January 2019

Financial Aid

Need-Based Financial Aid Award Amounts

Maximum Annual Award for Full-Time Student

Change from 2018-19
  Amount Percent
Tuition Awards        
Cal Grant A and B        
UC $12,570 $12,570
Nonprofit schools 9,084 9,084
WASC-accredited for-profit schools 8,056 8,056
CSU 5,742 5,742
Other for-profit schools 4,000 4,000
Cal Grant C        
Private schools 2,462 2,462
UC Grant 12,570 12,570
CSU State University Grant 5,742 5,742
CCC BOG Fee Waiver 1,380 1,380
Nontuition Awards        
Cal Grant A, Access        
UC and CSU students with dependent children $0 $6,000 $6,000 N/A
All other students 0 0
Cal Grant B, Access        
UC, CSU, and CCC students with dependent children 1,672 6,000 4,328 258.9%
All other students 1,672 1,672
Cal Grant C, Book and Supply        
CCC students with dependent children 1,094 4,000 2,906 265.6
All other CCC students 1,094 1,094
Private school students 547 547
UC Grant 10,336 10,994 658 6.4
CCC Student Success Completion Grant 4,000 4,000
Figure shows need-based state and institutional aid programs supported with core funds (state General Fund and student tuition revenue).
See "Financial Aid Award Coverage" for a description of each type of award.
At UC, CSU, and CCC, tuition awards cover systemwide tuition and fees. Nontuition awards help cover other student fees, books and supplies, transportation, food, and housing.
The Cal Grant A and B tuition award for nonprofit schools in 2019-20 is conditioned on the nonprofit sector enrolling 2,000 students with an associate degree for transfer. If the sector fails to meet this target, its tuition award is scheduled to drop to $8,056.
The Cal Grant B Access Award consists of a statutory amount funded by state General Fund ($1,648) and a supplemental amount funded by the College Access Tax Credit. The size of the supplement each year depends on the level of tax credit funds.
The UC Grant covers both tuition and nontuition expenses after applying a student self-help expectation and counting all other financial aid. The nontuition portion in the table reflects the average cost of attendance of UC undergraduate students less systemwide tuition and fees and the self-help expectation. We use reported data for 2017-18. For 2018-19 and 2019-20, we grow the average cost of attendance by 2 percent each year and assume no change in self-help expectation.
UC = University of California. WASC = Western Association of Schools and Colleges. CSU = California State University. CCC = California Community Colleges. BOG = Board of Governors.