Division of Graduate Studies

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A message to TRiO/McNair Scholar applicants


Thank you for your interest in graduate study at San Francisco State University. SF State is excited to work with McNair Scholars who are interested in the over 100 graduate degree, credential, and certificate programs that our campus has to offer. The Office of Graduate Admissions is pleased to be able to waive the $55 graduate application fee for McNair Scholars as well as provide individual advising regarding the application process for each applicant. If you are considering applying to SF State and have any questions, please contact us directly via email (gradmail@sfsu.edu) with “McNair Scholar” in the subject heading. Feel free to include any questions you may have and we will contact you with additional information.


Process for waiving the graduate application fee


In order to apply to graduate study and have your $55 application fee waived, first see this website regarding the SF State graduate application process: http://www.sfsu.edu/~gradstdy/admission-guideline.htm. Then follow these steps:


  1. After you have filled out your CSUMentor graduate application and are ready to submit it, you will be asked to select a method of payment. Select the option to pay by check.
  2. Submit your CSUMentor application.
  3. Instead of sending in a check, contact the McNair Program Coordinator at your university and have them send our office a letter verifying your participation in the McNair Program. The letter may be sent by mail, fax, or email:


                    Mail: Graduate Admissions - SF State University
                             Attn: TRiO/McNair Scholar Applicant
                             1600 Holloway Ave, ADM 250
                             San Francisco, CA 94132

                    Fax: 415-405-0340

                    Email: gradmail@sfsu.edu


  4. Once the letter is received, your graduate application fee will be waived. Continue to check your application status regularly at http://www.sfsu.edu/admit.



The Office of Graduate Admissions
Division of Graduate Studies
San Francisco State University

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