Federal and State Grants
Federal Grant Programs
Federal pell grant
Federal Pell Grants are awarded based upon completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your Expected Family Contribution is used to determine your eligibility for this award, along with your Cost of Attendance and enrollment status. Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree or professional degree. The maximum Pell Grant award can change each year based upon Congressional funding levels. Students can receive up-to six-years of Pell Grant funding.
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Preference is given to Pell Grant recipients whose need cannot be met through federal grants or other financial aid programs. Grants range between $100 and $4,000 a year, based on financial need. Students interested in applying must file by the University's priority deadline.
State Grant Programs
The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) provides Cal Grant Awards to students meeting specific GPA and income levels. Students interested in applying for a first-time Cal Grant must file a FAFSA and a GPA Verification Form by March 2 prior to the start of the next academic year. Applicants who are ineligible to file the FAFSA due to citizenship status should file the California Dream Act application by March 2 for Cal Grant consideration. Typically, students can receive up-to four-years of Cal Grant funding.
Cal Grant A is a state-sponsored program designed to assist low and middle-income students with tuition and fees. Cal Grant A requires a 3.0 GPA or higher and specific income and asset levels that change each academic year.
Cal Grant B provides a living allowance and tuition assistance for low-income students. Awards for most first-year students are limited to an allowance for books and living expenses. When renewed or awarded beyond the freshman year, Cal Grant B also helps pay for tuition and fees. The awards for tuition and fees are the same as those for Cal Grant A. For Cal Grant B, your coursework must last at least one academic year.
Cal Grant B requires a 2.0 GPA or higher and specific income and asset levels that change each academic year.
For more information about additional Cal Grant requirements, visit the CSAC website or call 1-888-224-7268.