Next Steps: Master's, Credential, and Doctoral Students

Welcome to the School of Education at USF. The steps below will provide you with the information you need to successfully enroll at USF.

Step 1: Reserve your spot

*Please note you will not be able to register for classes until you have paid your admission deposit. We do not accept personal checks or e-checks.

Students paying with a U.S. domestic account, you can pay your admission deposit using the following steps:

  1. Go back to your Status Page.
  2. Click on the Payment Due Link to access the payment system.
  3. Continue through to the checkout process.
  4. Submit your credit card payment to complete your admission deposit.

International Students: If you are paying with an international account, you will need to use to pay your deposit. Click here for instructions on how to make a payment through or copy and paste the following link in your browser: Please note that you will need to enter your USF ID number and the deposit amount of $250.00 (USD) to secure your space in the program.

Step 2: Register for Classes and Payment Information

All new School of Education students admitted for summer 2019 or fall 2019 will register online using myUSF. You will receive registration instructions from your department with details about which classes to register for. Contact with questions. 

You will receive registration instructions from your department prior to the registration window. 

  1. It is important to know the last day to drop classes in case you have to withdraw from the program unexpectedly. To find out the last day to drop a class for a full refund, refer to the Academic Calendar.
  2. If students register successfully, an online billing statement will become available in myUSF. To avoid cancellation of your registration, please make the appropriate payment or enroll in the USF Semester Payment Plan.
  3. To pay tuition, log into myUSF. Click on the “View & Pay” link in the menu on the left. This is where you can view your bill, make payment, and more. Remember, you will not receive a paper bill, so you must log into "View & Pay" at myUSF to view your account.
  4. Choose your method of payment: You may pay your tuition using online e-check, personal checks, bank wires, or by signing up for the payment plan. Visit the myUSF Student Enrollment Services website for more information on payment methods.
  5. Set up an authorized payer: Authorized payers are spouses, employers, etc., who view bills and make payment online on the student’s behalf. To set up an authorized payer, go to "Authorized Payer."Authorized payers can go to the myUSF Student Enrollment Services website for more information.
  6. You or your authorized payer(s) may enroll in the semester payment plan for spring 2019. There is a $50 nonrefundable enrollment fee each semester, and the installment payment will be drawn from the designated bank account on the 1st of each month. For more information and enrollment instructions, please visit USF Payment Plan.
  7. Financial Aid Applicants: Financial aid awarded to you will be applied to your USF student account only after you have submitted all outstanding documents, signed all applicable promissory notes, and completed loan entrance counseling. You may view these requirements in the Financial Aid Status section by logging onto myUSF and going to the “Financial Aid” tab in Student Services.

    If you expect to have a credit balance refunded, we recommend direct deposit of the credit balance as the most efficient and quickest method for receiving your refund. To arrange direct deposit to your checking or savings account, complete the Online Refund Authorization at

  8. International students without a U.S. bank account are strongly encouraged to use flywire to wire funds quickly and securely from any country. By using flywire, you can track payments from start to finish and support is available via live chat, email, phone, or Skype. For complete information and to send a wire transfer, go to

Step 3: New Student Orientation

All new School of Education students must participate in a mandatory orientation meeting prior to their first semester. New Students will receive an overview of the School's procedures and academic policies from the deans and then breakout into program-specific advising sessions.

Orientation for programs beginning fall 2019 on USF's Hilltop campus will take place on August 15, 2019Please click here to view the schedule.

Students beginning programs at one of USF's additional locations will receive a notice from their program with details about orientation.

Some programs will host program-specific orientations in addition to the general School of Education orientation. Please note that attendance at both orientations is mandatory.

International students must also attend a mandatory international students orientation. Information about the international students orientation can be found on myUSF's international student orientation page, as well as on the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) webpage.

  • Your Space Deposit will need to be paid prior to the registration. New student orientation is mandatory.
  • Please contact us immediately if your plans to enroll have changed.

