Office of Financial Aid

Financial Aid Operations and COVID-19 Information

The City and County of San Francisco has issued a  public health order requiring residents to stay home except for essential needs.

The Office of Financial Aid will not be available in-person. During this time, we will be available to answer any financial aid inquiries by email at or by phone. You may also schedule a Zoom web conferencing or phone appointment online. Once appointment is scheduled, an email will be sent to you with the Zoom meeting link within 12 hours prior to the meeting. Our office will continue daily financial aid processing. We appreciate your patience during this time given the unprecedented nature of the situation. Please check back on our website for any updated information for the Office of Financial Aid. 

For University's latest information and resources on COVID-19, please visit the resources page

How To Pay for Your USF Education Webinar

The recording of our "How To Pay for Your USF Education" webinar is now available!

How to pay for your USF education webinar

"How to Pay for Your USF Education" Video Transcript

Which Financial Aid Application Should I File

Application Who Should File
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Domestic students who are U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen and meets general eligibility requirements
California Dream Act  Undocumented and DACA students who are California residents and do not meet FAFSA filing requirments. FAFSA vs CA Dream Act
CollegeBoard CSS Profile International and undocumented out of state students who do not meet the FAFSA and CA Dream Act filing requirements. 

Disbursement Information (2020-2021)

Undergraduate and Graduate Students (excluding Law)

Semester Disbursement Date
Fall 2020 August 10, 2020
Spring 2021 January 15, 2021
Summer 2021 (Session 1, 2, and 4) May 14, 2021
Summer 2021 (Session 5) June 4, 2021
Summer 2021 (Session 3 and 6) June 28, 2021
Summer 2021 (Session 7) July 16, 2021

For more information about refunds.

For more information about disbursements.

Video Tutorials

Need help finding your financial aid self-service, accepting your award offer, or submitting an online form? Use the financial aid videos page for help! Click to view more tutorials.

"Accept Award" video transcript »

Navigating the Student Self-Service Financial Aid Portal