Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.94
Liaison Caitlin Steele
Submission Date July 21, 2023

STARS v2.2

San Francisco State University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.37 / 4.00 caitlin Steele
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:

A brief description of notable policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

Financial Aid: SF State offers a wide array of assistance options for low income students in the form of financial aid. Cal Grant B is primarily for students from disadvantaged and low-income families.

SFSU Graduation Initiative that focuses on improving graduation rates and eliminating the opportunity gap. one of the 6 pillars is:
5. effective, targeted support services to achieve educational equity (directed specifically at our first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students, with special attention to men of color);

The Metro College Success Program, which helps underrepresented students at San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco (CCSF) navigate their first two years of college, specifically expanded its funding to serve a greater number of low-income students.

Assembly Bill 540 is a law that was passed in 2001 by the California legislature and was recently amended with AB 2000. The law were written for students who are undocumented or a U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident who attended High School in California. If these students meet specific requirements, they are able to pay ‘resident fees’ instead of ‘non-resident fees’ if they attend a CA public institution of higher education. https://financialaid.sfsu.edu/ab540

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at SF State University has improved access and retention of historically underserved (low income, first generation college) students by facilitating their matriculation into SF State and by providing a support system for their success. EOP is a comprehensive program designed to provide students with outreach, admissions, academic, and financial support. Students receive on-going advising, tutoring, and workshops designed to increase retention and graduation rates. Awards range from $100 to $800 for the academic year, depending on the availability of funds and the need of the students. https://eop.sfsu.edu/

As part of the California State University (CSU) system, low-income students are eligible for an application fee waiver, the State University Grant (SUG) and Cal Grant programs. The SUG and Cal Grant programs offer state-based financial aid which are targeted specifically to low-income students for the purpose of offsetting the cost of tuition. Additionally, students enrolled in the EOP and Student Support Services programs are eligible to receive an EOP Grant and Student Support Services grant. The CSU’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides admission, academic and financial support services to historically underserved students throughout California.

In accordance with the guidelines set by the California State University (CSU) System, the Student Academic Services Outreach Program's (SASOP) mission is to increase college enrollment of students who are disadvantaged due to economic, educational and/or environmental backgrounds

CSU campuses have the Federal Work-Study Program, which provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay for expenses related to their education. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study.

Most CSU campuses have dedicated CalFresh Outreach programs to help students with the application process to find out if they qualify for this benefit.

The State University Grant (SUG) program provides need-based awards to eligible undergraduate and graduate/post baccalaureate students who are California residents or otherwise determined as eligible, such as AB 540-eligible students. When you apply for financial aid via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act application (CADA) you are considered for a SUG by your campus.

A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:

The College of Professional and Global Education allows students to take space-available SF State academic credit classes without formal admission to the University.

The College of Professional and Global Education at SF State offers a wide variety of continuing adult education courses and programs to prepare you for career advancement, career change, or personal growth. We offer nationally-acclaimed curricula and faculty; weekend, evening, and online courses; plus access to thousands of transferable degree-credit University classes.

Project Rebound supports the formerly incarcerated on their journey through successful reintegration in a college setting. The program also acts as a liaison between networks throughout the campus at-large as well as throughout the communities in and around the San Francisco bay area. We are involved in working with college ready teens and adults. As such, we utilize a multitude of educational, tutorial, and vocational resources. Wherein we also focus on service providers that can best serve our student’s needs.

Estimated percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:

Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
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