How Financial Aid Works

We understand that applying for and receiving financial aid can be an overwhelming process. Therefore, we offer this quick guide to get a better understanding of how financial aid works at San Francisco State University.

Applying for Financial Aid
This page provides an overview of the financial aid application process, using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California DREAM Act. 
Receiving and Reviewing your Awards

After submitting a FAFSA or CA Dream App and turning in all necessary documents, you should receive your financial aid award offer. But what does all of it mean? This page will provide information on how to accept your awards, how awards are allocated, and how your aid will be used to pay for school. 

Financial Aid Disbursements

This page provides general information on disbursements, and helps explain the "Account Activity" page on your Student Center.