At San Francisco State University, we seek to promote scholarship opportunities for ALL our students, including AB 540/2000 and undocumented students. In our scholarship database AcademicWorks, there are MANY scholarships available for students that do not require proof of citizenship or residency status. These scholarships are a great source of funding for students who need additional coverage on top of Dream Aid, and especially for students who do not qualify for Dream Aid.

To filter out the scholarships that do not require proof of citizenship or residency status, be sure to pay special attention that the Citizenship requirement indicates “Any.”

For a small sample of these scholarships available, you can view our Scholarships that do not Require Proof of Citizenship or Residency Status Flyer.

Once you start your scholarship search, we recommend you keep track of the scholarships you have applied for, as well as the scholarships you plan to apply for. You can use our Scholarship Chart to get started, but feel free to organize in a way that works best for you!

Continue the Dream for Academic Excellence Scholarship

The Continue the Dream for Academic Excellence was established in 2011 by SF State staff and faculty to help students pursue their academic goals regardless of their immigration status.  We have supported 57 students of which 93% have either graduated or are successfully working towards graduation. Our goal is to continue to support as many students as possible year after year.

Staff and faculty fundraise throughout the year. One notable fundraising activity is the “Swimming for Sueños” event, in which participants swim from Alcatraz to SF. You can help us fundraise by donating. For more information, please contact our Continue the Dream Committee at

The application generally opens in the Fall semester, so please don’t miss this important scholarship opportunity!

Additional External Resources

Within the AcademicWorks database, there are a variety of external scholarships to search through. Once you have researched these opportunities, be sure to check other scholarship opportunities with the following organizations:

Tax Filing and 1098-T

Students that receive scholarships are encouraged to file federal and state income taxes. Only the cost of the tuition, fees, books and required equipment for students pursuing a degree are tax exempt. If you use your scholarship to cover room & board, travel, research, and clerical help, then it is taxable. Normally tax withholding will be not be made at the time the scholarship is given, so the student may reserve funds to pay for the required taxes.

For more information, please review the IRS’s Publication 970 Tax Benefits for Education.


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