Financial Aid

A.C.T. offers a limited number of need- and merit-based scholarships to students enrolled in San Francisco Semester. While no federal or state aid—such as a Pell Grant or a Stafford Loan—is available for the SFS, A.C.T. can work with your current college to develop a consortium agreement if you are eligible.

Students applying for an A.C.T. scholarship must:

  1. complete their SFS enrollment application package and
  2. submit an online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (available at by no later than two (2) weeks after submitting their application package. Although the SFS is not eligible for federal or state aid, we use the FAFSA in order to assess student eligibility for A.C.T. scholarships.
    A.C.T.'s school code is: 014545.
  3. Private educational loans are also available if you qualify.


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If you have any questions, please contact A.C.T.’s financial aid office at 415.439.2411 or email

View the 2020 San Francisco Semester student budget.

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Application Info


SFS: Fall 2021—

Early-bird (save $2500 on tuition) applications due: 
April 16, 2021

For most serious consideration, apply by:

May 16, 2021

International students deadline:

July 16, 2021

Registration and Orientation:

August 27, 2021

Classes Begin:

August 30, 2021

Classes End:

December 10, 2021



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