To further the CSU’s mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to all students,
the CSU launched the State University Grant (SUG) program in 1982-83 to assist students
with the greatest financial need. Each year, the CSU awards need-based grants to eligible
California residents and Dream Act applicants who enroll at CSU campuses in undergraduate,
postbaccalaureate, teaching credential, and graduate programs. Financial need is determined
by the Expected Family Contribution based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
application. Financial need is determined for Dream Act students through the California Dream
Act Application. The SUG program has grown considerably since its inception, from $4 million
in 1982-83 to $701 million in 2022-23. Over 140,000 students received a SUG award in 2020-21.
Currently, nearly nine percent of the CSU’s total operating budget is dedicated to financial aid
for students with the greatest need. The SUG program remains one of the largest commitments
in the CSU operating budget.