Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) strives to support students throughout the financial aid process. OSFA has the overall responsibility of administering federal and state financial aid and scholarships for San Francisco State University. We determine the eligibility, awarding, and the conditions in which federal and state aid may be disbursed.

OSFA communicates with students via their SF State email and/or their Gateway account. Make sure to check both, regularly. 



The 2022-23 FAFSA and California Dream Act Application are now open!

The 2022-23 FAFSA/CADAA applications will require 2020 tax information from you (and your parents if you are a dependent).

To be considered for all aid types including state funded grants (i.e. Cal Grant and the State University Grant) be sure to apply before March 2nd, 2022. All eligible students should complete a financial aid application (FAFSA/CADAA) each year.

Upcoming 2022-23 FAFSA Application Webinars:

Completing the FAFSA: A How-To for Adult Supporters of Foster Youth

Tuesday, October 19th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Completing the FAFSA: A How-To for Adult Supporters of Homeless Youth

Wednesday, October 20th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Fall Disbursements begin Thursday 8/19

Financial Aid will be applied to student accounts on Thursday 8/19. If you have sufficient Financial Aid to cover your balance you will see this reflected in the Student Center then. 

Take Action to Contact Congress in Support of Doubling the Pell! 

Doubling the maximum Pell Grant has bipartisan support. It is a quick and effective way to bolster opportunity for millions of low- and moderate-income students. Contact your members of Congress and ask them to act now to #DoublePell.

The 2021-22 Special Circumstances Petition is Now Available

The 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. For more information and to download the petition, click here.

Complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application Now

2021–2022 FAFSA and California Dream Act applications are now available.

You May Now Submit Documents Online via the secure DocuSign portal!

Note: Paperwork must still be printed and physically signed before scanning. For more information and to start the process to submit online documents, click HERE.

Selected for Verification?

If you have To Do List items requiring you to submit verification documents, submit them through DocuSign or by mail as soon as possible. Currently, our office takes about 3-4 weeks to complete verification upon receiving all required documents. Please see our verification page for more information.

Reviewing your Award FAQ

See our frequently asked questions for more information on reviewing your financial aid award package.



9 Myths about the FAFSA Form and Applying for Financial AidAn article from the U.S. Department of Education talking about all things FAFSA. 

Net Price calculator. Estimate your prospective financial aid eligibility at SF State. The Net Price Calculator is not an official offer of financial aid nor an application for financial aid, but rather a tool for estimating your eligibility.

Gator Talk 2021 Presentations: View our recorded Zoom presentations for new students and families of students.

Part OneMaking Financial Aid Happen
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Part TwoUnderstanding Your Financial Aid Award Letter
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The 5 Most Helpful Federal Student Aid Blog Posts by the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education

Resources for the California Dream Act Application

Completing the FAFSA on Mobile App - A "How To" Video: This video covers the steps to complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through the Department of Education's myStudentAid mobile app.