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University offers financial aid and scholarship tips

The Financial Aid Awareness Month talks will help students learn how to complete financial aid applications and more

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month, and San Francisco State University’s Office of Student Financial Aid wants students to make the most of it — and the financial aid they could be receiving. That’s why it’s offering online information sessions throughout the month to promote financial aid awareness and encourage students to complete their financial aid application (Federal Application for Free Student Aid/California Dream Act Application) by the March 2 priority deadline. Session topics will include completing a financial aid application, financial wellness, scholarships, studying abroad with financial aid, basic needs resources and more.

Financial aid is critical for students at San Francisco State. Nearly 16,000 of them received financial aid during the fall 2022 semester — 64% of the overall student population.

“SF State is an ethnically and economically diverse campus, with 54% of our students being Pell eligible,” said Office of Student Financial Aid Director Denise Peña. “All of our students can benefit from building financial literacy to improve financial stability and understanding the costs of higher education in order to set themselves up for a successful future.”

The Financial Aid Awareness Month events kick off at noon Thursday, Feb. 9, with the Zoom session “Financial Aid February: Financial Wellness in School and Beyond.” They conclude Friday, Feb. 24, with the live talk “Fin Aid February: Completing a Financial Aid Application” in room 280 of the J. Paul Leonard Library.

See the full calendar of events (with passcodes for Zoom sessions) on the Office of Student Financial Aid website.