You are attending San Francisco State University (or are thinking about attending) and want to know what kind of financial aid you qualify for. Where do you start?
How do I apply?
All students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a California DREAM Application every year. Doing so will allow us to start the process of evaluating your eligibility for different types of financial aid.
Who can apply?
Don't know what to apply for? See our Dream Act vs FAFSA page to find out what application you should be completing.
International students on an F-1 or J-1 visa are not eligible for any state or federal financial aid, but some scholarships may be available. Please see our scholarships page regarding information on international students.
When do I apply?
FAFSA and CA Dream Applications open on October 1, with a State Priority Deadline of March 2 every year.
For example, if you want to fill out a 2019-2020 application in a timely manner, you must submit an application by March 2, 2019.
Do not miss the March 2 deadline!
The State Priority deadline is March 2 every single year, for both the FAFSA and CA Dream applications. Applications submitted after March 2 may not be evaluated for any state-based aid.
- If you are applying for admissions in the Spring semester, the State priority deadline of March 2 still applies.
- If you miss the March 2 deadline, you may still fill out a FAFSA application to be evaluated for federal aid only.
Also, when filling out the application:
- Select "San Francisco State University" and the school code "001154" in the Colleges to Receive Information section. If you do not add SF State, we will never receive your application and therefore cannot be evaluated for any aid.
- You will be asked to report tax information 2 years prior (ex: 2017 tax information is required for a 2019-2020 application). For FAFSA applications, we recommend using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to automatically transfer your tax information to your FAFSA.
- If students already filed the FAFSA the previous year, they can select the Pre-fill data process, formerly known as "Renewal FAFSA on the Web", which will help to move old data from the previous year to the current year FAFSA using the same web site above.
- Look out for an email from the Office of Student Financial Aid. We send all emails to your SF State email address. You can also check your Financial Aid Status online by logging into your SF State Gateway account.
- After filing the FAFSA, you may be selected for verification. Submit the verification documents to our office as soon as possible so that we can review and process your award offer.