CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service

Applications are NOW OPEN! The application due date for the SFS Program is coming up on May 1st so submit your application ASAP! If you have any questions, contact the Cyber Security Center at or 909-537-7535. Be sure to visit with Tony Coulson in JB-282 during his office hours before submiting your application.

CSUSB provides students interested in cyber security and information assurance with the opportunity to apply for the Scholarship for Service program. Please review the CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service Application, academic program, and certificate programs that are available in Cyber Security.

Students do not have to be a scholarship recipient to major in these areas.

The CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service program is offered at CSUSB through a grant funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and co-sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Benefits of the CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service

The CyberCorps® program pays full tuition, books, and a stipend to attend CSUSB for 2 years or 3 years, for a student finishing a bachelor's degree and transitioning to a graduate program, prior to graduation. Students who participate in this program must work for the federal government in paid cyber security positions for 2-3 years (period equivalent to the length of the scholarship) after graduation. Awards are between $50-80k per student.

Eligibility Requirements

Students participating in the CyberCorps®: SFS program must be:

  • Enrolled in the final two-three years of a bachelor's, master's, at CSUSB
  • Attending school on a full-time basis (no outside employment) while receiving a scholarship under the SFS program
  • United States Citizenship or Permanent Resident
  • Eligible for federal employment
  • Able to obtain a security clearance

Obligations to the Federal Government

Recipients of the CyberCorps® must:

  • Complete the degree program successfully and on time
  • Complete a summer internship with a participating federal agency
  • Fulfill a one-for-one year commitment post-graduation (Students in a two-year program must complete 24 months of working for a federal agency)
  • Attend the annual CyberCorps®: SFS job fair in Washington DC (paid)

If a student fails to complete the period of scholarship or post-academic period of employment, that student must repay a prorated amount equivalent to the length of the period not served. For example, if a student receives funds for two years and serves for one-and-a-half years, he must repay 25% of the funds received.

Important Information

  1. What is CYBERCORPS: Scholarship For Service?
  2. Security Clearance
  3. CSUSB Student Admissions

For more information please contact Dr. Tony Coulson at


DoD IASP Scholarship Program

In 2001, the DoD IASP program was established to increase the number of qualified cybersecurity, information assurance, and information technology professionals tasked with protecting the nation's information infrastructure. This program gives regionally and nationally accredited Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education the opportunity to submit proposals to develop a grant-funded scholarship program at CSUSB. 

Students selected to participate in the Information Assurance scholarship program will receive the full cost of tuition as well as a monthly stipend ($22,500 for undergraduates and $30,000 for graduates) to cover room and board. In addition, all students selected must sign a written agreement to work for the DoD, for one calendar year for each year of scholarship assistance.

Students are also expected to attend internships with the DoD during the summer, which will be arranged by the DoD, while he/she is receiving scholarship funding. Internships do not count towards the 1-2 year obligation requirements after completing the scholarship program.

Applications are currently closed for the 2018-2019 school year.

If you are considering applying for the scholarship program for the academic year of 2018-2019, please fill out our Interest Form.

Eligibility Requirements

  • United States Citizen 18+ Older
  • Full-time CSUSB student (no outside employment while receiving the DoD IASP Scholarship)
  • Pursuing an academic program in Cyber Security at CSUSB 
  • Enrolled in the final one-two years of a bachelor's, master's, at CSUSB
  • 3.2+ GPA for undergraduate students or a 3.5+ for graduate students
  • Eligible for federal employment
  • Able to obtain a security clearance

Application Requirements

Please provide your resume, plus the following documents:

  • A separate 8.5x11 page with your name and school that highlights you recognitions, honors, and awards
  • A separate 8.5x11page assessment of your knowledge and ability of the 6 competency areas 
  • 2 letters of recommendation (professional and academic, addressing the following factors:
    • Relationship of the referee to you
    • The length of the relationship
    • An assessment of potential for academic success and fulfillment of degree requirement
    • An assessment of your knowledge and ability over 6 competency areas
  • Agreement to accept a federal appointment and intern assignment under the DoD or a federal hiring authority (preferences for employment agency or location are not guaranteed)
    • This requires students to agree to serve one year of service to the DoD upon graduation
    • Agreement to accept assignments that require travel or changes in duty station
  • Applicant must meet with Dr. Tony Coulson during their application process (please arrange an appointment by contacting or 909-537-5768)

Please use the CSUSB DoD IASP Scholarship Application provided below.