Parents & Family eNews: Spring 2009

Spring 2009 edition of the SF State Parent & Family Program eNews includes important news and information about the following topics:

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

For holiday and Spring Break schedule, take a look at our University Calendar.


Help the Career Center Conduct Mock Interviews for Graduating Students

The Career Center has expanded several of its programs and services to help prepare students as they begin to enter a tight, competitive job market

Last fall, additional workshops on resume writing were presented, and a Resume Critique Day was held for the students. This spring, the Career Center has also increased the number of interview workshops for graduating students. Students attending will receive priority sign-up for Practice Interview Day on April 24.

Parents and family members who have experience in conducting employment-style interviews are encouraged to join our employers and SF State alumni to help us conduct mock interviews. Practice Interview Day will be held on April 24, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall. Lunch and a parking permit will be provided. Any amount of time you can donate will be greatly appreciated by our students.

For more information, please contact Janelle Metz, Career Advisor, at or 415-338-2531, or Jack Brewer, Director, Career Center, at or 415-338-2526.

Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 Financial Aid Application

To receive financial aid next school year, students must reapply using the 2009-2010 FASFA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Students may access the FAFSA online at Priority Filing Period is January 1, 2009 - March 2, 2009.

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 2009-2010 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 2009 students should receive an e-mail communication from the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Fall 2009 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. read more

Encourage Students to Sign-up for Direct Deposit

Fiscal Affairs offers on-line Direct Deposit to students receiving financial aid disbursements. Students may choose to have their funds electroncially transferred to their bank or credit union accounts. If your student hasn't already signed up, we strongly encourage them to sign up for direct deposit at Definitely a more secure process, it may be a few days quicker at the beginning of the semester. We also encourage students to check on the same web site the status of their direct deposit and make sure their bank information is current.

About Scholarships at SF State

Are your students interested in applying for scholarships?  Below are SF State scholarship resources available to assist your student:

  • SF State Office of Student Financial Aid Scholarship web site, There are over 700 campus and outside scholarships listed on "5 ways to search" scholarship database. The "Quick Search" and the "Campus Scholarship lists" are good resources as well. There are essay, recommendation letter tips and other scholarship information.
  • At the Student Services Building, One Stop Center, visit the Scholarship bulletin board for up-to-date scholarship postings and scholarship fliers.
  • Scholarship 101 workshop is presented every semester. Check out the Office of Student Financial Aid web site for the Spring 2009 workshop date and to RSVP.
  • 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 web site for contact information and scholarship/fellowship lists: Note that the Fellowships Office is sponsoring five information workshops this Spring: on the Fulbright, on graduate fellowships to fund master's and doctoral level work, and on undergraduate scholarship and fellowship opportunities. Click the "Workshops" link on the Fellowships web site for more information.

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

  • Alumni Association Scholarship
    Brief Criteria: Currently enrolled undergraduate seniors and graduate students; 3.25 minimum GPA.
    Contact: Alumni Association
    (415) 338-2217
    Deadline: Early April 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 Amount: $500-$3,500
  • Osher Reentry Scholarship
    Brief Criteria: Pursuing first BA/BS; have a cumulative gap in education of 5 or more yrs.; 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 Amount: $2,000

Visit for more financial aid and scholarship information.

University Housing Announces Move In Special at University Park

The University Park Apartment community is the best housing option for SF State students who are looking for unfurnished units. Owned and operated by San Francisco State University, UPN (University Park North) and UPS (University Park South) offer a wide range of unit selections and the unique opportunity to live within the campus community and the city at very competitive rental rates.

During the months of March and April 2009, move into a University Park unit with a security deposit of only $700 + rent. For more information, visit the University Park community page at

University Housing for Summer and Returning Residents

SF State Summer housing will be offered in 2 and 3 bedroom apartments in the Village at Centennial Square, providing an opportunity for students who wish to earn extra credit this summer, live with friends and live on campus.

University Housing has begun its Returning Resident process for current residents. Students may still turn in license agreements and maintain their Returning Resident priority until May 1st. For more information, please visit the Returning Resident page at