Financing Your Degree

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Financing Your Degree

The Department of Philosophy at SF State values our university’s role as a public institution and we are dedicated to providing a philosophical education to all those who desire and are qualified to receive it. Consequently, while we do not currently offer tuition remission, there are multiple ways that students can mitigate the already relatively low cost of attendance.

CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS can apply for:

OUT-OF-STATE APPLICANTS from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawai’i, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming: You pay in-state tuition!

  • For more on this: Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), a program that enables students in 16 Western states and territories to enroll in participating public graduate programs as nonresidents, yet pay the lower resident tuition rate
  • You can also apply for Scholarships posted on Academic Works (and described below).
  • You can apply for residency in your second year. If you do so, and if you apply on time and are eligible, you might also receive the State University Grant, which covers almost all tuition.
  • Read more on applying for residency.

OTHER OUT-OF-STATE APPLICANTS can apply for:

  • Provost Scholar Award, which reduces tuition to the (very low) in-state level.
  • You can also apply for Scholarships posted on Academic Works (and described below).
  • You can apply for residency in your second year. If you do so, and if you apply on time and are eligible, you might also receive the State University Grant, which covers almost all tuition.
  • Read more on applying for residency.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS can apply for:

COST OF ATTENDANCE:

These two websites will help you calculate your tuition and fees. (Note that students who are not paying in-state tuition will need to pay an additional $396 a unit.)

https://financialaid.sfsu.edu/coa2019-2020

http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/fees-financial-aid/fees-expenses/#graduatescheduleoffeestext

More details

1. Financial Aid

Students seeking the maximum in financial aid for Fall entry should submit a FAFSA by the end of February, even if they have not yet applied to the Philosophy M.A. program.

Students are often surprised to find how much assistance they are eligible for from the state and federal government. For example, State University Grants (SUGs) provide gift aid that covers almost the entire cost of tuition to eligible California residents (see below).

Filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is free and relatively painless, so we strongly encourage prospective students to file a FAFSA as early as possible (even if you haven’t yet decided whether or not to apply!). Visit the FAFSA government website to get started.

Another reason to get started on your FAFSA early is to avoid running up against important federal and state deadlines.

Our school code is:  001154

The university has put together a helpful guide to financial aid.

2. Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards

[Consult Academic Works for a complete list]

PHILOSOPHY GRADUATE STUDENT TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS

Thanks to a generous six-figure bequest from a former SF State M.A degree holder who went on to earn his doctorate, the SF State Department of Philosophy offers two scholarships:

  • Philosophy Graduate Student Tuition and Fee Scholarship for Fall Applicants: designed specifically for students who are applying as new MA students in Fall of the current academic year.
  • Philosophy Graduate Student Tuition and Fee Scholarship for Continuing Students: designed for students who are either San Francisco State Scholars or who started the MA program in the Spring of the current academic year.

The entire application process is administered online, through SF State Academic Works. No hard-copies of any document will be needed. Please start at the "Sign In" button and create your generic profile. Search for the " Philosophy Graduate Student Tuition and Fee Scholarship for Fall Applicants” and “Philosophy Graduate Student Tuition and Fee Scholarship for Continuing Students”" and begin applying.

Amount: Varies (often between $500 and $2000); can be used toward tuition and/or fees.

Application deadlines:

  • For Fall Applicants: March 2
  • For Continuing Students: April 15

JASON LOUIS ZARRI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is supported by contributions from the family and friends in honor Jason Zarri, former graduate student in the Department of Philosophy at San Francisco State.

View Jason's Obituary and Remembrances.

The entire application process is administered online, through SF State Academic Works. No hard copies of any document are required.

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 15

SILVERS 50th ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP AWARD IN PHILOSOPHY

Professor Anita Silvers was an institution in professional philosophy, and at San Francisco State University. She was a professor and chair of the Philosophy Department at SF State and a nationally recognized advocate for disability rights. Disabled by polio as a child, Silvers was a leading advocate for equality for persons with disabilities. On the faculty at SF State from 1967 to 2019, Silvers worked to make access and disability services available on California college campuses. In 1980, she was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve on the National Council for the Humanities, the governing board of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Silvers was regarded as an authority on medical ethics and bioethics, social philosophy and feminism. The Silvers Scholarship helps talented new scholars to develop their academic skills and pursue of the kind of intellectually engaged work that made Professor Silvers a remarkable activist and advocate for equality and justice.

The entire application process is administered online, through SF State Academic Works. No hard copies of any document are required.

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 15

PROVOST SCHOLAR AWARD

The Provost Scholar Award provides selected domestic, non-resident students with an out-of-state tuition waiver for one year (recipients pay in-state tuition for their first year). Please let us know if you are a domestic non-resident applicant and wish to be considered for the Provost Scholar Award. Awards are granted based an academic excellence, standardized test scores (if required for department admission), department-required essay or statement of purpose and letters of recommendation. Forward all information required by the department to the department for review. Awardees will be notified of the award by the Division of Graduate Studies. (Note: International Students are not eligible.)

CALIFORNIA PRE-DOCTORAL PROGRAM (Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars)

The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. Announcements and application forms are circulated early each spring. Students are selected by a committee of faculty from the California State University and the University of California. This is a one-time award. Current or former pre-doctoral scholars are not eligible to reapply.

GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT

The San Francisco State University Graduate Student Award for Distinguished Achievement is conferred on students who have earned a distinguished record of academic performance and contribution in the major field. Nomination for the award is based on criteria that are specified by the faculty in the respective graduate major subject areas. Academic achievement, contribution to the profession or discipline, to the department, college or university, or to the community are examples of student achievement that may be taken into consideration. In the Department of Philosophy, the graduate faculty chooses nominees for the award from departmental recommendations based on the top six GPA earners to the committee. One or two of the top nominees are then sent to the College of Liberal and Creative Arts. The award is ultimately determined by the College Graduate Advising Committee (i.e., all of the graduate coordinators).

OTHER FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

The SF State Fellowships Office keeps an extensive list of National and CSU fellowships and scholarships, many of which could be of interest to graduate students.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE LINKS

3. Teaching Opportunities

There are three types of teaching opportunities available to graduate students in the Department of Philosophy:

  • Projects in Teaching Philosophy (PHIL 717): students receive course credit for assisting faculty in large lecture classes,
  • Instructional Student Assistant (ISA) Positions: students assist professors for remuneration
  • Graduate Teaching Associateships (GTAs): students teach their own courses.
    • GTAs usually teach PHIL 110: Intro to Critical Thinking, however, advanced GTAs may be assigned sections of PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy, PHIL 105: Introduction to Philosophy and Religion, PHIL 130: Social and Political Philosophy, or PHIL: 160, Introduction to Philosophy of Art.
    • In assigning these courses, we strongly prefer GTAs who have assisted a faculty member with the course (or something similar) and who have related research interests.

Students who are interested in assisting faculty for credit or remuneration should contact the professor with whom they wish to work and submit an application (for a paid position) online. Those interested in GTA positions should fill out an application at the same link and submit it by the department deadline. The deadline occurs about a month before the end of the semester.

4. Housing

The cost of housing in San Francisco can be intimidating to some students, but there are a number of ways to mitigate these costs. For example, SF State makes on-campus housing available to many students and provides resources for finding affordable off-campus housing. Visit the main housing webpage for more information. The earlier you apply for on-campus housing the better! Finally, for those students planning to begin attending in the fall semester, the graduate coordinator overseeing admissions will put incoming philosophy graduate students seeking roommates in touch with one another via email.