Housing Payments

MSQ Installment Plan | Twelve (12) installments during the contract period, beginning in August and ends in July.

Installment Plan for All Other Communities | Nine (9) installments during the Academic Year, beginning in August and ends in April. Installment dates are as follows:

  • Fall installments: five (5) due on the 15th of August, September, October, November and December.
  • Spring Installments: four (4) due on the 15th of January, February, March and April.

Please Note:

  • Any payment received after the 20th of each month will be considered late and subject to a $20 late fee.
  • Financial Aid recipients with delayed disbursements will be held responsible for late fees unless the delay was a processing error by the Financial Aid office.
  • Even if you are not currently in room during winter break, the first installment for the Spring semester is still due on January 15th.
  • If you are a financial aid recipient, your January installment will have a financial aid deferment until the first financial aid disbursement day for the Spring semester. This is typically the third Wednesday of January. 

To view your account details, log onto the SF State Gateway. There you will find 'Account Activity', 'Due Now' and 'Future Payment' information. Refer to the Fee Schedule for installment amounts. 

How Much of a Resident’s Housing Costs Are Covered by Financial Aid?

Once you receive your space confirmation, log onto the San Francisco State Gateway and view the Fee Schedule to determine if your Scheduled Financial Aid Net Disbursement is enough to cover actual housing costs.

Do not assume your financial aid will pay all housing costs. Declining any part of the financial aid award, including student and parent loans, will likely result in the student paying Housing costs directly. 

Please Note: 

  • Because Housing and Financial Aid operate on slightly different timelines, it can be difficult to determine how much financial aid might go toward a resident’s charges.
  • If Financial Aid does not pay the total due for the semester, the student is responsible for paying the remaining installment balances based on the Fee Schedule.

Notification of Financial Aid

San Francisco State Office of Student Financial Aid will begin sending Financial Aid information to students in April, based on the date that the student submitted their FAFSA application and completed their “To Do List” requirements. Be sure to view your “To Do List” on your San Francisco State Gateway to ensure that your Scheduled Financial Aid Net Disbursement will be disbursed. Failure to complete your “To Do List” can result in a delay of a financial aid disbursement and late fees for housing installment charges. 

Scheduled Disbursement

Housing costs are paid only AFTER Tuition and Fees have been paid. Each semester, Financial Aid will attempt to pay tuition and fees first, then any balance from the disbursement will be applied to other University charges such as housing room installments and/or a housing meal plan installments.

First-Time Borrowers

Students who have accepted a federal Perkins loan or federal Direct loan (subsidized or unsubsidized), must complete their “To Do List” including the first-time borrowers Master Promissory Note and Entrance Loan Counseling. Refer to your San Francisco State Gateway to ensure that your loans disburse.

Parent PLUS Loan Program

If a student accepts the Parent PLUS loan as part of the Financial Aid award offered, a parent must be approved for the Parent PLUS loan via the Department of Education starting July 1. We suggest the parent with the best credit history apply for the loan. If denied, the parent can obtain an endorser. If an endorser cannot be secured, the student can request additional unsubsidized loan in writing at the Office of Student Financial Aid. Parent must follow all subsequent steps to ensure that the parent loan disburses. Refer to the “To Do List” found on the SF State Gateway to ensure that the Parent PLUS loan disburses.

Miscellaneous Fees

  • Non-Eligible Fees – Financial Aid Will Not Pay: Some charges included in the Housing costs are not eligible to be covered by Financial Aid fund. The housing fees not covered include:

o   Security deposit
o   Activity fee
o   Installment fee
o   Key fees
o   Parking fees
o   Damage and Notice fees
o   Late fees

  • Late Fees: Late Move-In – Moving in after the official move-in day for the semester is called a 'Late Move-In'. If a Late Move-In resident has already received their Financial Aid disbursement for the semester, they must use those funds to pay their housing charges according to the fee schedule and their Late Move-In documents.

For further assistance, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

If a third party has agreed to pay a  resident's housing installment charges and requires an official University invoice in order to generate a payment for the housing costs, Third Party Contract billing  will need to be set up. Third parties, such as bank bill pay, financial institutions or college funds that send automatic payments or family/relatives making payments that do not require an official University invoice are not eligible for Third Party Contract billing. 

To request Third Party Contract Billing, email housingfinancials@sfsu.edu with a subject line containing "Request for Third Party Contract billing". Once the Third Party Contract billing  is approved, the financial responsibility will be transferred to the third party and an official University invoice will be provided. 

Please Note:

  • If the third party fails to pay the University invoices by the end of each semester, the financial responsibility will be transferred back to the student.
  • Third Party Contract billing must be set up at the beginning of each semester and cannot be set up for the entire academic year. 

The online payment system is the fastest and safest way to pay your housing fees. For health and safety purposes due to COVID-19, it is also the preferred method of payment.

To Make an Online Payment

Please Note: A 2.65% fee is required for using the credit or debit card payment method. Paying by eCheck is free.


Pay in person at the Housing Business Office dropbox located outside the building at 800 Font Blvd. or at the Bursar's Office located at the Student Services Building (SSB). For hours of operation at the Bursar's office visit bursar.sfsu.edu.

Form of payment accepted:

  • Personal checks, cashier’s checks and money orders. Cash is only accepted at the Bursar’s Office window.
  • Make checks payable to “San Francisco State Housing.” Student name and San Francisco State ID number must be included on the face of the check. 

A personal check, cashier’s check or money order may be mailed to:

SFSU Housing Financial Services
750 Font Blvd., Suite 5000
San Francisco, CA 94132

Make checks payable to “San Francisco State Housing.” Student name and SF State ID number must be included on the face of the check. 

**Do not mail cash.

For Payment Questions

Housing Payment Related Inquiries:
Email housingfinancials@sfsu.edu

Financial Aid Related Inquiries:
finaid@sfsu.edu or call 415-338-7000

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