Students with an affidavit on file with their CSU campus may be eligible for state and institutional financial aid. Students should apply for financial aid annually to determine their eligibility for the following programs:
Cal Grant A and B
Middle Class ScholarshipProvides undergraduate students, including students pursuing a teaching credential, with family incomes and assets up to $156,000 a scholarship to attend California State University (CSU) campuses.
State University Grant (SUG)Provides a need-based grant to help pay for the CSU Tuition Fee for eligible undergraduate and graduate students who are California residents or are otherwise determined as eligible. Systemwide, the priority is to award a SUG at least equal to the amount of the CSU Tuition Fee (in 2016-17 that was $5,472 for undergraduates, $6,348 for teaching credential and $6,738 for graduate students).
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Grant Provides assistance to economically and educationally disadvantaged undergraduates. Recipients must be California residents who are admitted to a CSU campus through the Educational Opportunity Program. EOP students may receive a grant, based on need, of up to $2,000 per year. Funding for this grant is very limited.
ScholarshipsAll eligible students may apply for scholarships administered by a CSU campus. Scholarships are free money that the student does not have to re-pay. Students may be required to meet certain academic and enrollment criteria. Students are encouraged to check their CSU campus website for more information on applying for a campus scholarship. Students interested in applying for scholarships not administered by their CSU campus should look at databases provided by their local high schools, local libraries, or campus Dream Centers.
For a list of private scholarships, visit the
Other Resources section.
California Dream LoanThe California Dream Loan is a subsidized loan program for enrolled undergraduate, credential and masters students with a valid California Dream Act application and a valid AB540 affidavit on file with their CSU campus. The California Dream Loan is borrowed money you must repay with interest. The interest rate for the California Dream Loan corresponds with the interest rate on Federal Direct Subsidized loans and is subject to change annually. The California Dream Loan does not accrue interest while you are enrolled at least half-time, during periods of approved deferment, and during the 6-month grace period before you enter repayment. You will be responsible for the interest charged at all other times.
For more information about the California Dream Loan please visit your CSU campus Financial Aid website.
Students who meet the nonresident tuition exemption requirements may be eligible for state and institutional financial aid.
Students who are U.S. Citizens or eligible non-citizens and are AB540 eligible should apply for financial aid using the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available as early as October 1. Some state and institutional financial aid requires the student apply before the March 2 California priority filing deadline. The application is available until June 30, but eligibility for some programs may be limited after March 2, due to limited funding.
Please note: All male students under the age of 26 are required to confirm that they registered for the
Selective Service to receive financial aid. If the student has a valid Social Security number, the student may register online. Students without a Social Security number may register in person at any U.S. Post Office. The CSU campus may request proof of selective service registration prior to awarding or disbursing financial aid.