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Senior Citizen Exemption Office

Welcome to SFUSD's Senior Citizen Exemption Homepage!

In 2008 and 2010, the citizens of San Francisco approved two critical measures to support the San Francisco Unified School District: the Quality Teacher Education Act of 2008 and the School Facilities Special Tax of 2010. Both of these measures included an exemption for seniors living on the property provided they meet certain criteria. Please use this page as your resource for understanding one's eligibility for an exemption from these charges as well as the process to apply for and receive an exemption from school district.

In addition,  the Living Wage for Educators Act (LWEA) on the June 5, 2018 ballot - which will also provide critical funds for our city’s teachers - includes a provision for exemption for seniors who meet the following criteria: For the 2018-19 property tax, if a parcel received an exemption for QTEA in 2017-18, it will automatically be exempted from LWEA and QTEA, unless the owner contacts SFUSD and opts out from the exemption.

 Information for New Applicants  (Español | 中文)

Information for Renewal (Español | 中文)

*** Attention: Parcels that received an exemption from QTEA in 2017-18 AND continue to meet the eligibility criteria will be automatically exempted for 2018-19. Further, parcels that receive an exemption from QTEA will also automatically be exempted from LWEA.

If you wish to check your status, please email us at with your block and lot number. ***


How to get a 2018-2019 Application:

  • Printed applications are also available in our office at 135 Van Ness Ave, Room 112.
  • Download the Senior Citizen Exemption application form.


  • All applications and supporting copies of documents must be received by the SFUSD Senior Citizen Exemption Office by June 30, 2018 at 5 P.M.
  • No late application forms will be accepted.
Assessments for 2018 – 2019:
  • Quality Teacher & Education Act of 2008: $251.96
  • School Facilities Special Tax of 2010: $37.52
  • For Single Family Dwellings or $18.76 per unit in multiple unit complexes. 

Application Process