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 feeral 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.


Due to the high volume of document processing, our Financial Aid Counselors are not available on a drop-in basis or on the phone to work with  students and parents. On those hours when our Financial Aid Counselors are not available, our student assistant will be available to accept  documents and answer general information only.

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.