Financial Crisis Support

HOPE Response Team (Financial Crisis Support)

HOPE connects SF State students experiencing a financial crisis, that could potentially derail their educational success, with resources, referrals, and solution pathways. HOPE’s goal is to help students overcome an unexpected financial crisis and remain on track to graduate. 

HOPE is a collaboration between the Dean of Students Office, Financial Aid and Food+Shelter+Success, SF State’s Basic Needs Initiative.

Request forms are currently paused and will resume on August 22, 2022.


HOPE provides support based on a student’s individual needs. Common support includes:

  • One-time emergency funding
  •  Referrals to on-and-off campus departments, programs and resources
  •  Support navigating University barriers

Please note HOPE emergency funding provides small, one-time awards.

We encourage all SF State students in need to reach out for support. HOPE Response is here for students experiencing a financial crisis that could derail their path toward SF State graduation.

Basic eligibility requirements for most services include:

  • A student must be enrolled at SF State University in the current, or upcoming semester
  • A student must be experiencing an unexpected financial crisis, that has the potential to derail their educational opportunities
  • A student must explore other forms of support or resolution prior to requesting HOPE support
  • Other eligibility requirements may apply

As a reminder, the following expenses are expected as part of your academic journey and do not automatically qualify for HOPE Response support:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Housing/food/Living expenses
  • Books and school supplies
  • Technology for school
  • Travel/transportation/commuting expenses (check out the Gator Pass for info on transit benefits!)

HOPE Response encourages students who are experiencing a financial crisis to reach out for referrals and resources. The team will review and respond to all applicants

Request forms are currently paused and will resume on August 22, 2022.

Request forms are currently paused and will resume on August 22, 2022.

If you are experiencing a crisis that needs immediate attention, for example, you do not have a safe space to sleep tonight, please email