Financial Aid & Scholarships

As a student at SF State, you’re making an investment in your future. Research shows that those with college degrees earn more throughout their lifetimes than those without. With good planning, an education at SF State can be accessible and affordable.

How to apply for financial aid

File a 2021–22 free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov. In the “Colleges to Receive Information” section of the application, select "San Francisco State University," school code: 001154. If you’re an undocumented student, file instead a California Dream Act Application for state and school financial aid.

If you’re a California resident or eligible for in-state tuition under AB540, make sure your GPA has been submitted for a Cal Grant (in addition to the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application). Download the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form or the Non-SSN GPA Verification Form (undocumented students) for Cal Grants and submit it to the California Student Aid Commission.

What happens next?

Here's what you should do to keep the financial aid process on track:

  • Frequently check your email for document requests and award notices.

  • Respond immediately to all requests for follow-up documents and actions, including those from both the SF State financial aid and admissions offices.

  • Make sure you accept your financial aid offer on your Student Center portal at gateway.sfsu.edu or through the SF State mobile app.

  • Apply again next year! You’ll need to apply for financial aid every year you’re enrolled at SF State to continue receiving aid. (Even if you didn’t receive financial aid one year, you may be eligible to receive financial aid the next year.)

Scholarships 101

Begin your scholarship search with the SF State scholarship website at financialaid.sfsu.edu/scholarships for more than 700 campus and external scholarship opportunities, essay-writing tips and helpful links. You must apply for each scholarship separately based on eligibility requirements.

Contact us:

For more information or assistance applying for scholarships or financial aid, contact:

Financial Aid Office
Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(415) 338-7000
finaid@sfsu.edu