Students enrolled in any of the following College of Extended Learning Certificate, Credential or Degree Programs during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid:
- Clinical Lab Science
- Hospitality and Tourism Management
- International Business
- Music Recording Industry
- Paralegal Studies
- Pre-Health Professionals
- Spanish / English Interpretation
Pupil Personnel Services Credential - Psychology
- Accelerated Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing
- Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Studies
- Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Accelerated
- MBA for Executives
NOTE: Students receiving scholarships who are in non-eligible certificate, credential, or degree programs should contact CEL directly to inquire about how their scholarship can be awarded.
To apply for Financial Aid
Students must file the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at:
After completing your FAFSA, you should receive a confirmation email and a link to access your Student Aid Report (SAR), which summarizes the information you provided on your FAFSA. Review the SAR carefully and if any information is incorrect, make the changes in the FAFSA you submitted online. You will then receive a corrected SAR. Keep this updated SAR for your records. You do not need to submit the SAR to the financial aid office at SF State, as our office runs regular queries to find and review FAFSA's that have corrections.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE SF STATE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE
SF STATE receives your FAFSA information from the processor in approximately 7 to 10 business days after you file your FAFSA. CEL students must then contact the Office of Student Financial Aid via e-mail, to alert them that their FAFSA should have arrived. Always include your SF State ID#. If we need additional documents, you will be notified to submit the required verification documents. Do not submit documents to our office unless requested to do so.
Financial Aid Offer
After we review your complete file, you will then be notified of your award offer via e-mail, and will be able to view and accept your award in the Student Center of the SF Gateway portal, under the Finances section. It will include the amounts and types of financial aid awarded that can be used to meet your educational expenses, as well as disbursement dates, and information about your responsibilities as a financial aid recipient.
Students in the Certificate Programs are required to enroll in and successfully complete a minimum of 6 units per semester. The units must be units required for the particular certificate program. The student must be prepared to pay his/her own tuition fees if financial aid eligibility has not been determined before the tuition fees are due.