to "Report Summer Units" on their Student Center. Please check your email and Student Center regularly.

Summer 2019 Aid - More info

2019-2020 FAFSA - Rolling applications

Although the state priority submission deadline is March 2, 2019, students may submit FAFSA applications past the priority deadline to be evaluated for Federal-based aid only. Login to FAFSA with your FSA ID and password. The 2019-2020 FAFSA requires information from the 2017 tax year. 



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

May 3 Last day to accept student loans for Spring 2019
May 22 Last disbursement for Spring 2019


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 2019 PresentationView our presentation from SF State's annual Sneak Preview event hosted on April 6, 2019.