Office of Student Financial Aid

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If you withdraw before the 60% point of the Fall 2015 semester (October 29, 2015), you may be liable for repaying all or some of the financial aid you have received.
For more information visit our refund policy at

2015 - 2016 Award Status

Middle Class Scholarship

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Congratulations! You have been awarded a Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). This notice is to inform you of important eligibility and disbursement information in regards to your award. Due to the way CSAC determines award eligibility, your MCS funds will not disburse until after SFSU's Census date of September 21st, 2015.

  • If you enroll in less than 12 units or drop to less than 12 units before the Census date, your MCS award may be prorated based on tuition fees charged and other aid received. To prevent incorrect awarding and possible repayment, your final MCS amount will be determined and disbursed in the weeks following the Census date.
  • If a different type of financial aid (e.g. loans) has already paid your tuition prior to the disbursement of your MCS, the Bursar's Office will automatically process a refund. You should receive your refund within 1 to 2 weeks.
  • If you paid for your tuition out of pocket, then you must request for a refund and submit it to the Bursar's Office located on the first floor of the Administration Building or at One Stop on the first floor of the Student Services Building. You should receive your refund within 4 weeks.

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.

Priority Deadline

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File a 2015-2016 FAFSA.or CA DREAM 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, 2015. Although the priority deadline has passed, students are encouraged to file their 2015-2016 FAFSA as soon as possible. Federal funding is still available

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  • Financial Aid Direct Deposit

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    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.

    NEW! Student System

    To access your financial aid status on the Student Center at

    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

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