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Grants and Scholarships
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Cal Grant A eligibility for the Entitlement and Competitive grants is based on academic achievement and financial need. The grant is applied toward registration fees but may not cover full fees. CSUF Award Maximum: $5,472

Cal Grant B Entitlement and Competitive grants consist of a subsistence allowance and, for renewal recipients, an award for registration fees. Eligibility is based on demonstration of substantial financial need. CSUF Award Maximum: Subsistence, $1,473; Fees, $5,472

Educational Opportunity Program Grant (EOP) is a state funded program for undergraduate students with financial need who have been admitted to CSUF through the EOP Program. Eligible students must be California residents. CSUF Award Maximum: $800

Federal Pell Grant is the foundation of financial aid to undergraduates who demonstrate need. It is a federally funded program for U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens. CSUF Award Maximum: $5,645

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a federally funded grant that is available to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. Priority in awarding FSEOG funds must be given to Pell Grant recipients. CSUF Award Maximum: $800

State University Grant (SUG) is funded by the State of California to assist students with educational expenses. Students must be California residents and must demonstrate need. CSUF Award Maximum: $4,662 More...

Graduate Equity Fellowship This fellowship is funded by the California State University system to graduate students. Eligible students must be California residents, demonstrate financial need of at least $1,000, and be accepted into or continuing in a graduate program with at least a 3.0 GPA. CSUF Award Maximum: $2,500

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is a federally funded grant program which provides up to $3,760 a year to students who agree to serve at least four years as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. CSUF will only award Teacher Credential or CAL State Teach students for the 2013-2014 academic year. More...

Scholarships Although scholarships are awarded to honor outstanding achievement, many take financial need into consideration during the review process. Most applications are due the last Friday in February, and the recipients are selected during the spring semester for the next academic year. Full details regarding specific scholarship requirements and deadlines are in the Scholarship and Awards Bulletin, which is available the first week of December. A limited number of bulletins is available in the Office of Financial Aid, all Deans Offices and online. (also see left navigation menu for Scholarships link) CSUF Award Maximum: $100 - $5,000

Loans
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Federal Perkins Loan is a federally funded program providing long-term low-interest (5%) loans for students who demonstrate financial need. Interest does not accrue on the loan and there is no repayment while the student is enrolled at least half-time. Repayment begins nine months following graduation, withdrawal, or enrollment below half-time status. The amount available for CSUF students depends upon the repayments of previous CSUF borrowers and an annual federal allocation to the institution. CSUF Undergraduate, Graduate & Credential Candidate Award Maximum: up to $4,500.

Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are available to undergraduate, credential and graduate students enrolled in a minimum of 6 units who have completed a FAFSA.

PLUS is available to Parents of undergraduate students who have completed a FAFSA, and are enrolled in a minimum of 6 units.

GRAD PLUS is available to graduate students who have completed a FAFSA and are enrolled in a minimum of 6 units.

Emergency Loans are available for unexpected expenses related to college attendance and are not available to use for fee payment. Students must demonstrate the ability to repay the loan, have no outstanding obligations with the university and be enrolled in at least 6 units. Loan maximum is $500; repayment is due 45 days later.

Employment Opportunities
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Federal Work-Study (FWS) This federally-funded program provides employment opportunities to students with financial need. Students receive an allocation of funds to be earned through part-time employment. The hourly wage will depend on the type of job performed. Students can take advantage of this employment opportunity to work in areas related to their studies or career plans. Click here to search for FWS jobs.

If you are not eligible for Federal Work Study, you might want to look into non-Financial Aid employment such as:

Student Assistant Employment Student assistants must be enrolled in one unit or more per semester in the CSU, regularly attending classes, and in good academic standing leading toward a degree. Most student employees may work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year, plus additional hours during academic breaks. In some cases, students may work 40 hours per week. Generally, summer student employees may work up to 40 hours per week.

 

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