Students with an AB540 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
Chafee GrantIf you are or were in foster care between the ages of 16 and 18 as a dependent or ward of the court and have financial need, you may qualify for up to a $5,000 Chafee Grant per year for career and technical training or college.
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.
Students who meet the AB540 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 2nd California priority filing deadline. The application is available until June 30th, but eligibility for some programs may be limited after March 2nd, 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 valid Social Security number may register for Selective Service by checking a box on the California Dream Application or the student 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.