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.
How We are Serving You During the COVID-19 Environment
Special Circumstances Petition Now Available
For Undergraduate students, if you or your family have reduced income due to the Covid-19 emergency or any other reason we are now able to process petitions to reconsider your aid eligibility. We will be considering projected income from July 1st 2020 to June 30th 2021.
Please be sure to collect as much documentation of your projected income as possible. This could include paystubs showing your current income level, unemployment statements, letters of separation from former employers, etc. No two situations are the same so please provide us with as much as you have available. Approvals of these petitions are not guaranteed. For auditing purposes, we must be able to faithfully document the change in income.
During the Fall semester you may be required to submit additional documentation to confirm the level of projected income is accurate.
If you have a 0 EFC (as indicated by a Pell Award of $6,345) we will not be able to process your petition as you are already receiving the maximum amount of financial aid available.
For Graduate students, unfortunately due to the design of State and Federal financial aid a change in income will not impact the aid that we can offer. As such, we cannot accept any petitions.
You May Now Submit Documents Online!
We are excited to announce that documents may now be submitted through a secure online portal! Please note paperwork must still be printed and physically signed before scanning. For more information and to start the process click HERE.
ALL FINANCIAL AID DOCUMENT DEADLINES ARE WAIVED
Our office will stay open at this time to continue processing financial aid and help assist with questions via email. Due dates in your To Do list are waived, we will process paperwork whenever it is recevied for the Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters.
All email inquires will be replied to within 2 business days.For urgent questions you can call our office line Monday through Friday 10AM to 3PM. Our number is (415) 338-7000.
We are now accepting documents for the Fall 2020 semester. We will start to offer financial aid by April 1st for students that have completed all of the necessary steps. Please sign into your Student Center and view the "To Do" list to see if there are any documents you must submit.
We have begun processing Summer financial aid for students who have enrolled in Summer classes. For more information visit our Summer webpage by clicking here.
2020-2021 FAFSA Applications
The 2020–2021 FAFSA will be available on October 1, 2019. You should fill it out as soon as possible on or after October 1, 2019, at the official government site here: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
2019-2020 Financial Aid Offers Posted
Students may now log in to their Student Center and view their 2019-2020 awards. If you do not see an award letter, please check your To Do List items for any pending documents we may need from you to finalize your application.
The final disbursement for the Fall 2019 semester will be December 11, 2019.
Selected for verification?
If you have To Do List items requring you to submit verification documents, submit them in person or by mail as soon as possible. Currently, our office takes about 3-4 weeks to complete verification upon receiving all of the documents that are required. Please see our verification page for more information.
2019-2020 FAFSA - Rolling applications
Although the state priority submission deadline is March 2, 2019, students may submit FAFSA applications past the priority deadline to be evaluated for Federal-based aid only. Login to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with your FSA ID and password. The 2019-2020 FAFSA requires information from the 2017 tax year.
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.
The Basic Needs Initiatives 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.
Sneak Preview 2019 Presentation. View our presentation from SF State's annual Sneak Preview event hosted on April 6, 2019.
The 5 Most Helpful Federal Student Aid Blog Posts by the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education
Fall 2020 Dates and Deadlines
FAFSA form will be available here: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Apply ASAP!