Approximately half of SF State students depend on financial assistance and many work multiple jobs just to make ends meet. The SF State HOPE Fund - Help, Opportunity, and the Pathway to Empowerment - awards students with amounts commensurate with their financial need. Funds are awarded to cover educational expenses such as tuition, books, room and board, medical expenses and other life emergencies.

Many students experience traumatic life events such as the loss of parental support, abuse/violence, loss of a job, car break down, fire or natural disasters, which result in financial exigency and put students at risk of dropping out of school. The HOPE Fund provides support to enable students get back on the pathway toward graduation. Indeed, based on the University’s analysis, the Fund will often serve as the key difference between a student dropping out or remaining on track.

We ask all students who benefit from the HOPE Fund that if and when they are able to return the funds in the future that they do so. This is seen as their way of giving back to the fund so other students in need can be helped. No pressure is put on the students to return the funds, however, neither are penalties assessed if they choose not to do so.

Students in front of the SF State library

When I lost the financial support of my mother due to the loss of her job, I thought I might have to drop out of school. I was so close to graduating but had exhausted all of my financial options. When I saw the information on the SF State website about the HOPE Fund Crisis Loan I decided to apply. The loan helped me pay my tuition, buy books and even get a used laptop.

This help came right when I was getting very discouraged. My mom has since found a job and I’m on track to graduate in May.

HJ, Class of 2017

Students relaxing on the quad

Thank you SF State [HOPE Fund Loan], you truly lifted a huge weight off my shoulders. I am working hard as a single mother to get a degree to better my life and the life of my child. I have a learning disability that makes it even more challenging. I was so close to having to drop out which most likely would have been the end of my quest to be the first person in my family to graduate college.

The HOPE Fund Loan helped pay for a needed medical expense that was not covered by my insurance which allowed me to stay in school. Thank you!

LB, Class of 2017

Please give to the HOPE Fund to help students help themselves, especially in emergencies. Together, we can make a difference!

Sprouting seeds of HOPE (up to $999)

Please give your most generous contribution of $50, $100, $250 or more today to help support students in need.

Budding HOPE ($1,000 to $24,999)

A $1,000 contribution and above helps grow the fund and increase the pool of resources available to help students.

HOPE in Bloom ($25,000 and more)

A $25,000 contribution will establish an endowment, which will support students with emergency needs (awarding up to $1,000) in perpetuity.

Opportunities to establish named endowments, including those endowments intended for specific student needs, are also available.

To learn more about the HOPE Fund, please contact:

Funmi Vogt, Director of Development, Student & Academic Affairs
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, ADM 153
San Francisco, CA 94132
P: (415) 338-1193