State University Grant Program

The State University Grant (SUG) Program is an important source of financial assistance for CSU students. Since its inception in 1982-83, the SUG program assists students with the greatest financial need. The CSU awards these need-based grants to eligible California residents and DREAM applicants who enroll at CSU campuses in undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, credential, and graduate programs. Financial need is determined by the expected family contribution based on the FAFSA application. 

For the first ten years of the program, the state funded SUG awards. However, since 1992-93, the CSU funded the SUG program by setting aside a portion of new revenue generated from increases in tuition. SUG award amounts have increased in relation to systemwide tuition, growing from $4.0 million awarded in its inaugural year to $700.9 million projected in 2019-20. Currently, the SUG program is about 10 percent of the total CSU operating budget, demonstrating the CSU’s commitment to keeping student costs to a minimum. 

​State University Grant
Inception 1982-83
​​Budgeted 2019-20