Federal Pell Grant
The Pell Grant is available to Undergraduate students who have not earned a Bachelor's or Professional degree. Award amounts are based on the student's level of financial need and enrollment status for each term. The maximum Pell Grant for the 2023-24 award year is $7,395. The maximum Pell Grant per term is $3,698 for Fall/$3697 for Spring.
The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) range for 2023-24 Pell Grant eligibility is 0 – 6,656. The EFC is an estimated measure of how much the student and his/her family are able to contribute towards the educational expenses for the current academic year. The federal processor uses the information reported on the FAFSA to calculate the EFC using a formula specified by law. Pell Grant award amounts will vary depending upon the student’s EFC.
Students must be enrolled full-time (12 units or more) to receive a full-time Pell Grant award per term. If the student is enrolled less than full-time, the disbursement will be prorated at the time of disbursement. As a result of any enrollment changes, the final Pell grant disbursement may increase or decrease. A decrease may result in a student bill.
|Unit Enrollment||Eligibility Percentage|
|9 - 11 units||75%|
|6 - 8 units||50%|
|1 - 5 units||25%|
Federal Pell Grant for Teaching Credential Students
Students officially admitted into a post-baccalaureate teaching credential program are required to be enrolled at least half time (6 units) in required credential courses each semester. Disbursement of the grant will occur after each semester's add/drop period, once our office has reviewed your course work to confirm that you meet all the criteria for disbursement. Conditionally admitted students are ineligible for Pell Grant funding.
Lifetime Limit for Pell Grants (Pell LEU)
Pursuant to federal regulations, a student's eligibility to receive a Federal Pell Grant is 12 semesters. This equates to a 6-year limit to receive Federal Pell Grant funds for undergraduate and teaching credential candidates. Pell Grant funds used as an undergraduate student "count" against potential Pell Grant eligibility as a Credential student.
For information on how the lifetime limits for Pell Grants are calculated for the "equivalent of six years" visit the Federal Student Aid website.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG):
This grant is awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Funding for this grant is very limited; first priority is given to students with the lowest Expected Family Contributions (EFC) who receive a Pell Grant and who apply by March 2 (priority application filing deadline). You must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units to receive the award.
California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) Grants
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. Cal Grant A recipients must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA to be considered for the grant in addition to meeting the appropriate grant income and asset ceilings established by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).
Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units. The maximum Cal Grant A award for tuition for the 2023-2024 award year is $5,742.
Cal Grant B
Cal Grant B is a need-based grant available to high-potential students from low-income, disadvantaged families to help offset tuition fee and other costs. Cal Grant B recipients must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA to be considered for the grant in addition to meeting the appropriate grant income and asset ceilings established by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).
For grant recipients in their first year, Cal Grant B pays an Access Award to assist with non-tuition costs (living expenses). The Access Award for the 2023-24 award year is up to $1,648. Recipients in subsequent years of study receive the stipend as well as an award to offset tuition fees. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units and the maximum Cal Grant B award for tuition for the 2023-24 award year is $5,742.
Cal Grant Access Award for Foster Youth
Current or former foster youth attending public institutions may receive additional Cal Grant benefits starting in the 2021-2022 award year. To qualify for the Cal Grant Access Award for Foster Youth, a student must meet eligibility criteria established by the California Student Aid Commission. Eligible Cal Grant A and B students may receive an access award of up to $6,000.
Cal Grant Access Awards for Students with Dependent Children
Cal Grant students who have dependent children may be eligible for a Students with Dependent Children (SWD) award of up to $6,000. The Students with Dependent Children (SWD) Grant increases the Cal Grant award by up to $6,000 for qualifying Cal Grant A and B recipients. To qualify, the student must have dependent children that are under 18 years of age for whom they provide more than half of their financial support during the academic year. More information about grant eligibility is available on the California Student Aid Commission website.
Cal Grant Fund Disbursement Proration Rules:
In accordance with the disbursement rules established by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC), Cal Grant funds must be prorated for students who are enrolled less than full-time 12 units. These proration rules apply to all programs – Cal Grant A, B, and B-Stipend. The proration rules for all Cal Grant programs are as follows:
|Unit Enrollment||Eligibility Percentage|
|9 - 11 units||75%|
|6 - 8 units||50%|
|1 - 5 units||Ineligible|
For more detailed information about CSAC awards, visit the California Student Aid Commission website.
Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) 2.0
The Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) 2.0 program provides Undergraduate and Credential students with a scholarship to attend Cal State L.A. Students are required to meet criteria and certain financial aid standards established by the California Student Aid Commission. For consideration, students are required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) before March 2nd. Award amounts will be based on the institution's Cost of Attendance and the following:
- Any other gift aid for which the student is eligible (i.e., federal, state, institutional, or scholarship aid)
- A self-help student contribution of $7,898 (applied to all students)
- A parent contribution for dependent students with a household income of over $100,000
These three factors collectively are referred to as a student’s “available resources.” These amounts are deducted from the student’s total cost of attendance to determine the MCS 2.0 award. Under this formula, award amounts will vary widely among students, with each award reflecting their costs and available resources. For more information visit the California Student Aid Commission.
The Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) 2.0 is enrollment based and will be prorated based on enrolled units at census.
|Enrollment Status||Units||Disbursement %|
|Three Quarter Time||9-11||75%|
|Less than Half Time||1-5||0%|
California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth (Chafee)
The California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth (Chafee Grant) awards up to $5,000 a year to eligible foster youth. To be eligible for the Chafee Grant, a student must meet specific criteria established by the California Student Aid Commission. To qualify, students will need to submit a Chafee Application to the California Student Aid Commission directly. For more information on how to apply visit the California Student Aid Commission.
Golden State Teacher Grant Program
The Golden State Teacher Grant program (GSTG) is a state-funded program administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). The Golden State Teacher Grant Program is currently available to students who are currently enrolled in a professional preparation program approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and working towards earning their preliminary teaching or pupil personnel services credential. The goal of the Golden State Teacher Grant Program is to assist and place educators at “priority schools” as determined by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
Interested students must apply for the Golden State Teacher Grant directly via the California Student Aid Commission at: https://gstg.csac.ca.gov/. Students selected for the Golden State Teacher Grant Program are required to commit to teaching at a priority school, in California for four years, within eight years after completing a teacher preparation program. Additional information about the Golden State Teacher Grant Program is available on the California Student Aid Commission website.
State University Grant (SUG)
The State University Grant (SUG) is awarded to California residents for payment of state tuition fees and is based on the level of financial need and the assessed State Tuition Fee each term. This grant will be reduced or cancelled if tuition fees are waived or paid by another source — including Cal Grants. The maximum SUG awards for full-time enrollment are listed below:
- Undergraduate students - $5,742
- Post baccalaureate Credential students – $6,660
- Graduate/Master’s students - $7,176
State University Grants (SUG) are based on financial need and annual funding with priority consideration given to eligible students who submit their FAFSA by the March 2nd deadline and have a zero ($0) Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
Dream Act filers must have filed the Dream Act application by the March 2nd priority deadline, have a zero ($0) Expected Family Contribution (EFC), and have an approved AB-540 non-resident tuition waiver on file with the University.
The following criteria are in effect for SUG eligibility determination.
Second Degree/Unclassified Status
The CSU provides SUG funding only for the completion of a student’s initial degree/credential at any educational level. Students who are pursuing a second degree (i.e., second Bachelor’s, second Master's, second Credential, or a second Ph. D.) or are admitted as an unclassified post-baccalaureate student are NOT eligible to receive SUG funding.
Minimum Enrollment Requirement
Students must be enrolled at least half-time each term to be eligible for disbursement. Final enrollment for each semester is determined at University Census.
- For Undergraduate students, enrollment in 6 or more units is required.
- For Credential Students, enrollment in 6 or more units is required
- For Graduate students, enrollment in 4 or more units is required (5000-6000)
Total Earned Units
The total earned units listed below will be used to determine your eligibility for a SUG disbursement. If your total earned units exceed the limits below for your academic career, you will no longer be eligible for the SUG grant and your award will be canceled.
Semester System (effective 2016-17):
150 or greater total earned units (Non-transfer students)
75 or greater total earned units at Cal State LA (transfer students)
Semester System (effective 2016-17):
30 or greater total earned units (include all prior credential programs and graduate transfer units)
Master’s and Doctorate students***
125% of the published requirement for degree (include all prior Master’s degree units, units earned through Extended Education, and graduate transfer units). To calculate your degree units, multiply the total units required by 1.25.
|SEMESTER SYSTEM (Effective 2016-17)|
|Degree Units Required||125% of Required Units|
|30 units required||37.50 units|
|32 units required||40 units|
|34 units required||42.50 units|
The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office is required to verify enrollment requirements, second-degree completion, and total earned units at each payment period or at the time of disbursement.
*The following types of units are not considered against the undergraduate total earned units:
- Pre-Baccalaureate or Remedial Coursework that does not carry baccalaureate credit
- Test Credit (AP, IB, etc.) and Military Credit
**The maximum does not include any units completed in a non-credential post-baccalaureate degree program.
***This maximum includes all earned units from the term of admission to a graduate degree program and any applicable transfer units. The maximum does not include units earned while classified as a Credential or Second-baccalaureate student.
Supplemental State University Grant
The Supplemental State University Grant is a need-based grant available to Undergraduate California Resident students or students with an approved AB-540 affidavit pursuing their initial undergraduate degree. Eligibility will be assessed annually based on a combination of EFC, completion of a FAFSA or DREAM application, SAP Policy, compliance with document deadlines, enrollment, and overall grant aid eligibility. The minimum enrollment requirement is 6 units per semester. Students enrolled below 6 units are ineligible for the Supplemental State University Grant Award.
The annual award maximum varies and will be based on available funding. The maximum award amount cannot exceed 50% of the assessed mandatory campus based fees for undergraduates. Undergraduate Students who are not assessed campus based fees OR whose mandatory campus fees are covered by another resource (e.g. third-party sponsorship) are ineligible for the Supplemental State University Grant.
Educational Opportunity Program Grant (EOP)
2023-24 Maximum Award Amount: $1,100
This grant provides assistance to economically and educationally disadvantaged undergraduates. Recipients must be California residents who are admitted to Cal State LA through the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). You must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units to receive the award. Students with EOP admission questions may contact Student Academic Services at (323) 343-4367. Funds are limited.