FAFSA/CADAA Simplification Guide

2024-2025 FAFSA/CADAA Availability - January 1, 2024

State Financial Aid Priority Deadline - May 2, 2024

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application (CADAA) received a major overhaul! To assist our financial aid students here at SF State, our office has provided the following resources in order to help students and their families with these changes!

Furthermore, financial aid applications for the next academic year are now OPEN! Depending on which application a student qualifies for, please be ready to do the following:

  1. Complete a 2024-2025 financial aid application (FAFSA or CADAA)
  2. List SF State as their TOP school of choice (School Code: 001154)

If both steps are completed successfully, admitted students will be awarded Provisional (Preliminary) financial aid awards for the 2024-2025 school year (Fall 2024, Spring 2025, & Summer 2025) here at SF State by the end of the Spring 2024 semester. However, OFFICIAL finalized awards will be awarded on July 2024!

To begin or edit your financial aid application, please click on one of the links provided down below.

Important Announcement!

Federal Student Aid (FSA) has created a fix for any FAFSA filers who are experiencing these situations:

  • Students who have Parent/Spouses who are UNABLE to create an FSA ID because they do not have a valid Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Students who CANNOT complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA because their Parents/Spouses do not have a valid SSN and are unable to include their 2022 tax information on the FAFSA form

For more information regarding these instructions, please click on the links provided right below.

Navigation Guide


2024-2025 FAFSA Changes

This page provides a detailed review of why the FAFSA is being updated, what are the changes to the application, and what students and their families can do while waiting for the application to open. Please click on the link provided down below in order to access this information.


CA Dream Act Application (CADAA) Filers

Since the FAFSA is changing, expect the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to change the CADAA  as well! More announcements will be given in the future but In the meanwhile, please click on the link provided down below to access the To Do List for Dream students here at SF State.


FAQs for Students, Families, & Staff

GOT QUESTIONS? We've got you covered! For more information regarding questions students, families, and our campus partners may have about what to expect with the upcoming FAFSA process, please click on the link provided right below.

2024-2025 FAFSA/CADAA Projected Timeframe

2024 Projected Schedule
Month Plan Of Action
January 2024
  • 2024-2025 Financial aid applications open and receive confirmations after completion
February 2024
  • SF State Office Of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) receives the financial aid applications into our database
March 2024
  • SF State OSFA runs tests with the new database in preparation of awarding students properly based on the new FAFSA/CADAA Simplification updates
April 2024
  • Provisional awards (Preliminary) for the 2024-2025 school year (Fall 2024 & Spring 2025) are posted on the Student Center and admitted students will be notified through their SF State e-mail
  • Students may be selected for Verification (Further review) and checklist items will be posted on their To Do List in their SF State Gateway
July 2024
  • OFFICIAL awards for the 2024-25 school year are posted on the Student Center and admitted students will be notified through their SF State e-mail

2024-2025 FAFSA Step-By-Step Tutorial

2024-2025 CADAA Step-By-Step Tutorial