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State University Grant (SUG) Program

The State University Grant (SUG) program provides need-based awards to eligible undergraduate and graduate/postbaccalaureate students who are California residents or otherwise determined as eligible, such as AB 540-eligible students. When you apply for financial aid via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act application (CADA) you are considered for a SUG by your campus.

Systemwide, the priority is to award a SUG at least equal to the amount of the State University Fee ($5,742 for undergraduates; $6,660 for students in teaching credential programs; and $7,176 for graduate and postbaccalaureate students for 2017-2018) to eligible students who apply for financial aid by March 2; who have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $4,000 or less; and who are not receiving a Cal Grant or other award designated to cover fees.

The number of units a student has earned also affects SUG eligibility. Undergraduates in most programs may receive SUG for up to 150 units.

Transfer students are reviewed for eligibility based on the number of units transferred. Graduate and credential students are also limited based on their program length. Each CSU campus has established local awarding policies and priorities for these funds.