HOPE Fund Crisis Loan

At SF State, students from all walks of life live their dreams of academic success, but an unexpected crisis can derail hope and leave a student in a critical situation (e.g., sexual/domestic violence, theft, fire, illness etc.)

To help students manage a crises, SF State has established the SF State HOPE Fund (HOPE = Help, Opportunity & Pathway to Empowerment), a fund that assists students with financial support when they need it most. This fund supports students who are undergoing a crisis that leaves them in  situation that is beyond their control. Receiving help from the HOPE Fund could be the deciding factor that allows a student to stay on track to graduation. Students who receive assistance will realize that they’re not alone, that someone cares.


  • Student must show evidence of the need and be enrolled (full or part time) at the time of the loan application and in good academic standing.
  • If applying between semesters, student must have been enrolled during the previous term and be enrolled for the following term.
  • Loan is expected to be paid back (ideally before graduation) but no interest or penalty will be assessed if the loan is not paid back in a timely manner.
  • Funds can be used to cover educational expenses, including but not limited to tuition/fees, books/supplies, as well as medical/mental health expenses not covered by health insurance.
  • Special consideration will be given to upper division undergraduate students.

TO APPLY: Click here

For more information, contact Kathleen Kelly, Assistant to the Interim Associate Vice President & Dean of Students at kakelly@sfsu.edu or (415) 338-6773