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National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Athletic Grants-In-Aid

These grants are administered through the athletic department. A student with exceptional athletic talent may be eligible for a grant to cover a portion or all the cost of education. For further details contact the athletic department.

Federal Pell Grant

If you are an undergraduate student working towards your first Bachelor's degree you may be eligible for a Pell Grant. You must meet federal regulation standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). The annual amounts range from $692 to $6895 for the 2022-2023 academic year. The award amount is determined based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), the Cost of Attendance (COA) and your enrollment status each term. All undergraduate students automatically apply for this Grant by submitting the FAFSA®.

State University Grant (SUG)

To be considered for SUG, you must meet California state residency requirements and you must be enrolled at least half-time (6 undergraduate units each term).  You must meet federal regulation standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). You must be pursuing an undergraduate degree and have not exceeded 225 combined transfer and CSUSB earned units to be considered for a SUG award. The maximum award is up to the tuition fee cost and the award amount is determined based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from your FAFSA. Campus-based fees are not covered by SUG.  You may not receive SUG if you are receiving another type of aid that pays your tuition fee costs.

If you are enrolled through the CSUSB College of Extended Learning you are not eligible to receive a SUG award.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is designed to assist undergraduate students. The estimated average annual award is $750. You will be considered for an SEOG award if you are a student with exceptional financial need who applies for financial aid through the FAFSA.  You must meet federal regulation standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). The CSUSB Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is responsible for selecting the recipients of this award and for determining the amount of the award based on computed need.

Educational Opportunity Program Grant (EOPG)

This grant provides assistance to economically and educationally disadvantaged undergraduates. To be considered for this award, you must be a California resident who is admitted to CSUSB through the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Eligibility is determined by the criteria of the federal financial aid programs. You must meet federal regulation standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). You must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units to receive the award.  If you have EOP admission questions, you may contact their office at 909-537-5042.

Bureau of Indian Affairs Grant

Bureau of Indian Affairs Grants provide money to help defray the costs of education for students of Native American heritage. A student may apply who:

  1. is certified by a tribal agency to be at least one-fourth American Indian, Eskimo, or Aleut;
  2. has unmet financial aid eligibility;
  3. is working toward a graduate or undergraduate degree;
  4. completes all of the application requirements.

Although the CSUSB Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will provide assistance in filing the application, eligible students should contact the Bureau of Indian Affairs local office for a record of their tribal background. The Bureau of Indian Affairs agency and/or area office is responsible for review and processing of post secondary education requests. For more information visit the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) Grants

Cal Grants are grants provided by the State of California for undergraduate students. The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) funds and administers the preliminary awards based on your submission of a GPA Verification Form to CSAC and based on your information provided by you on your FAFSA.  There are two types of Cal Grants administered at CSUSB:  Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B.  CSUSB validates the final eligibility for a Cal Grant A or B award and notifies CSAC.  To be validated for a Cal Grant, you must meet federal regulation standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), you must be a California resident, and be enrolled in and/or paying California college fees.  You must meet CSAC income and asset ceiling requirements.  You are required to enroll at least half-time (6 undergraduate units each term).  If you limit your enrollment to less than full time (less than 12 undergraduate units each term), your Cal Grant must be reduced each term to the amount of Tuition Fees.  Non-California residents are encouraged to inquire with their state of residence as to the availability of state programs.


Cal Grant A

Cal Grant A provides need-based grant funds to low and middle-income students to offset tuition/fee costs for students. Eligibility is based on grade point average and financial need. The amount of the award is based on the number of units the student is enrolled in (at least 6).

Cal Grant B

Cal Grant B provides need-based grant funds to high-potential students from low-income, disadvantaged families to help offset tuition/fee and other costs.

  1. For grant recipients in their first year, Cal Grant B pays a subsistence stipend (living allowance) to assist with non-tuition costs (living expenses, books, etc.).
  2. Recipients in subsequent years of study receive the stipend as well as an award to offset fees.

