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Financial Aid: Keeping USF Affordable
Financial Aid: Understanding the Cost of Tuition

Undergraduate Financial Aid

An investment in a college degree can feel daunting. We get it. Working hard to make the costs more manageable and the process easier to navigate isn’t just what our financial aid team does before students arrive on campus; it’s a crucial part of delivering a world-class education.

Financial aid (scholarships, grants, loans, employment opportunities) is available from five sources:

  • The University of San Francisco
  • Federal and state governments
  • Social, professional, and community organizations
  • Employers
  • Friends and graduates of the university

Here’s how it works:

Apply to the University of San Francisco

Your admitted GPA and SAT or ACT scores will help our admissions office determine if you are eligible for the University Scholars program or an academic merit scholarship.

Apply now or learn more about University of San Francisco grants and scholarships.

Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Submit your FAFSA application as early as January 1st to be considered for federal student aid, Cal Grants, and USF-funded grants or scholarships. To meet USF’s priority deadline:

  • New students must submit no later than February 1st prior to the start of the next academic year
  • Current students must submit no later than March 2nd prior to the start of the next academic year

The University of San Francisco’s title IV Code is 001325. This code must be entered on the FAFSA application. Do not wait for an admission decision before submitting your FAFSA. Learn more about Federal Student Aid.

File a California Dream Act Application

Undergraduate students who are ineligible for federal financial aid due to their citizenship status may be eligible for a Cal Grant or University Grant through the California Dream Act. The application becomes available January 1. To meet USF’s priority deadline:

  • New students must apply no later than February 1 prior to the start of the next academic year
  • Current students must apply no later than March 2 prior to the start of the next academic year

Search for Scholarships

Private scholarships are a great way to reduce the cost of your USF undergraduate degree. Search early and often – deadlines will vary so it’s important to stay organized. Here are a few resources to help you get started:

Apply for a Loan

If you think you may need additional funds to cover the full cost of your academic year, there are several federal and private loan options available for undergraduate students. Visit our Loans section to learn more.