Information for International Students

Applying for Scholarships

The Office of Student Financial Aid recognizes the limited number of scholarships that are specifically for international students attending San Francisco State University.

We recommend that you apply for scholarships that do not specifically state that you must be a United States citizen or permanent resident. From the scholarship search, you may find scholarships for international students for campus and external scholarships, where "Citizenship" indicates "Any".

We further recommend that you contact your college, school, and department of your field or major through their Web site at for possible scholarship information.

For additional information and other possible scholarship opportunities for international students, please visit the Office of International Program's Web site at or email them at You may also search for scholarships for international students at and at

After Winning a Scholarship

International students who have won a campus scholarship or external scholarship where the check is sent to SF State must meet with the Tax Specialist in the Internal Audit Office located in the Administration Building, ADM 358, to determine whether taxes are to be withheld from the scholarship payment & the income reported to the Internal Revenue Service. The scholarship disbursement will be on hold until you meet with the tax specialist. Go to to make an appointment. If you have questions, contact Young Kim, Tax Specialist, at (415) 338-2325. This process will take up to 3 weeks.


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