HOPE Crisis Fund





What is HOPE Crisis?

Help, Opportunity, & Pathway to Empowerment

At SF State, students may find unexpected life events or a circumstance that occurs in an unforeseen manner (and out of control of the student). To help students manage these types of crises, SF State has established the SF State HOPE Crisis Fund (HOPE = Help, Opportunity & Pathway to Empowerment), a fund that assists students with financial help when they need it most to keep them on track to graduation. Students who receive assistance from the HOPE Crisis Fund realize that they’re not alone, that someone cares. 

Thank you to our many donors, including SF State alumna Neda Nobari (B.S., '84), philanthropist Kathy Kwan, the Genentech Foundation, and the SF State Foundation. And thank you to the hundreds of donors who have supported the Campaign for HOPE, including some of those who were past HOPE Crisis Fund recipients themselves. You can donate to the HOPE Crisis Fund here


For the purpose of Spring 2021, HOPE Crisis is focused on not only supporting students in crisis but also students who are experiencing hardship as a result of the Coronavirus-Covid19 global pandemic. Please read the guidelines below carefully and determine if HOPE Crisis funding is an appropriate application for you.


ATTENTION: Due to the extraordinarily large number of applications during COVID-19, please allow approximately 6-8+ weeks for application review and processing time.






  • At a minimum, it could take about 6-8+ weeks for application review;
  • There are small, limited funds available;
  • The HOPE fund only has access to limited to funds on a semester basis. The criteria may change based on the current situation at any given time.

We STRONGLY encourage students to continue seeking additional resources while any HOPE Fund application is pending review.




Timeline for HOPE Crisis Review

We are making every effort to respond to HOPE Crisis applications in a timeline manner. As such, there is one day each week when HOPE Crisis applications will be reviewed. Please make sure to consult the following weekly timeline for HOPE Crisis applications. Applications are reviewed using an equity model. You may only submit one application at a time for consideration. Awards are allocated to students once.


For HOPE Crisis applicants, each week, applications are DUE by 3:00PM on Mondays for that week’s review. HOPE Crisis application review will occur on Tuesdays unless there is a circumstance that prevents the committee from meeting. HOPE Crisis decision emails will be sent to all weekly applicants by close of business on Wednesdays



  • Students may only submit one HOPE Crisis application at a time;
  • Students are eligible HOPE Crisis funds once, unless an extenuating circumstance warrants otherwise;
  • Applications will be reviewed based on an equity model. Students with the greatest need will take priority in application review;
  • Disbursed funds will be the key difference between a student remaining on track to graduation;
  • Maximum disbursement of funds will be $600 or less, unless an extenuating circumstance warrants otherwise;
  • Student must show evidence of the need and be enrolled (full or part time) at the time of the loan application and in good student standing (academic and disciplinary);
  • If applying between semesters, student must have been enrolled during the previous term and be enrolled for the following term;
  • Recipients of this fund are not required to pay back the awarded monies, but are instead, encouraged to make a donation, of any dollar amount, to this fund when they are able, as a means to continue to offer this type of crisis support to future SF State student.
  • If approved, the HOPE Crisis Fund recipient will be sent required paperwork to fill out. The expediency of having checks issued will depend on the ability of the recipient to return the required paperwork. 


*Please also note: SF State fosters a campus free of sexual violence including sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and/or any form of sex or gender discrimination. If you disclose a personal experience as an SF State student in your application, the application reader is required to notify the Title IX Coordinator by completing the report form available at http://titleix.sfsu.edu, emailing vpsaem@sfsu.edu or calling 338-2032.


To disclose any such violence confidentially, contact: The SAFE Place - (415) 338-2208; http://www.sfsu.edu/~safe_plc/ or Counseling and Psychological Services Center - (415) 338-2208; http://psyservs.sfsu.edu/. For more information on your rights and available resources: http://titleix.sfsu.edu;