Types of Aid

Financial Aid is available to students in the following categories.


Eligibility for grants is based on financial need as determined by information provided on the FAFSA or CADAA. We automatically consider your eligibility for federal and state grants when reviewing your financial aid application. Many California residents at Cal State L.A. benefit from the Cal Grant program. All grant funds are disbursed to GET at the beginning of each semester. Review our grant information for more details. 

Student Employment

Work-Study is a need-based form of Financial Aid that you earn through employment. You will receive payment in the form of a paycheck.  Review our Work Study information for more details. 


Scholarships are designed to reward, encourage, and assist students pursue academic excellence and leadership roles.  Additional criteria, such as campus or community activities, volunteer work, work experience, and financial need are considered during the selection process. As a continuing student, it is important for you to look for scholarships that can help reduce the amount you need to work and borrow to fund your education. New opportunities arise as you enter your major, take up new activities, or join college organizations. We encourage students to search for scholarships throughout their time at Cal State L.A. Review our Scholarship information for more details. 


Cal State L.A. encourages students to exhaust all other forms of financial aid before applying for student loans.  Students whose total financial need cannot be met by grants, other campus-based aid or outside resources, may apply for student loans. Review our Loan information for more details.