Office of Student Financial Aid

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FAQs pertaining to financial aid for Fall 2016

When will I receive my financial aid so that I can register for my classes for Fall 2016?

If you have filed the 2016-2017 FAFSA and submitted all the required documents to determine your financial aid eligibility, your tuition fee payment will be postponed with a fee deferment. You may register for classes without paying tuition fees up front. If you are later found to be ineligible for financial aid or your financial aid does not fully cover the balance due the University, you will have a due now amount on the SF State Gateway by the University.

Check your financial aid status at
2. Enter your SF State ID, then your SF State password
3. Select Financial / Jobs then Select Student Center
4. View your financial award status
to determine if you have outstanding documents required to complete your financial aid file.

If my financial aid has not paid my Fall 2016 tuition fees by the July 8th deadline, will I be dropped from my classes?

You may be dropped from the classes you enrolled in during Early Priority Registration and prevented from registering for the Final Priority Registration if you do not have a fee deferment from financial aid or you have not paid your tuition fees by July 8th.

how to obtain a financial aid fee deferment. Check your fee deferment status on your SF State Gateway at

When is financial aid disbursed?

Certain conditions must be met in order to allow funds to disburse. If you've met the conditions specified below, your financial aid will be applied to your tuition fee obligation on the third week of August. If applicable, you will also receive a balance check by mail or through direct deposit one week before school begins. To qualify for a disbursement, you must:

  • View and Accept your Financial Aid Award Offer at
  • Complete all Loans requirement holds (Master Promissory Notes, Loan Entrance Counseling).
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress requirements for financial aid.
  • Resolve all other financial aid holds.
  • Enroll in at least the minimum units required for the types of financial aid you have been awarded. Being on a waiting list for a class does not constitute enrollment.

How is financial aid disbursed?

For students who register through Gator Registration and meet all disbursement requirements, their financial aid disbursement will occur one week prior to the first day of classes. Otherwise, remaining financial aid checks are disbursed once weekly throughout the semester, approximately 5 to 10 days after all requirements are met.

At the time of disbursement, the Bursar's Office will deduct any obligations owed to the University for tuition fees, housing, short-term loans, or other charges before any balance is sent to the student. Balance funds can be electronically deposited into your personal bank account; otherwise the Accounting office will mail a balance check to you at your address on file with the Registrar's Office. Direct deposit is a safer way to receive your balance funds. Sign up at

Will financial aid cover the initial payment and the September 1 installment on my Housing License Agreement?

Financial Aid will apply your aid money to the September 1, October 1, November 1, and December 1 installment payments for Fall semester and the January 1, February 1, March 1, and April 1 installment payments for Spring semester. Depending on how much aid you are receiving, University policy requires that your aid be applied first to any tuition fees that are due, second to housing and finally to any other outstanding payments due to the University. In almost every case, all available aid (including loans) will be applied to what you owe the University for Tuition and housing. You will be responsible for making the first installment payment and any other remaining monthly installments not covered by your financial aid award.

If I know I am getting financial aid, may I mail the Housing License Agreement without the first installment payment and let the Housing Office figure it out?

Sorry, Housing License Agreements received without payments will be returned. For rates, please visit and click on Cost & Calendar, or consult Part 2 of your license agreement.

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