Office of Student Financial Aid

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The Office of Financial Aid will communicate with you through "Student Center" on Gateway and email. Be sure to check both, regularly.

How to Access your Financial Aid Status On Gateway

to see your latest financial aid information at SF State, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Watch a short video to learn more about How to Use Gateway.

2016-2017 Financial Aid Award Status

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Our office began creating Financial Aid award offers for Fall 2016/Spring 2017 starting April 20, 2016. Award packaging continues throughout the Spring and Summer in preparation for the Fall 2016 term. Please review your student email or online student portal to review your award status. If you have not received an email notifying you of your financial aid status by May 1st, please contact our office. (Examples of award status emails sent by the Office of Student Financial Aid include: To Do List email prompting you to provide additional documentation OR award offer email prompting you to review you financial aid package on your portal.)

Summer 2016 Financial Aid and Disbursement Dates

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For the Summer 2016 term, there is NO separate summer financial aid application. If we have your 2015-2016 FAFSA or CA Dream Application, AND you are eligible to receive Financial Aid, you will automatically be considered for summer financial aid.
Summer awards are dependent upon your summer enrollment and your remaining annual limit eligibility. Summer awards are made AFTER you register for Summer classes. Disbursement dates and more....

2016-2017 Fee Deferment

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Financial Aid Fee Deferments will be posted by mid-May 2016. If you have a Financial Aid Deferment, you will see a message in the "Holds & Alerts" section in your Student Center. Financial Aid recipients can be eligible for a Financial Aid Fee Deferment which delays the payment deadline until financial aid funds have disbursed. You are eligible for a fee deferment if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You have anticipated aid showing on your student portal. Anticipated aid could be a grant or an accepted loan.
  • You are an active applicant selected for additional verification and you have submitted at least one of the required check list items from your To Do list on your student portal.
  • You are a recipient or an active applicant and have a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) hold and have submitted a SAP appeal.

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. Read more...

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