Student Financial Services Notice Regarding COVID-19

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CalFresh Workshop October 7

Depending on your household size and income, and which county you reside in, you may be eligible to receive up to $194 per month through the CalFresh program. This program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores. Applying for the program is easy and takes only about 10 minutes at

We want to extend you an invitation to a Pre-CalFresh Application Workshop, Wednesday, Ocotober 7, between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Register for this event, which will be hosted on Zoom.

Staff from both the Student Financial Services office and the Student Success Center will be available to provide information on the CalFresh program as well as on-the-spot assistance with the online application.  

If you are unable to make it to the Pre-Calfresh Workshop, the Student Financial Servcies office will be having drop-in advising for CalFresh applications every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. through the Student Financial Services Virtual Front Desk.

UCSF COVID-19 Relief Program for Students

UCSF students (who are currently enrolled, registered, and paying tuition/fees) are eligible to receive up to $1,000 for critical, temporary, and unforeseen financial hardships that result from the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are for needs over and beyond prior, baseline expenses and priority will be placed on those with the greatest need.

Financial grants do not need to be repaid and are not taxable, since COVID-19 is a “federally declared disaster” issued by the President of the United States, and the payments are therefore considered “qualified disaster relief payments” under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Applicants must have incurred expenses above and beyond prior, baseline expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligibility and allowable expenses are described under Emergency Funding.

Helpful links for employees, graduates and students on fellowship

Are you looking for information on submitting forms to select your repayment plan?  Contact your Loan Servicer.  Don't know who your loan servicer is?  Log into Student Aid to find out. 
Are you looking for a signature on a Graduate Fellowship Deferment Form?  Contact the program sponsoring your fellowship, the Student Financial Services office cannot complete section 4 of this form. 
Are you a UCSF employee looking for someone to sign off on your employment verification form for Public Service Loan Forgiveness? Find out how at UCnet Public Service Loan Forgivness Program

Sign Up for Direct Deposit

There are two forms of Direct Deposit and we recommend students sign up for both:

1) For Federal Direct Loans, please sign up for Direct Deposit through UCSF Afford. You should have received a registration email from If you cannot locate this email, please select the "Resend Registration Email" under the log in button.

2) For UCSF-funding (e.g. COLS, Emergency Loans etc.), please complete this form and submit to Student Accounting (the information for where to send the completed form is in the top-right corner on the form).

Failure to sign-up may result in the delays and inconveniences associated with mailing.