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Grants for Undergraduates

Review a list of grants available to undergraduate students, and learn how to apply for them.

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Notes:

  • File your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application if AB540 eligible and cannot submit a FAFSA, by March 2 each year to be considered for grants, which are all based on financial need.
  • Submit any additional documents requested by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office before the May 21 deadline.
  • Any other application requirements are listed below, under each specific grant type. Each type of grant may have its own eligibility requirements.
  • The grant amounts listed in the table below are estimates, and depend on available funding.

Effective for Fall 2016 Admits:
The university is unable to provide university grant or scholarship support to Non-California Residents.

Grant types and details:

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Cal Grant A

Annual amount: Pays systemwide registration fees ($12,294 for 2016-2017)

Funded by: State of California (California Student Aid Commission)

Note: Amounts are set by the State government and are subject to change at any time. You must be enrolled full-time (12 or more units) to receive the full grant award.

How to apply:

  1. File your FAFSA  or California Dream Act Application if AB540 eligible and cannot submit a FAFSA, by March 2 and file any requested documents by May 21.
  2. If you're already in college and are applying for a new Cal Grant, submit the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form before March 2.

Note: Additional documents may be requested from the Commission after a new Cal Grant is awarded. Failure to provide the documents will result in a loss of the Cal Grant. UCSD will not be able to replace lost Cal Grant with other university funding (grants, work study, loans).

More information:

If you're enrolled in less than 12 units, you'll receive a reduced amount of the Cal Grant fee award:

  • 6-8 units = 1/2 the amount
  • 9-11 units = 3/4 the amount
  • 12+ units = the full amount


Cal Grant B

Annual amount: Pays systemwide registration fees ($12,294 for 2016-2017) and a subsistence stipend ($1,670). For the first year, you receive only the subsistence stipend.

Funded by: State of California (California Student Aid Commission)

Note: Amounts are set by the State government and are subject to change at any time. You must be enrolled full-time (12 or more units) to receive the full grant award.

How to apply:

  1. File your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application if AB540 eligible and cannot submit a FAFSA, by March 2 and file any requested documents by May 21.
  2. If you're already in college and are applying for a new Cal Grant, submit the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form before March 2.

Note: Additional documents may be requested from the Commission after a new Cal Grant is awarded. Failure to provide the documents will result in a loss of the Cal Grant. UCSD will not be able to replace lost Cal Grant with other university funding (grants, work study, loans).

More information: 

If you're enrolled in less than 12 units, you'll receive a reduced amount of the Cal Grant fee and stipend awards:

  • 6-8 units = 1/2 the amount
  • 9-11 units = 3/4 the amount
  • 12+ units = the full amount

Federal Pell Grant

Annual amount: $588 to $5,775

Lifetime Limit: Six years (18 quarters) or the equivalent. This includes amounts received at other colleges.

Funded by: U.S. Department of Education (Federal Student Aid)

More information: 

If you're enrolled in less than 12 units, you'll receive a reduced amount of the Pell Grant:

  • 6-8 units = 1/2 the amount
  • 9-11 units = 3/4 the amount
  • 12+ units = the full amount

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Annual amount: $200 to $4,000

Funded by: U.S. Department of Education (Federal Student Aid)

University grants: Opportunity Grant (OG) and Grant-In-Aid (GIA)

Annual amount: Varies depending upon need

Funded by: University of California

University grant: Blue and Gold Opportunity Grant

Annual amount: Varies depending upon the total amount of your gift aid; if your existing gift aid from all other sources does not cover your systemwide UC fees, the Blue and Gold grant will make up the balance.

Funded by: University of California

To be eligible for the Blue and Gold Opportunity Grant, you must:

  • Demonstrate income of less than $80,000 with financial need, as determined for federal need-based aid programs
  • Be a California resident
  • Be in your first 4 years of attendance at UC (or your first 2 years if a transfer student) Meet other basic eligibility requirements for need-based financial aid
  • Apply for Cal Grant by submitting the Cal Grant GPA Verification to the Cal Grant Program

More information:

UC Blue and Gold Opportunity plan

Summer Session grants

For more details on UCSD summer grants, see types of UC Summer Session financial aid and learn how to apply.

You may also be able to use Pell Grant funds you didn't use during the regular academic year.

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