State Grants

For all State-based aid, students MUST file a new financial aid application by the March 2nd priority deadline EVERY year to be evaluated for eligibility.

Financial aid applications (FAFSA or CADAA) submitted after the March 2nd priority deadline are NOT guaranteed any State-based aid. Furthermore, additional documentation documents may need to be submitted in addition to the financial aid applications, depending on what a student is applying for.

Gift aid for Undergraduate, Credential, and classified Graduate California residents or AB 540/SB 68 eligible students. This Grant pays for tuition and registration fee costs (local fees not included).

Amounts offered on students' financial aid awards are assumed to be enrolled full-time. Students who are enrolled part-time will only receive a part-time SUG. Below are the enrollment requirements:

Undergraduate or Credential Students
Disbursement Percentage Amount of Units (Per semester) SUG Amount (Per semester)
Full award (100%) 7 units or more $2,871
Part time (50%) 6 units $1,665
Less than half time (0%) 1 to 5 units $0
Graduate Students
Disbursement Percentage Amount of Units (Per semester) SUG Amount (Per Semester)
Full award (100%) 7 units or more  $3,588
Part time (50%) 4 to 6 units $2,082
Less than half time (0%) 1 to 3 units $0

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students already receiving either a third party fee waiver or Cal Grant are INELIGIBLE to receive the SUG for the same term.

Gift aid for Undergraduate California residents or AB 540/SB 68 eligible students. This award assists low and middle income students with tuition and registration fee costs. The Cal Grant is awarded by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) based on financial need and grade point average.

Amounts offered on students' financial aid awards are assumed to be enrolled full-time. Students who are enrolled in less than 12 units will receive a prorated (adjusted) amount. Below are the enrollment requirements:

Cal Grant A Breakdown
Disbursement Percentage Amount of Units (Per semester) Grant Amount (Per semester)
Full award (100%) 12 units or more $2,871
Three quarter time (75%) 9 to 11 units $2,153
Half time (50%) 6 to 8 units $1,435
Less than half time (0%) 1 to 5 units $0

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students with who are already receiving either a third party waiver or SUG are INELIGIBLE to receive the Cal Grant A at the same time.

Gift aid for Undergraduate California residents or AB 540/SB 68 eligible students. This award assists disadvantaged and low-income families with tuition and registration fee costs. The Cal Grant is awarded by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) based on financial need and grade point average.

Amounts offered on students' financial aid awards are assumed to be enrolled full-time. Students who are enrolled in less than 12 units will receive a prorated (adjusted) amount. Below are the enrollment requirements:

Cal Grant B Fee
Disbursement Percentage Amount of Units (Per semester) Grant Amount (Per semester)
Full award (100%) 12 units or more $2,871
Three quarter time (75%) 9 to 11 units $2,153
Half time (50%) 6 to 8 units $1,435
Less than half time (0%) 1 to 5 units $0
Cal Grant B Access
Disbursement Percentage Amount of Units (Per semester) Grant Amount (Per semester)
Full award (100%) 12 units or more $824
Three quarter time (75%) 9 to 11 units $618
Half time (50%) 6 to 8 units $412
Less than half time (0%) 1 to 5 units $0

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students with who are already receiving either a third party waiver or SUG are INELIGIBLE to receive the Cal Grant B Fee at the same time. However, they may receive the Cal Grant B Access portion if awarded the Grant.

A Scholarship awarded by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to Undergraduate students with a family annual income of up to $201,000.

Eligibility requirements: 

  • Students must be enrolled at a California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC)

  • Must be a California resident or AB 540/SB 68 eligible student

  • Students must file a financial aid application (FAFSA or CADAA) by the March 2nd priority deadline

How the MCS amount determined:

MCS 2.0 looks at three components, the "available resources" when determining the award amounts. These components make up the MCS formula:

  1. Student’s Cost of Attendance (COA)
  2. Other available gift aid (Ex. Federal, State, Institutional or Scholarship aid)
  3. Student self-help contribution of $7,898 (Applied to all students) and a Parent contribution for dependent students with a household income of over $100,000, if applicable.

MCS 2.0 is subject to adjustments during the award year ; any changes to the above MCS formula may result in an MCS award amount adjustment. Any additional financial aid offers received may result in reductions or loss of MCS eligibility - Including but not limited to Scholarships, Federal/State Grants, Stipends, Fee Waivers, etc.

MCS Disbursement Breakdown
Disbursement Percentage Amount of Units (Per semester)
Full award (100%) 12 units or more
Three quarter time (75%) 9 to 11 units
Half time (50%) 6 to 8 units
No disbursement (0%) 1 to 5 units

For complete information regarding the MCS program and eligibility requirements, please click on the link provided down below.

Gift aid for Undergraduate students admitted to SF State through the EOP program, up to $1,000 per academic year.

The enrollment requirement to receive this grant is full-time status - 12 units or more per semester.

Maximum Duration of Eligibility:

An EOP student is eligible for Grants up to satisfactory completion of a maximum of 150 semesters/225 quarter units, or six academic years of full-time enrollment as an Undergraduate student, or until receipt of a Baccalaureate degree - Whichever occurs first.

An EOP Grant renewal for the sixth year of study must be based on special circumstances (Ex. Illness, military service, family hardship, or where additional units are required for the major). All sixth-year renewals must be recommended by the EOP Director and approved by the Financial Aid Director.

The California CHAFEE Grant is free funding for current or former California foster youth. A Chafee Grant is a Federal and State-funded grant subject to yearly availability of funds.

To qualify, a student must:

  • Be a current or former foster youth

  • Not have reached your 26th birthday as of July 1 of the award year

To qualify, foster youth dependency of the court must have been established between the ages of 16 and 18. KinGap youth who are or were eligible to receive Independent Living Program services, guardian placements, and voluntary placements might not be eligible for the California Chafee Grant unless court dependency was established between the ages of 16 and 18.

Application Requirements:

Students of all ages with experience in foster care are eligible for support through the Guardian Scholars Program. For more information regarding this program, please click on the link provided down below.