San Francisco Promise

San Francisco State University continues its commitment to creating educational opportunities for families in the City and County of San Francisco, particularly for historically under-resourced communities. 

SF Promise Scope

SF State recognizes that the University must maintain a strong partnership and relationship with district leaders and local schools and provide a variety of touch points for students and families to engage to foster success.  

The re-engineering of the SF Promise program is part of SF State’s commitment to the City and County’s educational goals to provide access to higher education and success in degree attainment.

The Robert and Joyce Corrigan SF Promise Endowed Scholarship makes higher education an attainable goal for every eligible student in the San Francisco Unified School District.

San Francisco Promise is a partnership among San Francisco State University, San Francisco Unified School District, and the Mayor’s Office of the City of San Francisco.

The partners work together to:

  • Increase the percentage of San Francisco Unified  (SFUSD) students who are prepared for and attend college directly from high school;
  • Increase the percentage of SFUSD students who enroll at City College of San Francisco and successfully transfer to SF State or another four-year college or university;
  • Increase the percentage of SFUSD students who complete the A-though-G curriculum and are prepared to attend San Francisco State University directly from high school;
  • Increase the percentage of SFUSD students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree and/or advanced degrees.
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SF State makes every effort to support and sustain quality outreach services to the SF Promise community.  

With more dedicated staffing and a comprehensive recruitment plan, SF State has recruited and supported more students alongside critical admission milestones and processed documents in a timelier manner.  

And despite declining enrollments in higher education across the nation, the percentage of San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) students who enroll at SF State continues to increase. Much of this can be attributed to the intensified yield and melt prevention efforts employed since the pandemic, including the distribution of scholarship money.  

Due to this, SF State has been able to successfully achieve the following results:  

  • Welcome roughly 700 prospective students from the San Francisco Unified School District each year through personalized group tours. 
  • In the last 3-years, we have seen the following increases in SFUSD students:  
  • 14.3% application increase  
  • 22.3% admit increase 
  • 13% enrollment increase 

The following offices collaborate annually to ensure visibility, consistency and intentionality.  

If you are interested in our early outreach services or have an event that you’d like an SF State representative to attend, please contact us by email at:  

Additionally, SF State has many opportunities for students, families and counselors to engage with us.  

We recognize the challenges that students, their loved ones, and schools are faced with and even more so post-pandemic as it relates to higher education. Below is a list of some resources and opportunities to learn more about admission, campus life and financial aid at SF State: 



Scholarships and Financial Aid are available through the following resources. Be sure to pay attention to deadlines and application due dates. If you need help, please contact us by email at  

SF State commits scholarship funds designated for San Francisco city and county residents each year.  

We remain committed to helping you and your family navigate the financial aid application process and developing plans to pay for college. Our Office of Student Financial Aid is available to assist you. Visit our Financial Aid website.

You can start saving money now. Below are some resources that you can start reviewing with your family to help you prepare for college. 

There are tons of resources out there for you to get the money you need for college. All you need to do is apply for it. Make sure to get the FASFA in by the Priority Deadline: March 2nd. Also, be sure to check with your schools Career and College Center for help with scholarships and applying for financial aid. Apply for anything you think you might be eligible for. Finally, SF State’s Office of Student Financial Aid is a great resource for you and your family. Reach out to all the surrounding resources when you need it! 



The Robert and Joyce Corrigan SF Promise Endowed Scholarship partnership was created in July 2008 with funding from San Francisco Mayor’s Office, Department of Children, Youth and Families. The Mayor’s Office committed funding for the first four years, of $250,000 per year.

Funds supported a mentorship program in five middle schools within the San Francisco Unified School District. College students enrolled at SF State served as mentors who provided middle school students to instill a college-going perspective. The mentor program has since been phased out because of difficulty sustaining the staffing needed to coordinate mentors and placements.

Since the program began, the number of freshmen enrolled at SF State from SFUSD high schools has grown by 52 percent.

SF Promise builds college opportunity for youth by:

  • Providing guidance on how to prepare for college admission.
  • Assisting students in securing the maximum financial aid for which they are eligible to pay the cost of tuition and other educational expenses.
  • Sponsoring a college fair in cooperation with SFUSD where all seniors can meet with college representatives from many institutions.
  • Sponsoring a Spring “Frisco Day,” where graduating seniors are bussed to locations for early orientation experiences based on where they plan to attend college (CCSF, UCs, CSUs or private institutions). 
  • Offering SF Promise scholarships to graduates from SFSUD who attend SF State. Scholarships will cover four years as long as the student maintains a GPA of 2.5 or higher.