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. 



The One Stop is temporarily closed and will reopen on Monday, February 7. Student Services will only be available remotely until then.

Please note our updated phone hours: Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:45 pm and Friday from 10:00 am to 4:45 pm. When all campus offices physically reopen on Monday, February 7, we will offer a combination of in-person and remote services in anticipation of the return of in-person classes on February 14. We have every expectation that in-person services will resume on February 7 and in-person classes will resume on February 14, but students are encouraged to look out for a campus update on February 1 confirming plans for the remainder of the Spring 2022 term.

The 2022-23 FAFSA and California Dream Act Application are now open!

The 2022-23 FAFSA/CADAA applications will require 2020 tax information from you (and your parents if you are a dependent).

To be considered for all aid types including state funded grants (i.e. Cal Grant and the State University Grant) be sure to apply before March 2nd, 2022. All eligible students should complete a financial aid application (FAFSA/CADAA) each year.

Spring 2022 financial aid disbursements will begin on January 19, 2022.

Read here for more information on financial aid for the spring semester.

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.

The 2021-22 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 the 2021-2022 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application Now

2021–2022 FAFSA and California Dream Act applications are now available.

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 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 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.

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.

Gator Talk 2021 Presentations: View our recorded Zoom presentations for new students and families of students.

Part OneMaking Financial Aid Happen
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Part TwoUnderstanding Your Financial Aid Award Letter
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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

Completing the FAFSA on Mobile App - A "How To" Video: This video covers the steps to complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through the Department of Education's myStudentAid mobile app.