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 (fall 2022- spring 23)

The 2022-23 Special Circumstance Petition form is for the upcoming academic/award year 2022-23 (fall 2022 and spring 2023). Please note you need to have already submitted your 2022-23 FAFSA and have received a preliminary award offer before we can consider a 2022-23 petition, as well as have filed 2021 taxes, if applicable. Please note this petition process is for undergraduate students only.


Special Circumstances Petition (fall 2021- spring 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 formPlease note this petition process is for undergraduate students only.

​​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.