State Grants

There are a number of state-based grants that are reserved for students who demonstrate financial need. For all state-based aid, students must file a FAFSA or CA DREAM by March 2 every year to be evaluated for eligibility; FAFSAs or CA DREAMs submitted after March 2 are not guaranteed any state-based aid. Supplemental applications or documents may need to be submitted in addition to the FAFSA or CA DREAM, depending on what you are applying for.

State University Grant (SUG)

Gift aid for Undergraduate, Credential, and classified Graduate California resident. This grant pays for tuition and registration fee costs (local fees not included). Students with a fee subsidy or waiver (such as Cal Vet) are ineligible for this grant. Students who have a Cal Grant are also ineligible for the SUG. 

Amounts offered on students' Financial Aid Award Page are assumed to be enrolled full-time. Students who are enrolled part-time will only receive a part-time SUG. Below are the enrollment requirements:

  • Full award = 7 units or more (undergraduate, credential, and graduate students)
  • Part time award = 6 units undergraduate and credential students, 4 units graduate students
  • No award = Less than 6 units undergraduate and credential students, less than 4 units graduate students

See the SUG Policy Page for additional eligibility criteria.

Cal Grant A 

Gift aid for undergraduate California residents. Awards assist low-and middle-income students with tuition and registration fee cost. The Cal Grant is awarded by the California Student Aid Commission, based on financial need and grade point average. Pays partial tuition and registration fees only.

Students awarded a Cal Grant A cannot receive a State University Grant since both grant programs are applied to tuition and registration fees.

Amounts offered on students' Financial Aid Award Page are assumed to be enrolled full-time. Students enrolled in less than 12 units will receive a prorated amount.

  • Full award = 12 units
  • 3/4 award = 9-11 units
  • Half award = 6-8 units

Cal Grant B

Gift aid for undergraduate California residents who are primarily from disadvantaged and low-income families. Awarded by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC), grant pays a subsistence stipend for the first year (estimated $1,551), and partial tuition and registration fees plus a stipend in subsequent years.

Amounts offered on students' Financial Aid Award Page are assumed to be enrolled full-time. Students enrolled in less than 12 units will receive a prorated amount.

  • Full award = 12 units
  • 3/4 award = 9-11 units
  • Half award = 6-8 units

Middle Class Scholarship

A scholarship to undergraduate students with a family annual income of up to $150,000.

Eligibility requirements: 

  • Student must be enrolled at a California State University or University of California
  • Must be a CA resident or eiligible AB 540 student.
  • Student must file a FAFSA or California Dream Application by the March 2 deadline.

For more complete information on the program and eligibility requirements- visit the California Student Aid Commission page

EOP Grant

Gift aid for undergraduate students admitted to SF State through the EOP program, up to $1,000 per academic year.
Enrollment requirement to receive this grant is full-time (12 units).

CHAFEE Grant 

The California Chafee Grant is free money for current or former California foster youth. A Chafee Grant is a federal and state funded grant subject to yearly availability of funds.

To qualify, you must:

  • Be a current or former foster youth*
  • Not have reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1 of the award year

*To qualify, foster youth dependency of the court must have been established between the ages of 16 and 18. KinGap youth who are or were eligible to receive Independent Living Program services, guardian placements and voluntary placements may not be eligible for the California Chafee Grant unless court dependency was established between the ages of 16 and 18.

To apply:

You must submit the California Chafee Grant Application, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California DREAM Application, and your school submits the Chafee Needs Analysis Report (NAR).