Parents & Family eNews: Fall 2009

The fall 2009 edition of the SF State Parent & Family Program eNews includes important information about the following topics:

Read more on outstanding achievements and recognition received by SF State faculty, students, and alumni at SF State in the News, including the following articles:

For Thanksgiving and other holiday schedules, take a look at our University Calendar. Please note: reduced funding from the California legislature and Governor has necessitated a furlough program (time and pay cut) for SF State. As a result, the University will be closed two or more working days every month, from August 2009 through June, 2010. See a schedule of furlough days at

SF State is #1 in the Nation for Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships

We are pleased to announce that SF State was ranked #1 in the nation, for all categories of universities, for the number of Gilman scholarship recipients. The Gilman is a prestigious national scholarship which supports study abroad for students who are on financial aid. Up to $5,000 are awarded to successful candidates through this program. Thirty-two SF State students were selected, with 3 additional alternates, ranking SF State first in the nation among all institutions. This amounted to more than $138,000 in scholarship awards. UC Los Angeles came in second with 22 recipients, and UC Berkeley was third with 20.

In addition to the Gilman scholarships, SF State students are highly competitive on a national basis for a host of other awards. The University works hard to ensure our students apply successfully for available funding, proving study abroad is possible and financially feasible. Eleven SF State students were selected for the Japanese government's JASSO scholarship, awarding approximately $14,000 per student to support study in Japan (Total: $154,000); 10 students will recieve a $4,000 Wang scholarship to support CSU students’ study in China or Taiwan (Total: $40,000), 11 SF State students were awarded about $14,000 each as teaching assistantships to study at the University of Paris under a special program through the French Ministry of Education (Total: $154,000); and one SF State student was selected for the prestigious DAAD scholarship, funded by the German government, which provides approximately $8,000 in monthly stipends and support for study in Germany.

Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 Financial Aid Application

To receive financial aid next school year, students must reapply using the 2010-2011 FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Students may access the FAFSA online at Priority Filing Period is January 1, 2010 - March 2, 2010.

If your student has not already completed the 2009-2010 FAFSA, please encourage him or her to file online as soon as possible.

E-mail Communications to Students in 2010-2011 Academic Year

Students should keep their e-mail address current on MySFSU at We will send information regarding the status of their application and their award offer via e-mail. Financial aid award offers will not be sent in the mail. Beginning late March 2010, students should receive an e-mail communication from our office.

Fall 2010 Fee Deferment

To be eligible for a financial aid fee deferment at the time of priority registration for Fall 2009, students must have a valid 2009-2010 FAFSA on record with the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Encourage Students to Sign Up for Direct Deposit

Fiscal Affairs offers online direct deposit to students receiving financial aid disbursements. Students may choose to have their funds transferred electronically to their bank or credit union accounts. If your student hasn't already signed up, we strongly encourage signing up today for direct deposit at Definitely a more secure process, Direct deposit will expedite transactions at the beginning of a semester. We also encourage students to check the status of their direct deposit account on the same website to make sure bank information is current.

About Scholarships at SF State

Are your students interested in applying for scholarships? Below are available resources:

  • SF State Office of Student Financial Aid scholarship website, There are over 700 campus and outside scholarships listed on our "5 ways to search" database. The "Quick Search" and the "Campus Scholarship lists" are good resources as well. There are essay and recommendation letter tips, along with other information.
  • At the Student Services Building's One Stop Center, visit our scholarship bulletin board for up-to-date postings and fliers.
  • Scholarship 101 workshop is presented every semester. Check our website for the spring 2010 workshop date and RSVP information.
  • The Academic Honors and Fellowships Office provides advising for students who are interested in applying for nationally competitive and CSU system-wide scholarships and fellowships. Successful applicants will generally have a GPA of 3.7 or above. Check the Fellowships Office website for contact information and scholarship/fellowship lists. Note that the Fellowships Office is sponsoring five informational workshops this spring on the Fulbright, graduate fellowships to fund master's and doctoral level work, and on undergraduate scholarship and fellowship opportunities. Click the "Workshops" link on the Fellowships website for more information.


