The University of San Francisco: Next Steps
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Next Steps: Masters, Credential, and Doctoral Students

Welcome to the School of Education at USF. The steps below will provide you with the information you need to successfully enroll at USF.

Step 1: Reserve your spot

To reserve your spot at the USF School of Education, you must submit your Space Deposit form.

  • Refer to the form included in your admission letter regarding the $250 tuition deposit required to hold your place in the program.
  • Make note of the due date in your decision letter and submit your deposit http://www.usfca.edu/guestpay by the deadline.
  • The deposit ensures access to our class registration system. It is non-refundable and will be applied toward your first semester's tuition.

Questions?
School of Education, Dean's Office, ED 107
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-6525, Fax: (415) 422-2677
Email: pfcole@usfca.edu

Step 2: New Student Orientation

All new School of Education students must participate in a mandatory orientation meeting prior to their first semester of enrollment. The deans present an overview of the School's procedures and academic policies.

  • One month prior to New Student Orientation, you will receive a welcome letter and packet from the School of Education Deans that includes a schedule and details about the orientation. You must attend this event.
  • Your Space Deposit will need to be paid prior to the orientation.
  • While participating in the orientation meeting, your record will be cleared for registration.
  • Please contact us immediately if your plans to enroll have changed. Admission cancellations and deferments can be sent via an enclosed reply card included in the decision letter.

Questions?
School of Education, Dean's Office, ED 107
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-6525, Fax: (415) 422-2677
Email: pfcole@usfca.edu

Step 3: Financial Aid for U.S. Students

After receipt of your FAFSA application, the Financial Aid Office will determine your aid eligibility and send you a financial aid notice. Upon receiving your notice, you must log in to accept or decline the aid offered to you.

  • Go to the Financial Aid section of USFconnect:
    Log into USFconnect, click on the Student tab, and then click on the Click Here button in the Student Self Service section. Once in Student Self Service, click on the Student tab, and then click on the Financial Aid menu.
  • Check the status of your aid:
    Click on the Financial Aid Status link. If you have any outstanding requirements, you must complete them before your aid can be confirmed.
  • Accept or decline your aid:
    Click on the Award link, then follow the link to accept or decline your award offers. You will not receive your aid unless you go online to accept it.

Deadline: You must accept your aid within 30 days of receipt of your award letter.

Questions?
One Stop Office, Lone Mountain, Room 251
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-2020, Fax: (415) 422-6084
Email: onestop@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/onestop

Visit USF's Financial Aid TV: usfca.financialaidtv.com

Step 4: Housing Options

For graduate students who move to San Francisco, you will need to make your own housing arrangements. Graduate students have two housing options:

  • Off-Campus Housing:
    The majority of USF graduate students choose to live in apartment off-campus (not operated by the university). Some graduate programs offer assistance in connecting students who want to search for an apartment together. USF's Off-Campus Housing website provides tools for searching for housing, information on SF neighborhoods, worksheets for creating a budget, and more. Go tothe Off-Campus Housing websiteto get started now.
  • On-Campus Housing:
    USF also offers a limited number of gradate student housing units in university-operated apartments in Loyola Village and rooms in Pedro Arrupe Hall. To apply for housing at USF, log into USFconnect, click on the Student tab, and then scroll to the bottom of the page. Click on the USFrooms link on the lower left. As part of your application in USFrooms, you will need to submit a $300 non-refundable housing pre-payment.

Questions?
Student Housing and Residential Education, UC Fifth Floor
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-6824, Fax: (415) 422-2480
Email: share@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/residence_life

Step 5: Health Insurance

  • Automatic enrollment:
    To protect your health and well-being all domestic graduate students registered for 6 credit hours or more, all international graduate students registered for 1 credit hour or more, and all graduate students who reside in USF operated housing will be automatically charged and enrolled in the USF-sponsored health insurance provided through Aetna.

    Exception: Graduate students enrolled in online degree programs who do not reside in USF operated housing will NOT be automatically charged and enrolled in the USF-sponsored health insurance.
  • Waive USF plan:
    Students who have a health insurance plan with coverage comparable to the USF-sponsored plan may choose to waive the student insurance each academic year. Students can visit www.usfca.edu/hps to view waiver instructions and access the health insurance waiver application.
  • Voluntary Enrollment:
    Domestic graduate students registered for under 6 credit hours and graduate students enrolled in an online degree program are eligible to voluntarily purchase the plan online by visiting www.usfca.edu/hps.

Deadline: The deadline to waive the student insurance or voluntarily enroll in the plan for the fall semester is September 1. The deadline for the spring semester is February 1.

For more information, go to www.usfca.edu/hps/insurance.

Questions?
Health Promotion Services, UC Fifth Floor
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-5797, Fax: (888) 471-2290
Email: hps@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/hps

Step 6: Proof of Immunization

To protect the health of all USF community members, USF requires all international students and domestic graduate students living in university-operated housing to submit proof of immunizations.

