Financial Aid Checklist

Double-check your financial aid applications - FAFSA, California Dream Act (undocumented students), CSS Profile (freshmen)

Incomplete, incorrect or unverified information can result in adjustments to your financial aid eligibility and your USF financial aid offer.

Estimate your charges.

Financial aid may not fully cover your expenses. To estimate the amount due, subtract accepted grants, scholarships and loans from the cost of tuition and room/board (if applicable). Do not subtract work awards, as they do not apply towards your bill charges. Books and supplies will not be charged to your bill. However, if you cannot pay for them out of pocket, consider applying for additional financial aid to cover these costs.

Accept or decline your financial aid offer.

Log in to the Financial Aid Award section of your USFConnect account to respond as soon as possible.

Submit documents to credit financial aid towards your bill.

Respond to all requests from the Federal Processor on your Student Aid Report (SAR) and/or from the University of San Francisco. Unsatisfied requirements can be viewed in the Financial Aid Status section of your USFConnect account. Financial aid can't be confirmed, credited towards your charges or paid to your student account unless all requested information and documentation has been provided.

Complete Master promissory notes and loan entrance counseling for Federal loans.

Did you accept a Federal student or parent PLUS loan? Follow the instructions in the Financial Aid Unsatisfied Requirements section of your USFConnect account to complete any outstanding loan requirements.

Visit the Student Employment website.

Did you accept a Federal Work Study (FWS) award? The Student Employment section outlines the prerequisites and forms required for employment.

Check your USFConnect email.

The Financial Aid office, as well as many other USF departments, will send important communications to your USFConnect email account. Check your inbox regularly for important and time sensitive messages.

Contact the Financial Aid Office.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. Call the One Stop office at (415) 422-2020 or email

Re-apply for financial aid every year.

You must reapply for aid before the start of each academic year. Resubmit your FAFSA application or California Dream Act application as early as January 1 to be considered for financial aid, but no later than March 2.