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. 


Fall 2023 Financial Aid disburses on Wednesday, August 17. Financial aid students have a tuition deadline deferment until September 19.

If you have a balance remaining on your tuition and fees after financial aid is applied, you must pay before September 19 to avoid a late fee and registration hold. Students who completed a 2022-23 FAFSA or CADAA will not be dropped from classes. Find more information on Fall 2022 disbursement here.

Expecting a Financial Aid Refund this Fall? Set up Direct Deposit in order to avoid waiting for a mailed check.

Find more information on setting up Direct Deposit in your Student Center.

iGrad Launches Financial Literacy Platform for San Francisco State University Students, Staff and Faculty

Read more about SFSU's newest financial wellness tool, iGrad.

Get Discounted Internet

Learn how President Biden is reducing the cost of high-speed internet and find out if you qualify to sign up here.

The 2022-23 Special Circumstances Petition for Undergrads is Now Available

The petition for special circumstances is a way for a student and his/her family to communicate with the Office of Student Financial Aid about financial or household changes that could not be reflected or explained on the FAFSA. Download the petition and view more information.

Complete your 2022-23 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application now!

The 2022-23 FAFSA/CADAA applications require 2020 tax information from you (and your parents if you are a dependent). All eligible students should complete a financial aid application each year.

SF State Recognized as a Gilman Scholarship Top Producer

The university is being honored by the U.S. State Department for being a top producer of Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship award recipients over the past 20 years. This recognition is an acknowledgment of SF State’s long, proud history of encouraging and supporting equity, diversity and accessibility for participants in education abroad. For more information about SF State Abroad opportunities.

Take Action to Contact Congress in Support of Doubling the Pell! 

Doubling the maximum Pell Grant has bipartisan support. It is a quick and effective way to bolster opportunity for millions of low- and moderate-income students. Contact your members of Congress and ask them to act now to #DoublePell.

You May Now Submit Documents Online via the secure DocuSign portal!

Note: Paperwork must still be printed and physically signed before scanning. View more information about starting the process to submit online documents

Selected for Verification?

If you have To Do List items requiring you to submit verification documents, submit them through DocuSign, in person at the One Stop, or by mail as soon as possible. Our office can take up to four weeks to complete verification upon receiving all required documents. Please see our verification page for more information.

Reviewing your Award FAQ

See our frequently asked questions for more information on reviewing your financial aid award package.


San Francisco State Basic Needs - Basic needs are the conditions and resources necessary to survive and thrive. These conditions support students' ability to be active, engaged learners who reach their full potential at San Francisco State University. The Basic Needs Initiatives work to address food and housing insecurity on campus through institutional, policy and programmatic development. Basic Needs is housed within Health Promotion & Wellness in Student Affairs & Enrollment Management.

Check out iGrad, SF State's free financial wellness platform that can help you with your money management.

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.

The 5 Most Helpful Federal Student Aid Blog Posts by the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education

Resources for the California Dream Act Application