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.



Scholarship Workshops for San Francisco Unified School District  Graduating Seniors

The Office of Student Financial Aid will be hosting a workshop for students wishing to apply for either or both of the scholarships for San Francisco Unified School District Graduating High School Senior students.

    Friday, Feb. 14 - 3:30-4:30pm @ SFSU Library Room 121

2020-2021 FAFSA Applications

The 2020–2021 FAFSA will be available on October 1, 2019. You should fill it out as soon as possible on or after October 1, 2019, at the official government site here: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

2019-2020 Financial Aid Offers Posted

Students may now log in to their Student Center and view their 2019-2020 awards. If you do not see an award letter, please check your To Do List items for any pending documents we may need from you to finalize your application.

The final disbursement for the Fall 2019 semester will be December 11, 2019.

Selected for verification?

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

Reviewing your Awards - FAQ

2019-2020 FAFSA - Rolling applications

Although the state priority submission deadline is March 2, 2019, students may submit FAFSA applications past the priority deadline to be evaluated for Federal-based aid only. Login to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with your FSA ID and password. The 2019-2020 FAFSA requires information from the 2017 tax year.



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

Fall 2020 Dates and Deadlines

October 1

FAFSA form will be available here: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Apply ASAP!