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CSUSB Graduate Equity Fellowships

CSUSB Graduate Equity Fellowships are available to graduate students with financial need who are economically disadvantaged and who have had success in overcoming educational disadvantages. Students may be awarded up to $2,000 in fellowships and a graduate assistantship in their department.

Applicants must file the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) and complete the CSU Graduate Equity Fellowship (GEF) application.  A GEF paper application is available in the Graduate Studies Office (CH-123). Three letters of recommendation are needed from faculty and transcripts of previous work must be on file.

State University Grant (SUG)

Students enrolled through The CSUSB College of Extended Learning are not eligible to receive a State University Grant (SUG).


Eligibility criteria:

  1. Must be a California resident;
  2. Admitted into classified Master’s program (conditionally classified does not meet criteria);
  3. Enrolled in 4 units of 500+ level courses or more;
  4. Enrolled in a first Master’s program (Student not eligible if enrolled in a 2nd Master’s program or beyond);
  5. Meet the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) range; and
  6. Cannot accumulate more than 125% of units required to earn Master’s degree, e.g. a Master’s student who has earned more than 57 units towards a 45 unit Master’s degree program will no longer be eligible for a SUG award.

The maximum annual SUG award is up to the tuition/fee, and SUG does not cover additional campus charges. SUG funding is limited and based on availability of funding at time of review of a student’s financial aid record.  Students receiving another type of scholarship, fee waiver or grant that pays for fees are not eligible to receive SUG.

2nd BA

Students enrolled in a 2nd BA degree are not eligible for a State University Grant (SUG).

Graduate Business Grant

The Graduate Business Grant assists needy students to meet the cost of the Graduate Professional Fee assessed by California State University professional business graduate programs. The per-unit fee is charged for required courses taken by graduate students enrolled in MBA or MSA Professional Programs. 

Eligibility for the Graduate Business Grant will be determined by CSUSB, using guidelines established by the CSU Board of Trustees.

General Qualifications for the Graduate Business Grant

Students must meet the following conditions in order to qualify:

  • Have filed a FAFSA or CADAA for the current academic year
  • Have an official EFC that is not greater than 60 percent of the annual Cost of Attendance for a graduate student
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have eligible non-citizen status
  • CADAA applicant must meet AB540/AB2000/SB68 guidelines
  • Be a California resident for fee payment purposes
  • Be enrolled at least half-time
  • Have been assessed a Graduate Business Professional Fee
  • Meet standard eligibility criteria for all Federal Title IV financial aid, such as not being in default on a student loan, having financial need, and maintaining satisfactory academic progress

Award Information

  • The actual Graduate Business Grant award is determined by the total amount of state funding, expected family contribution (EFC), and the total number of CSUSB eligible students.
  • The maximum Graduate Business Grant shall be the amount of the Graduate Business Professional Fees assessed.

How to Apply and Determination of Student Eligibility

  • Students apply by completing the FAFSA or CADAA.
  • Confirmation of eligibility will be calculated automatically using financial aid and enrollment information. If the student has been determined eligible for the grant, it will be awarded and an email will be sent to their CSUSB email account.

Graduate Business Grant Awarding Timeline

Since this award requires verification of specific enrollment and assessed fee criteria, eligibility will be determined after CSUSB Census each term. Graduate Business Grants funds will disburse when student meets all eligibility requirements.

Check your Student Center Account Inquiry section for any changes to your financial aid.  Federal regulations require that a student's combined aid and other resources cannot exceed the student's cost of attendance.