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.
An email with the subject line, "Alert - Pandemic Grant for staffs and student is now open" and an email with information on a "Pell Pandemic Grant" are phishing attempts and were not sent from any SFSU office. Delete the email if you have received it and do not click any links from suspicious emails.
If you have clicked on the links from these emails or believe you may have been a victim of any other phishing attempt you can alert ITS by reporting the email to email@example.com
For more information on phishing emails you can visit ITS's Security Advisory Page by clicking here.
The Federal Government has provided funds for emergency grants for students experiencing financial hardships directly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for more information.
Complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application Now
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.
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.
See our frequently asked questions for more information on reviewing your financial aid award package.
San Francisco State Basic Needs - Basic needs are the conditions and resources necessary to survive and thrive. These conditions support students' ability to be active, engaged learners who reach their full potential at San Francisco State University. The Basic Needs Initiatives work to address food and housing insecurity on campus through institutional, policy and programmatic development. Basic Needs is housed within Health Promotion & Wellness in Student Affairs & Enrollment Management.
9 Myths about the FAFSA Form and Applying for Financial Aid. An 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.
The 5 Most Helpful Federal Student Aid Blog Posts by the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education