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Graduate Students : Executive : EMBA Financial Aid Guidelines

This page contains summer 2014 financial aid instructions and information for Executive MBA students.

Financial Aid

When to Apply for Financial Aid

You may apply for financial aid once a year for each academic year (September to August). Financial aid disbursements are made twice a year, usually around mid-January and mid-August. EMBA student tuition fees are automatically deducted from your financial aid disbursement. Any remaining amount will be refunded to the mailing address we have on file for you.

For questions, please contact Barbara Hubler at

General Inquiries

For general inquiries regarding financial aid, please contact:

Financial Aid Office
phone: (415) 338-7000

Federal Student Loans

Financial aid in the form of federal student loans is available to qualified admitted EMBA students.

Types of Federal Student Loans

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized student loan – maximum $20,500 per year
  • Federal Graduate PLUS loan – maximum award = student’s cost of attendance – federal direct unsubsidized loan

Application Process for Federal Student Loans

Follow the steps to complete the FAFSA.

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that is available at
  2. List "SF State" to receive the results.
  3. Once you receive confirmation from the Federal Processor that your application has been processed and sent to SF State, you must contact Barbara Hubler (, director of the  financial aid office. The general University system does not recognize CEL, so Barbara must manually process financial aid for EMBA students.

Private Student Loans (non need-based)

EMBA students who do not wish to complete the FAFSA for federal student loan consideration may want to consider an alternative loan, such as P.L.A.T.O.

Students provide verification of enrollment to the lender, and the University is not involved either in certifying the loan application or disbursing the funds. Students receive funds directly from the lender.

Please call 1-800-GO-PLATO for more information.

Using private lenders is very simple and very similar to FAFSA except for one detail:

None of the private lenders forgive interest payments while the student is in school. However, most lenders will defer interest payments until graduation.

Application Process for Private Student Loans

  1. Inform Jeff Chun that you are seeking financial aid. He can be reached at the MBA office at
  2. Contact the lender of your choice and arrange for a loan
  3. Once you’ve been approved for your private loan, Keina Sanchez will certify your loan electronically (see Keina's contact information below)
  4. Contact Jeff Chun again to inform him you have completed the financial aid process
  5. The financial aid office will verify that you are enrolled in the EMBA program

SF State University Financial Aid Contact for Private Student Loans

Keina Banks Sanchez
Office of Student Financial Aid
Student Services Building
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132-4011
Phone: (415) 338-2612

Private Lenders References

Payment of Fees

Student fees for EMBA courses are processed through the College of Extended Learning and will be automatically deducted from your Financial Aid disbursement. Any remaining amount will be refunded to the address we have on file for you.

If you have secured a loan that will not cover your entire tuition payment, please be prepared to pay the remaining amount by June 26, 2014, to avoid late fees. 

All necessary steps for your financial aid package must be completed by April 22, 2014. Financial Aid recipients should continue to follow up with the Financial Aid office to remain up-to-date on their status and disbursement and to ensure that their application is complete with no disbursement holds.

If you do not complete all the steps in the Financial Aid process, or if your disbursement does not cover the full amount of your tuition, you run the risk of being dropped from your courses.

To avoid this, please use the information provided by the university to monitor your records: 

  1. Log-in to the SF State Gateway at
  2. Enter your SF State ID, then your SF State password
  3. Under Students
  4. Click on Financial/Jobs then view your financial aid award status.

For the current schedule, log in to your MySFSU page at

The financial aid counselor is Barbara Hubler, (415) 338-2611 or

Please be aware that the summer semester may have a different procedure for requesting financial aid than other semesters.

Special note: If for any reason there is a change in financial aid eligibility status and your financial aid is not approved, you will need to complete whatever steps are required to regain your deferment before you can be registered. If April 22, 2014, has passed, there will be a $25 late add fee per course.

If your disbursement is going to be later than normal, please understand that we will not be able to register you for courses until your financial aid application is complete. After April 22, 2014, a late add fee of $25 per course is always charged.


Students are responsible for following all policies and deadlines. It is important to review your schedule for accuracy before the add/drop deadline.

It is the student's responsibility to adhere to the EMBA semester deadlines. Please note that these deadlines may be different than those used by the University or the College of Extended Learning.

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