The Middle Class Scholarship

Over the past 10 years, State public university student tuition rates have increased over 190% at the University of California (UC) and by about 145% at California State Universities (CSU). The Middle Class Scholarship will provide up to 40% off of mandated system wide fees (tuition) at the UC and CSU campuses for families making $100,000 and will provide no less than a 10% tuition reduction for families making up to $150,000. The Middle Class Scholarship tuition coverage is based on a sliding scale. The Middle Class Scholarship awards are being phased in over four years beginning in Fall 2014-15. Current CSU and UC students are also eligible for this funding.

To Apply: No separate application is required!

All students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at or California Dream Act Application at, and make sure their high school submits a Cal Grant GPA form to CSAC no later than the March 2nd priority deadline.

The application submission period for the Middle Class Scholarship begins January 1, 2014. Eligible students must meet all Cal Grant program requirements with the exception of the income and asset test and must have a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average and maintain satisfactory academic progress.