Verification and Forms


How do I view my Verification requirements on Gateway?

Go to

  1. Enter your "SF State ID and password".
  2. View requested verification items on your To Do List
  3. Click on each item to get more detailed information
  4. Submit your documents via DocuSign portal
  5. Continue to monitor your student email and/or gateway. If we need additional documents, you will be notified.

Petition forms

Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Only use this form if the Financial Aid Office has notified you that you are out of compliance with the Satisfactory Academic Progress guidelines. If you are unsure that this applies to you, contact the Financial Aid Office.
Special Circumstances Petition (2020-21)

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.

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.

Special Circumstances Petition (2021-22)

At San Francisco State University, we take the time to personally consider each individual family's financial circumstances. We make every effort to be as accommodating as possible when determining your financial circumstances due to extenuating circumstances beyond your control.  A financial aid 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. Click here to download the 2021-22 form.

​​What we will generally consider:

Loss or reduction of income, including but not limited to loss of employment, reduction of pay, death of a parent or spouse, and reduction/loss of child support; Divorce or separation; One time only income distributions; High out of pocket medical and/or dental expenses; K-12 private school tuition, or tax liens; Costs associated with a natural disaster​.

What we do not consider:

Changes to assets or inability to liquidate assets; Loss of overtime or bonus; Bankruptcy, foreclosures or collection costs associated with outstanding debt; Consumer debt (credit cards, car payments, loans, etc.); Lottery or gambling winnings or losses; One-time income used for non-life essential items (e.g. family vacation); Parents (step parents or biological parents) who do not wish to provide support; Marital separation where the parents are still living together.