Office of Student Financial Aid

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Priority Deadline

FAFSA on the WEB

File a New 2016-2017 FAFSA or CA DREAM Now
Students must apply by submitting a FAFSA every year to obtain or to continue receiving financial aid. The FAFSA priority deadline for consideration is March 2, 2016.

Easy steps to do the IRS Data Retrieval

How to access your Financial Aid Status
What Happens Next After you Submit the FAFSA
What to Expect from us

Students are encouraged to file their 2015-2016 FAFSA as soon as possible. Federal funding is still available

Satisfactory Academic Policy Change

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Effective immediately, the Pace (pass rate) standard used to measure Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid eligibility will be modified for all undergraduate students. As of January 2016, all students, regardless of class level, must maintain a 67% pass rate to continue receiving financial aid funds. Students falling below the 67% pass rate will be required to file an appeal. Reasoning for change: By holding students of all class levels to the 67% pass rate standard, our policy is more closely in line with Federal Guidelines and other CSU campuses and avoids technical issues with the pace calculation itself.

More information ...

Special Note About Spring 2016 Withdraw

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If you withdraw before the 60% point of the Spring 2016 semester (April 09, 2016), you may be liable for repaying all or some of the financial aid you have received.
Read more... visit our refund policy at

Spring 2016 Award Status

Report Other Resources

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Other Resources All students receiving financial aid are required to report other resources: scholarships, fellowships, stipends, Americorps, fee subsidies/waiver or other sources paying tuition. Report these other resources before your financial aid disburses. If these resources cause an overaward of federal or state financial aid, you may be required to repay funds to the government. You may report your other resources at your Student Center either on the Main Student Center page or on your Financial Aid award page or on your Award Package accept/decline page.

Financial Aid Direct Deposit


Direct Deposit : It is the policy of SF State University to use electronic funds transfer (EFT) for the timely disbursement of all financial aid and scholarship refunds. Electronic file transfer, better known as direct deposit, is consistent with the CSU policy of adapting a safe, efficient, and cost-effective method of transmitting financial aid and/or scholarship balance payments directly to students.

SF State Gateway- Student Center

Access your financial aid status on the Student Center

Enter your "SF State ID and password".
Under Student heading select "Financial/Jobs"
then Select "Student Center"

You will see the "To Do List" on the right hand side.
Click on "More" to get more information on the items on your To Do List.
The "Due Date" is the date your checklist was assigned. This is not the date in which you are required to submit your documents by.

To continue processing your application, we must receive the required documentation. Once we receive all the requested documents, your file will be complete. At that point our office will evaluate your application and will notify you of your financial aid award offer via email. We will email you if additional items are added to your "To Do Lists".

The Student Center will provide you the opportunity to review important information regarding your current Application and Financial Aid information. You will currently be able to view your Personal Information, Admissions, Holds, To Do List, and Important Links.

Application Process:

Financial Aid Award Offer Guide

Receiving Financial Aid Funds

Maintaining Eligibility

Helpful Loan Repayment Links

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