Parents & Family eNews: Spring 2014

Parents & Family Program eNews is sent twice a year by e-mail in the fall and spring semesters. See articles from the latest issue of eNews for spring 2014 below. You may access archival copies of eNews here.


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Sneak Preview

Sneak Preview 2014: Open House at SF State

Open House for Fall 2014 Admitted Undergraduate Students and their Families
Saturday, April 5, 2014
10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. rain or shine

Planned Activities

  • Take a tour of campus, on-campus housing and labs
  • Finalize details regarding admission, financial aid, EOP/Summer Bridge, accept admission offer, etc.
  • Attend an academic showcase presentation
  • Pick up information from academic programs, departments, organizations and services


RSVP for Sneak Preview 2014

Volunteer at Sneak Preview 2014 and share your experiences with SF State with future parents of SF State students.


Study Abroad

Encourage Your Student to Study Abroad

Did you know that all SF State students can study abroad, take coursework in their major that counts towards their degree and receive financial aid and scholarships while studying abroad? They can!

We encourage all parents of SF State students to explore the Parents page of the Study Abroad website to learn more and to speak to your student about studying abroad. In addition, check-out the Program Database where you and your student can search program options by major, language of instruction and unit requirements.

Next, ask your student to attend a Study Abroad Information Meeting in the Office of International Programs located in the first floor of the Village at Centennial Square, Building C (between HUM and Student Services Building). Meetings are offered weekly year-round on Mondays at 10 a.m., Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and Wednesdays/Thursdays at 2 p.m. Deadlines are generally a year in advance of study abroad programs, so it is best to come in as soon as possible!

Web: | Twitter: @SFSUStudyAbroad



Financial Aid and Scholarships (2014-2015)

Financial Aid Application

Scholarships are another good source of funding for students. However, at SF State, students must search and apply for scholarships separately from financial aid. Spring semester is the most opportune time to research and apply for scholarships for the next academic year. Many scholarships have application deadline dates during the spring semester and early summer months. SF State scholarship resources available to assist your student:

  • Students who have already filed the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Application for AB540 students, will receive email notification from our office around mid-April. They should check their SF State email frequently. Keep in mind:
  • If your student has not filed the 2014-2015 FAFSA or the California Dream Application for AB540 students, he/she may still apply online at or
  • Cal Grants and Middle Income Scholarships - The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) determines awards and contacts students directly.
  • Parent PLUS loans: Parents may apply for a federal loan to assist their student with his or her expenses. More information about this loan program. Parents may begin applying for the loan on the federal web site beginning July 1, 2014.
  • There are over 700 campus and outside scholarships listed on our Scholarship Search section. The Quick Search/Applications and the Scholarship listings are good resources as well. There are essay writing and recommendation letter tips, as well as other scholarship information on the Student financial aid website.




Student Housing: Returning Resident Process

Current on-campus residents are able to access the online portal to complete the license agreement to return to the residential community in Fall 2014. There is no application fee required. If your student currently lives on campus, this process is free.

The 2014-2015 Returning Resident process is a LOTTERY system. Residents will submit their License Agreements ONLINE, using the new SF State Housing Portal. They have until May 2 to submit the initial housing fee payment in the amount of $800 to confirm their intent to return to the residential community. This payment is fully refundable up to 30 days before August 23, 2014. The initial payment for fall 2014 is $1600, with $800 collected on May 2 (Part A) and the second $800 on August 1 (Part B).


2014 Timeline:
February 24 - May 2: License Agreement return:  residents must complete and electronically sign their License Agreement no later than May 2. Part A of Initial payment ($800) must also be made during this period, via check, in the Housing Office.
March - April: Reminders via email and Facebook.
May 2: Deadline to submit online License Agreement and Part A of initial payment ($800). After payment deadline, students who both completed their License Agreement AND made payment by the deadline will be assigned a random lottery number. Residents who miss the payment deadline will be considered after the lottery.
Late May: Residents notified of LOTTERY status.
Early June: For residents not confirmed, wait list updates begin.
June - July: Students on the wait list will be informed of their status regularly and will be emailed a confirmation when a space becomes available.
July: Room assignments sent to confirmed residents.
August: Part B of Initial Payment ($800) is required before opening day.


Any Returning Resident who has not paid by May 2 will lose their Returning Resident priority and their Returning Resident License Agreement will be cancelled. More information on returning residents.



Summer Sesson

Make Summer Count For Your SF State Student

Summer Session enrollment is open to everyone admitted: SF State students, prospective students, visitors and the community. Summer Session courses offer an excellent opportunity to meet the faculty, get to know the campus and get acquainted with other students. The course credit you earn may count toward your degree.


More information on Summer Session 2014.


Thank You

Thank you Parent & Family Member Volunteers!

This March, San Francisco State University hosted a series of information sessions for fall 2014 applicants who live in Southern California. The Parents & Familly Program called for volunteers to help with these sessions and share their experiences with future parents of SF State students.

The response was overwhelming and we wish to thank all that gave their time; Anna Cabral, Judy Jol, Elizabeth Murry, Fran Pillersdorf, Tom Serafin, Deann McDaniel, Karen Yasaki, Pumulo Situmbeko, Martin Feinberg, Kati Majlessi, Ramona Martinez, Sonia Parra, Roberto Covarrubias, Elena Hanna, Ana Reynaud, Martin Schoen, and Chris Stellavato. Thank you. Thank you! Thank you!!


See volunteer opportunities in your area.


Your Perspective

"Your Perspective" by SF State Parents

Our students' parents and familes are considered integral members of the campus community. When asked about your SF State experiences, we've received a variety of comments that we wanted to share with you:


Having been a parent-volunteer speaker at your Student Orientations, I can attest to the importance of parents sharing their SFSU experiences with new and existing families because it provides reassurance that you have selected a place of higher education that will not only challenge your child but also adequately prepare them for the changing job market.
- The Gonzalez Family


Both of my daughters went to San Francisco State - both had an amazing experience with the faculty there. My oldest graduated with a communications degree and has an exciting job traveling all over the world! My youngest went to France via the study abroad program and loved it so much she stayed. State is an open-minded school that challenges students and prepares them for a successful future!
- Karen Devaney


My daughter was a first-time freshman last year, and about as anxious as any young woman could be. ... She didn't know anyone else who was going to SF State and although excited about moving to "The City", all she had ever known her small home town. The phone calls and tears came within the first two weeks. ... After another two weeks of guilt, we decided we couldn't put her off any longer. "I can come pick you up this Friday for a weekend home!" To our surprise and relief, her response was "Oh.. that would be nice and all, but I have plans with friends. Maybe next week." We smiled with the reassurance that we had made the right choice those first crucial weeks living on campus. She had made her connections and was now on her way.
- Claire Pacific


As a single parent of three children, I am a proud parent of my oldest daughter being the first to go into college and this is her second year and enjoys every moment of her time there.
- Renee Campos


SFSU is a great fit for my daughter. I'm always sharing with friends with high school students how fantastic the campus is, so beautiful and green!!! I always share the story of our first days on campus, well put together orientation, financial office was amazingly easy and the all-a-round vibe with nice!!!
- Anna Cabral

SF State Parents Council provides parents and family members with an active role in the education of their student and provides a forum for networking with other parents. We'd love to hear from you! You are invited to send in a short paragraph or more online to be included in the next issue of the Parent & Family eNews.


Thank you for your support of San Francisco State University!


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