School of Education, Admission & Outreach, ED 014
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-5467
Email:, Web:

Step 4: Set up email forwarding

  • Faculty and staff will use a student’s USF email address for all email communications. If you do not check your USF email account regularly, you will miss important emails.
  • A student can set all emails to be forwarded to a different email address. Review instructions for setting up email forwarding. Students are responsible for the information sent to their USF email account, so please either check your USF email account regularly, or set up email forwarding.

Step 5: Financial Aid for U.S. Students

After receipt of your FAFSA application, the Financial Aid Office will determine your aid eligibility and send you a financial aid notice. Upon receiving your notice, you must log in to accept or decline the aid offered to you.

  • Go to the Financial Aid section of myUSF:
    Log into myUSF, click on the Student button in the Student Self Service box. Once in Student Self Service, click on the Student tab, and then click on the Financial Aid menu.
  • Check the status of your aid:
    Click on the Financial Aid Status link. If you have any outstanding requirements, you must complete them before your aid can be confirmed.
  • Accept or decline your aid:
    Click on the Award link, then follow the link to accept or decline your award offers. You will not receive your aid unless you go online to accept it.

Deadline: You must accept your aid within 30 days of receipt of your award letter.

Student Financial Services Office, Lone Mountain, Room 203
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-3387, Fax: (415) 422-6084
Email:, Web:

Step 6: Housing Options

For graduate students who move to San Francisco, you will need to make your own housing arrangements. Graduate students have two housing options:

  • Off-Campus Housing:
    The majority of USF graduate students choose to live in apartment off-campus (not operated by the university). Some graduate programs offer assistance in connecting students who want to search for an apartment together. USF's Off-Campus Housing site provides tools for searching for housing, information on SF neighborhoods, worksheets for creating a budget, and more. Go to the Off-Campus Housing website to get started now.
  • On-Campus Housing:
    USF also offers a limited number of gradate student housing units in university-operated apartments in Loyola Village and rooms in Pedro Arrupe Hall. To learn more about housing at USF, see Apply for Housing. As part of your application in USF rooms, you will need to submit a $375 non-refundable housing pre-payment.

Student Housing and Residential Education, UC Fifth Floor
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-6824, Fax: (415) 422-2480
Email:, Web:

Step 7: Health Insurance

  • Automatic enrollment:
    To protect your health and well-being, all domestic graduate students registered for six credit hours or more, all international graduate students registered for one credit hour or more, and all graduate students who reside in USF operated housing will be automatically charged and enrolled in the USF-sponsored health insurance.

    Exception: Graduate students enrolled in online degree programs who do not reside in USF operated housing will NOT be automatically charged and enrolled in the USF-sponsored health insurance.

  • Waive USF plan:
    Students who have a health insurance plan with coverage comparable to the USF-sponsored plan may choose to waive the student insurance each academic year. Students can visit the Health Promotion Services website to view waiver instructions and access the health insurance waiver application.
  • Voluntary Enrollment:
    Domestic graduate students registered for under six credit hours and graduate students enrolled in an online degree program are eligible to voluntarily purchase the plan online by visiting

Deadline: The deadline to waive the student insurance or voluntarily enroll in the plan for the fall semester is September 1. The deadline for the spring semester is February 1.

For more information, go to

Health Promotion Services, UC Fifth Floor
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-5797, Fax: (888) 471-2290
Email:, Web:

Step 8: Proof of Immunization

To protect the health of all USF community members, USF requires all international students and domestic graduate students living in university-operated housing to submit proof of immunizations.

  • Domestic Students (residing in USF-operated housing only): Graduate students born on or after January 1, 1957, who are living in USF-operated housing, must submit evidence of two doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine. If proof of immunization for MMR is not available, a blood titer showing immunity for each disease will be accepted.
  • International Students:
    International students must submit the following immunization records:
    1. Evidence of two doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine. If proof of immunization for MMR is not available, a blood titer showing immunity for each disease will be accepted.
    2. Proof of a Tuberculosis PPD (Mantoux) test administered within the last 12 months. (Students with a positive PPD test are required to submit the results of a chest X-ray administered in the last 12 months.)
    3. Proof of three doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine or a test showing immunity.
  • Submit proof:
    Students must submit their records through the online HPS Immunization form, or by fax at 888-471-2290. Records such as an immunization card, high school transcript showing immunization, or Evidence of Immunization form signed by a licensed medical professional will be accepted. If needed, download the Evidence of Immunization form.
  • Deadline: The deadline to submit proof of immunizations for the Fall semester is August 15. The deadline for the Spring semester is January 15. Failure to submit required records will result in a $100 late fine and possible registration hold.

