Grants and Scholarships

For continued eligibility of your financial aid awards, please see below for each specific award.

Students should complete the FAFSA (or Cal Dream Application) each academic year prior to March 2nd. Continuing students are not required to complete the CSS Profile after their first year.

Federal Pell Grant

To continue receiving Pell Grant each years, students must complete the FAFSA, meet the Expected Family Contribution requirements, and continue making Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students have up-to six years of Pell Grant eligibility. 

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

To continue receiving SEOG, students must complete the FAFSA prior to our priority filing deadline of March 2, show extreme financial need, and continue making Satisfactory Academic Progress. SEOG awarding is based on the amount of funding the school receives each year and is not guaranteed to continue.

Cal Grant

To continue receiving Cal Grant, students must complete the FAFSA, meet the Cal Grant income and asset ceilings each year, and continue making Satisfactory Academic Progress. Most students have up-to four years of Cal Grant eligibility.

The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) allows a student recipient to submit a written authorization to apply the Cal Grant B Access/Stipend award toward his or her student account charges at the university.  Please click here to access the authorization form.

Merit Awards

To continue receiving merit awards, students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress each year and must be enrolled full-time (12 units or more). Merit awards are awarded for up-to eight semesters and are tuition-only awards.

University Need-Based and Named Scholarships

To continue receiving these awards, students must complete the FAFSA prior to March 2, show demonstrated financial need, and maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher. Students must be enrolled full-time (12 units or more) to receive their university need-based aid. University need-based awards are typically awarded for up-to eight semesters. University need-based grants and named scholarships are tuition-only awards.


For information about continued loan eligibility, please review the loans page.

Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships are an efficient (and free) way to help finance your education. Visit our Outside Scholarships page for links and resources.