Tuition + Aid

The cost for California-resident undergraduates to attend San Francisco State University includes direct educational costs (tuition fees, books, supplies) and living costs (meals, housing, transportation, and personal expenses).

Undergraduate Full-Time Attendance For Two Semesters

Fall 2019 & Spring 2020

Expense Off/On Campus Living with Parents
Tuition fee (7 units or greater) $7,254 $7,254
Books & supplies $2,002 $2,002
Food & housing $15,151 $5,418
Personal expenses $1,480 $1,480
Transportation $1,587 $1,588
TOTAL $27,474 $17,742

Learn about Graduate Studies Fees at the Graduate Studies website.

If you are a high school student under age 19 and you and/or your parents currently live in California, or your family has recently moved to California and plans to stay here, you may be considered a resident for tuition purposes. Your parents must have citizenship, legal immigration or visa status in the U.S. and demonstrate they intend to make California their permanent home to be considered a California resident.

If you are a transfer student who has been a California resident for at least one year prior to September 20 for Fall semester or January 25 for Spring semester, you may be considered a resident for tuition purposes. You must have citizenship, legal immigration or visa status in the U.S. and demonstrate you intend to make California your permanent home to be considered a California resident.

If you are an undocumented student and meet the following requirements, you can be considered a California resident for tuition purposes — according to California Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) which became law in 2001. Please go to the Dream Resource Center website for more information.

If you are a nonresident of California, an out-of-state or international student, you pay additional tuition fees of $396 per unit or fractional unit.

For more information about tuition and fees, visit bursar.sfsu.edu/students_services.

Money shouldn’t come between you and a great education. At San Francisco State University, there are many resources to assist you. Sixty-six percent of our students receive financial aid. San Francisco State offers several forms of public and private financial aid including grants, work-study awards and loans. Students may be eligible for need-based grants made possible by generous donations from alumni and friends of the University.

For more information, visit sfsu.edu/~finaid and studentaid.ed.gov.

San Francisco State students have more than 700 campus and external scholarship opportunities. We encourage you to apply for as many scholarships as possible. Each scholarship has its own criteria, annual amount, and application deadline.

Learn more about scholarships at sfsu.academicworks.com.

Scholarships for San Francisco Unified School District Seniors admitted to San Francisco State.

Important Dates

Action Date
Final transcript deadline January 17, 2020
First Day of Instruction January 27, 2020
FAFSA Deadline March 2, 2020
Housing Priority Application Deadline March 31, 2020
Fall 2020 Final Application Deadline May 1, 2020
Housing Application Deadline May 15, 2020
Final transcript deadline July 17, 2020