First Year Admits
Welcome Class of 2026!
Congratulations on being accepted to the University of San Francisco! We’re excited to welcome you to the Hilltop. But first, we know you and your family need to look closely at what you can afford to pay, and what help is available to make attending USF possible. This is where our Offer of Financial Aid comes in.
We know that your financial aid award offer can't always cover all of a family's needs, but we do the best we can to help as many students as we can with the financial aid dollars we have available. The bigger picture to keep in mind is that what you invest in a USF degree pays you back in important ways, like boosting your earning power over your career.
How Aid Works
Your first step in applying for Federal, California State, or USF financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), California Dream Act, or College Board CSS Profile upon applying to the university. Please see the chart below to determine which aid application you should file. Completing your financial aid applications as early as possible is key to being informed of your options before the deposit deadline.
USF requires the CSS Profile for out-of-state undocumented students who wish to apply for institutional scholarships. California undocumented students should file the CA Dream Act Application.
The financial aid office downloads application data frequently throughout the school year. Once your application is received, we will use the information to match you with federal, state, and institutional financial aid opportunities.
Which Financial Aid Application Should I File
|Application||Who Should File|
|Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)||Domestic students who are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens and meets general eligibility requirements.|
|California Dream Act||Undocumented and DACA students who are California residents and do not meet FAFSA filing requirements. FAFSA vs CA Dream Act|
Determining Your Financial Need
To figure out how much financial aid you’re eligible to receive, we first determine your family's ability to contribute to your college costs. We thoroughly review information on your financial aid application as well as your tax documents and any other information you provided. We look at your family’s income, assets, total number of family members, and the number attending college.
We take into account necessary expenses, like reasonable living costs, taxes, and any unusual medical expenses. And we set aside a portion of your family’s assets to account for things like family emergencies and college savings for siblings. After we calculate what we think are reasonable contributions from you and your family, we deduct that “expected family contribution” from your cost of attendance; the difference equals your demonstrated financial need. USF can’t meet 100% of every family’s need, but we hope the aid we do offer makes it possible for you to enroll at USF.
Accepting Your Financial Aid Offer
Here’s what you need to do next:
- If you haven’t already, accept your admission by taking the required steps to enroll, including sending the required deposit to the Office of Admission through the myUSF student portal at myusf.usfca.edu.
- Use the myUSF portal to review and accept your financial aid offer online. Here is a helpful guide.
- Your financial aid offer is not final until you have completed the tax verification process. Submit signed copies of you and your parents’ 2019 federal income tax returns, including all schedules and copies of the W-2, to our Office of Financial Aid. Any differences between the income reported on the tax documents and the information provided on your aid application may result in your family’s contribution and aid eligibility being revised.
- Complete and submit all required loan documents such as Loan Entrance Counseling and Loan Agreement at studentaid.ed.gov for timely disbursement of federal loans accepted.
- Notify our Office of Financial Aid of any anticipated outside scholarships not already included in your aid offer. These would include any privately sponsored outside scholarships, tuition exchange benefits, or parent's employer sponsored tuition benefits.
- By accepting your financial aid offer, you affirm that you have read and agree to the terms and provisions of the offer as detailed in the FA brochure. USF may reduce, withdraw or require repayment of aid that exceeds my financial need. USF may revise your award offer at any time according to availability of funds, including government appropriations. You understand all Federal Title IV funds (except Federal Work Study) will be credited directly to my student account. In addition, you consent to the release of your grade report and extracurricular activities to donors of my scholarship and grant award(s). You certify that you will use all Federal Title IV money received only for expenses related to study at USF. You certify that you do not owe a refund on any grant or loan, am not in default on any loan, and have made satisfactory arrangements to repay and defaulted loan, and have not borrowed in excess of the loan limits, under Federal Title IV programs, at any institution.
Reconsideration of Aid
Some students and their families experience unique circumstances that affect their ability to pay their college costs. Families facing severe financial problems due to job loss, death of a parent, or business declines should contact the Office of Financial Aid for a review of their financial aid eligibility. You’ll need to provide documentation of your circumstances (for example, a letter of termination from an employer or tax statements showing reduced personal or business income). A request submitted without documentation will not be reviewed.
If your appeal is approved, our office will review your eligibility for Federal and State need-based aid. Some changes may not result in increased Federal or State aid eligibility. Typically an increase of institutional aid is not considered.
The first step is to contact us at (415) 422-3387 or firstname.lastname@example.org so we can assess your eligibility and help identify the required documentation before you start the appeal process. More detail on how we review appeals is listed below.
Need- Based Financial Aid
University tuition grant and other need based financial aid may be offered to students with demonstrated need and are first year admits. Transfer admitted students financial aid may vary.
Completing Financial Aid Requirements
In some instances, “expected aid” doesn’t become “actual aid” until specific documents are completed and submitted to USF or to other grant or lending agencies. These include:
- Verification: If you are selected by the U.S. Department of Education for verification, the procedures and documents involved must be completed before any federal funds become actual aid. Check the online forms portal for pending documents to complete.
- Citizenship Verification: If FAFSA is not able to verify your citizenship status you must provide proof of your eligible noncitizen status (for example, an alien registration card or other documents designated by the Office of Financial Aid) before they can receive federal funds. You may also provide proof of citizenship by submitting a legible copy of your passport, certificate of naturalization or citizenship, or US birth certificate.
- Work Study Awards: If you have a work award, your earnings will be paid to you directly by check or direct deposit. To receive the bi-weekly paychecks, you’ll submit your hours on time sheets signed by your supervisor.
- Outside scholarships: USF’s Office of Financial Aid coordinates all of your outside aid awards as part of your overall financial aid package. Before those awards can be released to us, scholarship sponsors will typically require you to verify your registration or GPA. It’s your responsibility to get that proof from USF’s registrar in a timely way. If you receive an outside scholarship check directly, you’ll need to forward it to our Office of Financial Aid. If we don’t receive the expected outside funds, your aid award will be reconfigured.
|APPLICATION DEADLINE||November 1|
|DECISION NOTIFICATION BEGINS||mid-December|
|REPLY/DEPOSIT DATE (EARLY DECISION)||Feb 1|
|REPLY/DEPOSIT DATE (EARLY ACTION)||May 1|
|APPLICATION DEADLINE||January 15|
|DECISION NOTIFICATION BEGINS||mid-March|
|REPLY/DEPOSIT DATE||May 1|
|APPLICATION DEADLINE||November 15|
|FAFSA||FAFSA Upon Application for Admission|
|* Institutional aid for those who apply after the priority deadline will be on a funds available basis.|
|FALL Transfer Students||REGULAR ACTION|
|APPLICATION PRIORITY DEADLINE||March 1|
|FAFSA APPLICATION DEADLINE (DOMESTIC)||March 1|
|DECISION NOTIFICATION BEGINS||April 1|
|REPLY/DEPOSIT DATE*||June 1|
|SPRING Transfer students||REGULAR ACTION|
|APPLICATION PRIORITY DEADLINE||November 15|