  • Domestic Students (residing in USF-operated housing only):
    Graduate students born on or after January 1, 1957, who are living in USF-operated housing, must submit evidence of two doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine. If proof of immunization for MMR is not available, a blood titer showing immunity for each disease will be accepted.
  • International Students:

    International students must submit the following immunization records:

    1. Evidence of two doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine. If proof of immunization for MMR is not available, a blood titer showing immunity for each disease will be accepted.
    2. Proof of a Tuberculosis PPD (Montaoux) test administered within the last 12 months.
 (Students with a positive PPD test are required to submit the results of a chest x-ray administered in the last 12 months).
    3. Proof of three doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine or a test showing immunity.
  • Submit proof:
    Evidence of immunization must be submitted in writing from a licensed medical professional. Records such as an immunization card or high school transcript showing immunizations will also be accepted. To download the Immunization Form, go to www.usfca.edu/hps and click on the Immunization Form link under the Quick Links section. Attach evidence of the required immunizations and mail, email or fax the forms to Health Promotion Services.

Deadline: The deadline to submit proof of immunizations for students admitted for the summer and fall semesters is September 1. The deadline for students admitted for the spring semester is February 1. Failure to submit required records will result in a $100 late fine and possible registration hold.

Questions?
Health Promotion Services, UC Fifth Floor
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-5797, Fax: (888) 471-2290
Email: hps@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/hps

Step 7: One Card

All USF students are issued a university photo ID called a One Card. Your USF One Card grants you access to on-campus resources, including your residence hall, classroom buildings, Don Dollars accounts, Gleeson Library, Koret Health and Recreation Center, and more.

  • Smile for the camera:
    Have someone take a picture of you. You should be facing the camera with your head and shoulders visible. Save the picture as a .jpg or .jpeg file.
  • Log onto I.D. Express:
    I.D. Express will allow you to pre-order your USF One Card so that it is ready for you to pick up on orientation day. To get started, go to www.usfca.edu/onecard/other_orientations/.

Questions?
One Card and Campus Security Systems, Lone Mountain, Room 130
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-7663, Fax: (415) 422-6664
Email: onecard@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/onecard

Step 8: Set Up Your Student Account

Before you register for classes, you should plan how you will pay your semester bill, including tuition, fees, and room and board.

  • Go to View & Pay:
    Log into USFconnect. Click on the Student tab, and then click on the View & Pay link on the right. This is where you can view your bill, make payment, and more. Remember, you will not receive a paper bill, so you must log into View & Pay to view your account.
  • Choose your method of payment:
    You may pay your tuition using online e-check, personal checks, bank wires, or by signing up for the payment plan. Go to www.usfca.edu/payment for more information.
  • Set up an authorized payer:
    Authorized payers are spouses, employers, etc., who can view bills and make payments online. To set up an authorized payer, go to View & Pay, located in the Student tab of USFconnect, and click the Add New link located in the Parents and Authorized Payers box. Authorized payers can go to www.usfca.edu/authorizedpayer for more information.
  • Be aware of semester payment deadlines:
    Fall: August 1
    Intersession: January 2
    Spring: January 2
    Summer: May 1

If you register for classes after the payment due date for the semester, you must be prepared to pay the balance due at the time of registration, or you must enroll in the payment plan. Go to www.usfca.edu/tuition for complete information about the University's tuition and payment policies.

Questions?
One Stop Office, Lone Mountain, Room 251
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-2020, Fax: (415) 422-6084
Email: onestop@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/onestop

Step 9: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

The Family Educational Right and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records

  • Privacy of Records:
    Under federal law, students' records (including grades, GPA, class schedule, tuition and billing records, and more) cannot be disclosed to any third-party, even parents or spouses, without the written authorization of the student (some exceptions apply). To learn more about your FERPA rights, go to www.usfca.edu/onestop/privacy.
  • Student Consent to Release Information:
    Students who wish to allow a third-party (parents, siblings, etc.) to view their education records must submit a form authorizing the access. Access can be granted to academic records, tuition and billing records, and/or financial aid records. Go to www.usfca.edu/onestop/forms for instructions on how to submit the form.
  • What if I don't submit the Student Consent to Release Information form?
    If you do not authorize your someone to have access to your records, USF will not disclose any information to them. This means that your spouse or parents will not be able to call USF to find out information about your financial aid or balance even if they are helping you pay your tuition.

Questions?
One Stop Office, Lone Mountain, Room 251
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-2020, Fax: (415) 422-6084
Email: onestop@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/onestop

Step 10: Register for Classes

Advising and registration immediately follow the mandatory orientation meeting (see Step 2). Every newly admitted matriculating student is assigned an advisor who will help you plan your program of study.

  • Students are directed to an advising session specific to their program where academic plans and instructions are given for registration.
  • After advising, all students, except for Teacher Education, are directed to the computer lab for computer registration.
  • After registration, students can go online to pay in full or can sign up for the payment plan. Unpaid balances are subject to late fees.
  • If you have received your USFconnect username and password/PIN, bring it with you. The lab staff are available to assist students with registration.
  • All Teacher Education students proceed to E-Camp to register as directed.
  • Be aware of deadlines:
    It is important to know the last day to drop classes in case you have to withdraw unexpectedly. To find out the last day to drop a class with a full refund, check the Schedule of Classes at www.usfca.edu/schedules.

Questions?
One Stop Office, Lone Mountain, Room 251
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-2020, Fax: (415) 422-6084
Email: onestop@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/onestop