Scholarships & Financial Aid

Scholarships

Shereen Paff Scholarship

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Paff endowed this scholarship in memory of their daughter Shereen. Shereen Paff earned a master’s degree in early childhood education in 1971 from San Francisco State University and spent 25 years working and teaching in the field of special education. She specialized in visually impaired children and special education children in elementary schools and dedicated her life to helping children.

Basic eligibility includes:

  • CAD-Early Childhood Concentration student or Graduate College of Education student with a concentration in Early Childhood
  • Senior status (90 cumulative units or more) or current graduate student
  • Cumulative (overall) GPA 3.5 or above
  • Completed 18 units of SPED coursework

We highly encourage all eligible students to apply! The application deadline is October 15th (Deadline was extended until November 1st, 2020 for Fall 2020 application cycle). Awardees of the Paff Scholarship are eligible to receive up to $4,000, which can be used towards their education at SF State! If you would like to apply or know more about this scholarship, please log onto Academic Works. Please note, if you never logged onto Academic Works before there will be a few intake questions you will need to answer first.

Academic Works

San Francisco State University’s official scholarship website is Academic Works. Current SF State students can log on to view and apply to scholarships. Please note, if you never logged onto Academic Works before there will be a few intake questions you will need to answer first.

For resources, tips, and workshops on applying for scholarships, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.

Financial Aid

San Francisco State University students can visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website for information and support with eligibility, awarding and disbursement of financial aid.

Other Financial Opportunities

HOPE Crisis Fund
To help students manage unexpected crisis situations, SF State has established the SF State HOPE Crisis Fund (HOPE = Help, Opportunity & Pathway to Empowerment), a fund that assists students with financial support when they need it most. This fund supports students who are undergoing a crisis that leaves them in a situation that is beyond their control.

SF SEED (San Francisco)
SF SEED is a fiscal incentive program for early childhood educators who are concurrently working toward their degree and working in the field. Eligible applicants can receive up to $3,700 a semester. For current program information, details on eligibility and how to apply, please visit the SF SEED website.

QRIS Teacher Stipend Program (San Mateo)
The San Mateo County QRIS Teacher Stipend Program is a fiscal incentive program for early childhood educators to pursue training and education. For current program information, details on eligibility and how to apply, please visit the San Mateo County Office of Education website.

Fellowships Office
The Fellowships Office is available to assist undergraduate, graduate students and recent alumni in applying for nationally competitive fellowships, scholarships and grants, as well as system-wide awards offered by the California State University system.