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. Watch a short video on how to use Gateway, and follow these steps to access your financial aid status on Gateway.



Requesting for student loans?

Call, email, or see us at One Stop if you would like your loans to be reoffered. If you want an increase on a loan, you must see a financial aid counselor in person at One Stop.

The last day to request for reoffers or increases on all loans (including PLUS) is Friday, December 7. Requests made after December 7 may disburse by our last Fall 2018 disbursement (December 19). Otherwise, it will disburse in Spring 2019. 

2019-2020 FAFSA and CA Dream Act Now Available!

Login to FAFSA with your FSA ID and password, or the CA Dream Act with your Dream Act ID and password. The 2019-2020 FAFSA requires information from the 2017 tax year. The priority submission deadline is March 2, 2019. 

Fall 2018 Frequently Asked Questions

View our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information regarding Financial Aid this semester.


Fall 2018 Dates and Deadlines



August 27

First day of school
*Anticipate a long wait time at One Stop for financial aid counseling during the first week of school.

August 27 - September 17

Adding classes with permission numbers / Dropping without a "W"
Students may continue to add courses with permission numbers. Students may also drop courses without a "W" (withdrawal). Financial Aid will be adjusted accordingly. 

September 24

1. Census date
Units will be evaluated for delayed disbursement financial aid types (Credential Pell, Ed Doc, TEACH Grant), to be disbursed shortly after this date. Students who add courses past this date will not be eligible for additional Pell grants.
2. Tuition Payment Deadline 
Students with an outstanding tuition balance past this date will be assessed a $20 late fee.

Mid to Late-October

Awarding and disbursing of the Middle Class Scholarship
Students who have an outstanding tuition balance but have an MCS award will have their $20 late fee waived.

December 7 

Last day to request for loans to be increased or reoffered

December 19 Last disbursement for Fall 2018

Other links and resources

How and when to apply. To receive financial aid, you must apply every year.

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.

Sneak Preview 2018 PresentationView our presentation from SF State's annual Sneak Preview event hosted on April 7, 2018.