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Funding Your Future at a University



A variety of financial aid sources are available to help you pay for college. Financial aid can come from, federal, state, school, and private sources to help you you pay for college. Learn more about federal grants, loans, and work-study jobs and how they can help fund your education HERE


Types of Financial Aid

A grant is given by the federal government, the state or the university as a gift; you don't need to repay a grant or work to earn the money. The federal grants listed are the most common, but there are others you may be eligible for. 

These are need-based awards--administered by the CSU--are given to eligible undergraduate and graduate students. 

For California students whose annual family income is under $80,000 and who qualify for financial aid, systemwide tuition and fees will be fully covered by gift aid (grants & scholarships) during the first four years at UC (or two years for transfer students).

Other Types of Aid

Loans that are backed by the federal government are called Direct Loans. A student may be eligible for a Direct Subsidized Loan, a Direct Unsubsidized Loan, etc. 


Work-study, California Vet Fee Waiver, tuition assistance and financial aid can help vets and active duty servicemen and servicewomen pay for school. 

If you participate in a Federal Work-Study program you'll work part-time whole you're going to school. 

Undocumented Student Aid

The California Dream Act allows students interested in attending eligible California Colleges, Universities and Career Education Programs to apply for state financial aid.  This application is unrelated to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

The California DREAM Loan Program provides eligible undocumented AB 540 undergraduates with the option to borrow loans to help cover the cost of attending a university.