University webinar series helps students make the most of financial aid

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SF State marks Financial Aid Awareness Month with events aimed at helping students prepare for the upcoming FAFSA deadline and more

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month, and San Francisco State University will be getting the word out to students — and helping them gain access to all the financial support available to them — through a series of online events. The timing of Financial Aid Awareness Month is no accident: The priority deadline for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and CADAA (California Dream Act) applications is coming up Wednesday, March 2. So now is the time for students to act to get financial support.

Financial aid is critical to San Francisco State students. More than 60% of them receive financial aid, and nearly 90% of those receive grants or scholarships. Yet even with those high numbers, more students could be taking advantage of financial aid opportunities.

“Filling out the financial aid application materials is the first and most important step in determining what types of financial aid a student qualifies for. Filing the application before the March 2 deadline ensures the student maximizes their grant aid,” said SF State Senior Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Katie Lynch. “These webinars are designed to support SF State students in the financial aid application process. It’s so important to get these applications submitted before March 2.”

This month’s University financial aid webinars include:

Change in Financial Circumstances
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 11, noon

California Dream Act Application Workshop
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m.

Financial Aid Application Workshop
Friday, Feb. 18, noon and Friday, Feb. 25, noon

Using AcademicWorks to Apply for SF State Scholarships
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m.

Office of Financial Aid staff will also be available on the Quad for in-person consultations Monday, Feb. 14, through Thursday, Feb. 17, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For more information on Financial Aid Awareness Month, go to the Office of Student Financial Aid website or email


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