Office of Student 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 or State financial aid and Scholarships awards at San Francisco State University. We determine the eligibility, awarding, and the conditions in which these awards may be disbursed.

OSFA communicates with our students via their SF State E-mail and SF State Gateway. To keep yourself up to date - Make sure to check both regularly. 


2024-25 FAFSA changes are coming!

To simplify the financial aid application process, the Department of Education is rolling out some big changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

How does this change affect you?

The 2024-25 FAFSA opening date will be delayed until December 2023.

Need assistance completing the FAFSA?

The Office of Student Financial Aid is here to walk students through completing their 2024-25 FAFSA application, whether they’ve applied before or would be first-time FAFSA applicants. We will be offering a 2024-25 FAFSA demonstration on Friday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. on Zoom. 

More information and the Zoom link is available on the Office of Student Financial Aid website.

Due to the new release date of the FAFSA, California has extended the priority deadline to April 2, 2024. Be sure to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible once it’s released. 

Steps you and your family can complete now! 

If your parents or married partner haven’t already set up their Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID they can start now by visiting the Federal Student Aid site.

More information

For more information on the changes coming for the ’24-25 year you can check out the FAFSA Simplification Fact Sheet

The Office of Student Financial Aid is available for any questions you may have. Please contact us at or call (415) 338-7000. 

For students who have been awarded official awards for the 2023-2024 school year (Fall 2023 & Spring 2024) here at SF State, our FIRST disbursement date for the Fall 2023 semester was on Wednesday - August 16, 2023. For more information regarding the disbursement process, please click on the link provided down below.

Our FINAL disbursement date for the 2022-2023 school year (Fall 2022, Spring 2023, & Summer 2023) will be on Wednesday - August 9, 2023.  If you still have any pending unreleased financial aid for those semesters, then please check your To Do List in your SF State Gateway to see if there's any financial aid related items you may still need to submit to our office.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Students will NOT be able to register for their classes for the Fall 2023 semester if they have any existing fees on their Student Center for the Summer 2023 or any previous semesters - Tuition or on-campus housing.

If you had successfully completed a 2023-2024 financial aid application (FAFSA or CADAA) and listed SF State as your TOP school of choice (School code: 001154), then your financial aid awards for the 2023-2024 school year (Fall 2023 & Spring 2024) have been posted! 

If the awards in your Student Center are listed as ESTIMATED - Meaning that they are not official and cannot be accepted, then please refer to your To Do List for any financial aid related items because your financial aid application has been selected for Verification (Further review).

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Students must have completed their application by the March 2nd priority deadline in order to be considered for State financial aid.

For more information on how the Verification process works, please click on the link provided down below.

Financial Aid Applications for the next academic year are OPEN! Depending on which application you qualify for, please do the following:

  1. Complete 2023-2024 financial aid application (FAFSA or CADAA)
  2. List SF State as your TOP school of choice (School Code: 001154)

If both steps are completed successfully, an admitted student will be awarded financial aid for the 2023-2024 school year (Fall 2023, Spring 2024, & Summer 2024) here at SF State. 

It will take us about a week to receive your application after completion.  From there, you’ll receive an e-mail confirmation from our office if you’ve been awarded or have additional steps to take.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Applications must be completed between October 1, 2022 to March 2, 2023 in order to be considered for State financial aid!

Please click on the link listed down below in order to determine which office you need to contact so that you may receive the assistance you are seeking for!