Financing Your Education

Fellowships and Scholarships

  • Graduate Equity Fellowship: If you qualify for California residency for tuition purposes and you come from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background and have an outstanding academic record, you may be eligible for a Graduate Equity Fellowship grant. Beginning in January, applications are available online at Graduate Equity Fellowship. The deadline for submission is late April.
  • Provost Scholar Award: The Provost Scholar Award provides selected newly admitted domestic, non-resident students with an out-of-state tuition waiver for one year.  Contact the department to which you are admitted to advise them that you are a domestic non-resident applicant and wish to be considered for the Provost Scholar Award. Awards are granted based an academic excellence, standardized test scores (if required for department admission), department-required essay or statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. Awardees will be notified of the award by the Division of Graduate Studies.
  • SF State Pre-Doc Program: The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to diversify the pool of university faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of students who are upper division undergraduates or graduate students on a California State University campus, economically or educationally disadvantaged, with focused research interests, and an interest in a university faculty career. Each Pre-Doctoral Scholar is mentored by a faculty sponsor and receives financial support for activities related to applying to, and developing her or his candidacy for doctoral programs. For more information please visit the California Pre-Doctoral Program at SF State page.
  • Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program: The purpose of the program is to increase the number of promising doctoral students who are interested in applying and competing for future CSU instructional faculty positions. The program seeks to accomplish this goal by providing financial aid in the form of loans to doctoral students with the motivation, skills, and experience needed to teach the diverse student body of the CSU. New or continuing full-time students who will be in doctoral programs at accredited universities anywhere in the United States are invited to apply for a loan from the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program.
  • AAUW American Fellowships: American Association of University Women (AAUW) fellowships or grants support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.
  • Comprehensive list of San Franciso State University Scholarships database: Search for scholarships listed with SF State offered by various colleges, departments, and offices throughout the University by searching using keyword, major or college, enrollment status or scholarship name at
  • Other available scholarships and fellowships: To learn about other scholarships or fellowships you may qualify for, you can contact the SF State department or program to which you intend to study or you can search online for other scholarships and fellowships available to SF State’s graduate students:
  • International students may find scholarships depending on their country of origin or other criteria at the SF State Office of International Programs.

Paid Graduate Assistant and Graduate Teaching Associate Employment Opportunities:

Many departments employ academically eligible graduate students to work as either Graduate Assistants (GAs) or Graduate Teaching Associates (GTAs). Your academic department may have GA and GTA positions available. Please contact your academic department directly to determine position availability. Not all departments offer GA or GTA employment opportunities.

Graduate Assistants (GA) help faculty members or the teaching staff with various professional and technical duties generally associated with the subject area or programs in which the assistant is doing graduate work. This work may not take precedence over the successful completion of the graduate degree program by the student in a timely manner.

Graduate Teaching Associates (GTA) provide currently enrolled or admitted CSU graduate students with part-time employment offering a practical teaching experience in fields related to their advanced study. GTAs teach university courses and may also assist faculty or teaching staff with various professional and technical activities. Work assignments are closely associated with their program of study or the academic department in which they are enrolled.

Graduate student seeking GA or GTA appointments must meet the following minimum academic eligibility requirements:

  • Classified or conditionally classified graduate student
  • Cumulative post-baccalaureate GPA of 3.0 (B) or better
  • Enrolled in a minimum of 3 units of course work applicable to the master’s degree
  • May not be enrolled in any course associated with work assignment
  • Employment at SFSU does not exceed 20 hours per week
  • Must be supervised by an SFSU faculty member
Financial Aid

Financial Aid may be available to you. Applying begins with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please visit SF State’s Office of Student Financial Aid for additional information.

State University Grant (SUGs)

State University Grant (SUGs) is a gift aid for undergraduate, credential, and classified graduate California residents, paying resident tuition and Registration fees. There is a limited amount of funding each year and all awards are conditional based on the availability of funds from the State. The SUG is designated specifically to pay a portion of students’ basic tuition and fees, any other fee paying financial aid and/or resource you receive will affect the student’s eligibility for SUG. Learn more on our State University Grant page.


The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.

Tuition Cost and Expenses for Students who Qualify for CA residency

Tuition costs for each semester can be found on the Bursar’s homepage.

The campus fees listed should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the President and/or Student Fee Committee, without notice. Graduate students who qualify for CA residency pay their fees based on the number of units they intend to register. Students who register for 6 units or less pay one fee, while students who register for more than 6 units pay another fee for the semester. Please note that MBA and MPA students are charged additional graduate program fees.

Tuition Cost and Expenses for Students who are Non-residents

Tuition costs for each semester can be found on the Bursar’s homepage.

Students are charged non-resident tuition based on the specific number of units they are registering for in the semester.