Health Promotion Services, UC Fifth Floor
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-5797, Fax: (888) 471-2290
Email:, Web:

Step 9: Take the Think About It Course

Think About It: Graduate is a mandated online 45 minute training program that provides sexual assault and sexual harassment (including Title IX and Campus SaVE Act) training carefully tailored to the unique needs of graduate and additional location students. All incoming graduate students, additional location students, visiting students, online, and special program students are required to take the course.

Students who do not successfully complete the Think About It course will be fined $100.

Online Course: Registered students will receive an email with instructions to take the course. The email will be sent to your MyUSF email address from

Access the course: Go to Health Promotion Services for information or visit the Think About It website.


  • Fall Semester Admits: August 15
  • Spring Semester Admits: January 15

Health Promotion Services
Tel: +1 (415) 422-5797, Fax: +1 (888) 471-2290
Email: or, Web: or

Step 10: One Card

All USF students are issued a university photo ID called a One Card. Your USF One Card grants you access to on-campus resources, including your residence hall, classroom buildings, Don Dollars accounts, Gleeson Library, Koret Health and Recreation Center, and more.

  • Smile for the camera:
    Have someone take a picture of you. You should be facing the camera with your head and shoulders visible. Save the picture as a .jpg or .jpeg file.
  • Log onto I.D. Express:
    I.D. Express will allow you to pre-order your USF One Card so that it is ready for you to pick up on orientation day. To get started, go to

One Card and Campus Security Systems, Lone Mountain, Room 130
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-7663, Fax: (415) 422-6664
Email:, Web:

Step 11: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

The Family Educational Right and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

  • Privacy of Records:
    Under federal law, students' records (including grades, GPA, class schedule, tuition and billing records, and more) cannot be disclosed to any third-party, even parents or spouses, without the written authorization of the student (some exceptions apply). To learn more about your FERPA rights, go to:
  • Student Consent to Release Information:
    Students who wish to allow a third-party (parents, siblings, etc.) to view their education records must complete submit a form authorizing the access. Access can be granted to academic records, tuition and billing records, and/or financial aid records. Go to
  • What if I don't submit the Student Consent to Release Information form?
    If you do not authorize someone to have access to your records, USF will not disclose any information to them. This means that your spouse or parents will not be able to call USF to find out information about your financial aid balance even if they are helping you pay your tuition.

University Registrar Office, Lone Mountain, Room 217
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-7260, Fax: (415) 422-6084
Email:, Web: myusf.usfca/student-enrollment-services

Student Resources

Below are some resources that should help you transition to USF.

School of Education, Office of Admission & Outreach, ED 014
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-5467
Email:, Web:

International Student Information

The USF International Student and Scholar Services office provides many helpful resources for international students to assist with the enrollment process.

  • Pre-Arrival Information: Before your Departure – Provides details about the required international student documents, how to apply for a student visa, making living arrangements during your studies, tips for making travel plans and other resources.
  • Pre-Arrival Information: Packing & Travel – Provides details on packing for the U.S., what the travel procedures will be for entering the U.S., what documents you should have with you when you board the plane, and transportation options from the San Francisco International Airport to USF.
  • International Student Orientation – Specific information on international student orientation, such as the schedule and the link to the optional airport shuttle. A link to this information is also listed above in Step 2: New Student Orientation.

International Student and Scholar Services, UC 5th Floor
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: +1 (415) 422-2654, Fax: +1 (415) 422-2412
Email:, Web: