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.



Complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application Now!

2021–2022 FAFSA and California Dream Act applications are now available. We recommend completing before the March 2, 2021 priority deadline.

Consolidation of Appropriations Act of 2021

SFSU is very pleased that the Consolidation Appropriations Act of 2021 will be providing additional emergency relief funds to colleges and universities. Currently, we have received no official guidance regarding when we will receive funds and there is no new guidance regarding how the school must allocate the funds for students. Once we know a firm timeline, the amount of aid available to students, and how the funds are to be distributed, we will share that information with the campus community.

Spring 2021 Financial Aid Disbursements Begin January 20th

Financial Aid students who have the Tuition Fee Deferral listed on their account will not need to make any payments by the January 13th deadline. You can confirm your deferral by checking the "Holds and Alerts" section of your Student Center. If you see "Balance due deferred by FA" you will not be dropped from classes and will have no issue starting the Spring semester.


Special Circumstances Petition Now Available

For Undergraduate students, if you or your family have reduced income due to the Covid-19 emergency or any other reason we are now able to process petitions to reconsider your aid eligibility. We will be considering projected income from July 1st 2020 to June 30th 2021.

Please be sure to collect as much documentation of your projected income as possible. This could include paystubs showing your current income level, unemployment statements, letters of separation from former employers, etc. No two situations are the same so please provide us with as much as you have available. Approvals of these petitions are not guaranteed. For auditing purposes, we must be able to faithfully document the change in income.

During the Fall semester you may be required to submit additional documentation to confirm the level of projected income is accurate.

If you have a 0 EFC (as indicated by a Pell Award of $6,345) we will not be able to process your petition as you are already receiving the maximum amount of financial aid available.

For Graduate students, unfortunately due to the design of State and Federal financial aid a change in income will not impact the aid that we can offer. As such, we cannot accept any petitions.

You can download the form to complete here, then submit the signed form with your documentation through our online portal.

You May Now Submit Documents Online!

We are excited to announce that documents may now be submitted through a secure online portal! Please note paperwork must still be printed and physically signed before scanning. For more information and to start the process to submit online documents click HERE.


Selected for verification?

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

Reviewing your Awards - FAQ



The Basic Needs Initiatives is housed within Health Promotion & Wellness in Student Affairs & Enrollment 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.

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

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