California State Aid Commission WebGrants 4 Students(WGS)

Middle Class Scholarship (MCS)

The Middle-Class Scholarship provides undergraduate students, including students pursuing a teaching credential with a scholarship to attend University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) campuses. Students with family income and assets up to $217,000 may be eligible.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • California resident or have an approved AB540 status with CSUSB
  • U.S. Citizen, eligible non-citizen or qualify for aid under CA Dream Act
  • Meet certain income/asset and other financial aid standards
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Complete a FAFSA or CADAA application by March 2nd deadline.

Award Amounts:

Scholarship award amounts vary by student and school and are determined by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). Award amounts are based on the student’s institutional cost of attendance and a students’ available resources, which includes “gift aid” (grants, scholarships, outside resources, etc.) that the student is eligible for, a self-help contribution and parental contribution, if applicable.   If a student is awarded any other aid after MCS has been awarded, this may affect the MCS eligibility and the award may be adjusted accordingly.

The final award amount will also be based on your unit enrollment and students must carry at least half time (6 units) enrollment to be eligible.  MCS disbursements are released after final enrollment confirmation at census date of each term.  If you remain eligible you will receive your MCS refund 7-10 business days after census date.

MCS amounts may be reduced at any time during the academic year if CSAC determines that the funds appropriated by the state are insufficient to cover the cost of the projected MCS awards across all CSU and UC campuses.

For more information about the program and eligibility requirements, visit the California Student Aid Commission's site about the Middle Class Scholarship.


Chafee Grant

To apply, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), students must also complete and submit the California Chafee Grant Application, which is available online at California Chafee Grant or by calling toll free (888) 224-7268, press 3.

Child Development Grant Program

The Child Development Grant Program is need-based and designed to encourage students to enter the field of child care and development in a licensed children's center.

California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program (CNG EAAP)

If you are active member in the California National Guard, the State Military Reserve, or the Naval Militia, you may be eligible for a state-funded program designed to provide an educational incentive to improve your skills, competencies, and abilities. The award is up to the maximum of a CalGrant A award for up to 4 years.

For more detailed information regarding eligibility and program guidelines please visit the California Student Aid Commission website.

Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant Program (LEPD)

The Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant Program provides need-based educational grants to dependents and spouses of: California Peace Officers (highway patrol, marshals, sheriffs, police officers); Department of Corrections and California Youth Authority employees; and permanent/full-time Firefighters who were employed by public entities who have been killed in the performance of duty or totally disabled as a result of an accident or injury caused by external violence or physical force incurred in the performance of their duty.

Grant awards match the amount of a Cal Grant award and range from $100 to $12,192 for up to four years. Applications are accepted throughout the academic year. For further information, please contact the Specialized Program Unit at (888) 224-7268 or online at California Student Aid Commission website.


California Emergency Grant

The California Emergency Grant is designed to provide aid to eligible students who are struggling with a personal crisis or an emergency situation. Qualified students may receive assistance in the form of a single (one-time) award for the 2021-2022 academic year. These awards are not loans, and students are not expected to repay.

Students who are able to demonstrate an emergency financial need can submit an electronic application for consideration on the Basic Needs website.

Examples of emergency situations that may qualify are:

  • Loss of Employment or Work Hours
  • Food Insecurity
  • Housing Insecurity or Homelessness
  • Unexpected Transportation or Car Expenses
  • Childcare Expenses
  • Medical Expenses

To be eligible a student must meet the following conditions:

  • Enrolled in at least 6 units
  • Demonstrate emergency financial need, including loss of employment
  • Based on your financial aid application have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) between $0 and $5,486 and the applicant must have unmet need within their 2021-2022 financial aid award.
  • Have either
    • GPA of 2.0 in one of the previous 3 semesters at CSUSB or prior institution OR
    • Student is disabled and receiving additional support or services through campus program for disabled students

If you have a financial emergency, you are encouraged to complete the Emergency Grant Application and provide supporting documentation for your situation.

Due to high demand we are no longer accepting applications at this time. If you previously applied for this grant please allow 6-8 weeks to process your request. For question contact Basic Needs at

Processing time is approximately 3-4 weeks and may be delayed if sufficient documentation is not provided. Please read through the application carefully and answer each question with as much detail as possible.

The amount of award may be no more than the documented emergency – and in many cases may only cover a portion of the request.

If you have questions about the Emergency Grant program, contact the CSUSB Basic Needs program at or 909-537-3663.