Funding & Fellowships

SF State provides a high-quality graduate education at a cost far less than both the national public university average and other Bay Area universities. Money should not come between you and a great education. At San Francisco State University there are many resources to assist you. Below are the current tuition Fees for post-bac students at SF State (not including campus/registration fees).

***Tuition is subject to change. For current tuition fees, visit the Bursar's Office website.

Non-Resident Tuition Fee: Non-resident of California and International students pay an additional $396 per unit.


Business Graduate Students (M.B.A.): Graduate students in the College of Business will be charged an additional Graduate Program Fee $700 (0 to 6.0 units) or $1,200 (6.1 or more units) and a Professional Program Fee of $270 per unit.


Public Administration Graduate Students (M.P.A.): Graduate students in the MPA program will be charged an additional fee of $430 (0 to 6.0 units) or $850 (6.1 or more units) per semester.


Grants, scholarships and work-study awards require that you apply early, so be sure to meet all deadlines. To be considered for the maximum amount of grants you may be eligible for, apply for financial aid by MARCH 2!

For more information on FAFSA, please visit the Office of Finanical Aid's website.

Fellowships & 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.

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 their candidacy for doctoral programs. Fore 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 Francisco 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 SF State Academic Works.

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 scholarhips 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.

Graduate Grants  

State University Grant (SUGs): SUGs is a gift aid for undergraduate, credential, and classifed graduate California residents, paying resident tuition and Registration fees. There is a limited amount of funding each year and all awards 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.

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

Paid Graduate Assistant & Graduate Teaching Associate Employment Opportunities   

Many departments employ academically eligible graduate students to work as either Graduate Assitants (GAs) or Graduate Teaching Associates (GTAs). Your academic department may have GA and GTA positions available. Please conctact your academic department directly to determine position availability. Please note, 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 students seeking a 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 inany course associated with work assignment
  • Employment at SF State does not exceed 20 hours per week
  • Must be supervised by an SF State faculty member