Here is a sampling of some of the scholarships listed at the Financial Aid scholarship website:

  • Alumni Association Scholarship
    Brief Criteria: Currently enrolled undergraduate seniors and graduate students; 3.25 minimum GPA.
    Contact: Alumni Association
    Deadline: Early April 2010
    Amount: $1,000
  • University Scholarship
    Brief Criteria: Continuing undergraduate or graduate; 3.0 SF State undergraduate GPA; 3.5 SF State graduate GPA; financial need (file a FAFSA).
    Contact: Office of Student Financial Aid
    (415) 338-7000
    Deadline: Early May 2010
    Amount: $500-$3,500
  • Osher Reentry Scholarship
    Brief Criteria: Pursuing first BA/BS; have a cumulative gap in education of 5 or more years; be between ages 25 and 50; 3.0 minimum GPA; demonstrate financial need.
    Contact: Office of Student Financial Aid
    (415) 338-7000
    Deadline: Mid June 2010
    Amount: $2,000

Visit for more financial aid and scholarship information.

How Can Parents Help with the Budget Cuts?

Students and parents alike are challenged by the budget crisis and the cutbacks at SF State this year. Too many students are not getting the classes they need because of class cancellations due to the severe budget constraints imposed by the state. Many students and parents are wondering whether there is anything they can do about it. Here’s how you can help:

Please visit the parents section of SF State Budget Central website or use SF State’s automated advocacy system to contact your representatives in state government now - tell them that we must preserve accessibility and affordability in public education, including at SF State and all of our public universities in California.

CSU Adds More Study Abroad Options for Sophomores

Although most students participate in the certified California State University study abroad programs (CSU International Programs) at the junior or senior level, more opportunities are opening up for students to study overseas during their sophomore year. Students are finding that, in many locations, the cost of the program is less expensive than staying at SF State, that more courses are available and that quicker progress can be made toward degree goals through an overseas study program. In fact, given that SF State students are allowed up to four semesters on overseas study, some are now choosing to participate as sophomores in order to learn another language and to take care of GE requirements, and then extend their stay to a second year to study in their field of academic major. Besides the traditional programs which are open to sophomores, such as “Learn French” in France, “Learn German” in Germany, “Learn Spanish” in Mexico, and “Learn Chinese” in China (one semester of the language required prior to departure), the CSU has added a new ”Learn Chinese” in Taiwan (one semester of Chinese required) and a new option at Yonsei University in Seoul Korea, with and instruction in English and no language requirement.

Application deadlines are December 15, 2009 (Priority) and February 1, 2010 (Final). For more information, check the SF State study abroad webpage at

Now Accepting Housing Applications for New On-Campus Residents for 2010-2011 Academic Year

SF State University Housing recommends that new students apply for housing before being admitted to San Francisco State University. Campus housing is available on a first come, first served basis and demand for it is very high. The housing application process started on October 1 for new students and is separate from University admissions. Current residents will receive e-mails in February about the returning resident process. Visit the University Housing website at for more information about on-campus housing.

Hospitality Suites in University Park North

The Office of Conference Services is pleased to be able to offer the campus community a limited number of hospitality suites in University Park North. These suites are located in the northwest side of campus. We offer daily and weekly rates to current San Francisco State University faculty, staff, students, and their guests, including parents. Call (415) 405-4459 or e-mail for availability and rates. You may also visit for photos and other related details.

Controlling School Expenses

You can use Gator Dollars, Baybucks, and SFSU Bookstore Gift Cards to help control school expenses. Enroll your students in the Gator Rewards Club at for weekly discount updates, or add Gator Dollars and Baybucks directly to a student’s university ID card to be used to purchase on-campus meals, groceries and snacks. SFSU Bookstore Gift Cards can be purchased online at 100% of SFSU Bookstore surpluses are reinvested in campus community, "What’s Spent On Campus, Stays On Campus." Parents can add money securely using the "Guest Deposit Feature" at