Financial Resources: California Financial Aid Programs
"In our laboratories and in the field, graduate students at Cal State East Bay are making exciting and practical contributions in a broad range of disciplines. The impact of Cal State East Bay research starts locally, but can be felt around the world."
-- Carl Bellone
Associate Vice President, Academic Programs and Graduate Studies, CSU East Bay
The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) administers a number of student financial aid
programs designed to assist California students. CSAC also serves as a guarantee agency for
the FFEL program. Information about the programs administered by CSAC
are available online.
The CSU maintains efforts to ensure educational opportunity for all students. In
addition to the significant state subsidy provided to all students who enroll at the
CSU, reflected by its low fee structure, the CSU also dedicates a significant amount
of its revenues to need-based grants each year.
State University Grant (SUG)
Provides need-based awards to cover a portion of the State University Fee for eligible
undergraduate, graduate, and postbaccalaureate students who are California residents.
Systemwide, the priority is to award a SUG at least equal to the amount of the State
University Fee to eligible students who apply for financial aid by March 2, who have an
expected family contribution (EFC) of $800 or less, and who are not receiving a Cal
Grant or other award designated to cover fees. Each campus has established local
awarding policies and priorities for these funds.
Annual CSU Student Research Competition
An annual CSU Student Research Competition provides students with the opportunity to
showcase a recently completed research project, make professional contacts, add to their
resume, and represent their CSU campus. This system-wide competition showcases excellent
research conducted by CSU students in the full range of academic programs offered by the
CSU. Cash prizes are awarded for the most outstanding presentations.
The availability and application procedures for institutional scholarships vary among the campuses.
Other Aid Programs
The availability of other aid programs varies among institutions. Several CSU campuses
have small institutional long-term loan programs, and a number of them currently participate
in the state Work-Study program.
Students should check financial aid information for the specific CSU campus(es) to
which they might apply for additional program information and application requirements.