January 2020

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Award Amounts

Maximum Annual Award for Full-Time Undergraduate Student

Change from 2019-20
  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
UC Summer Financial Aid 6,285 6,285
CSU Summer Financial Aid 2,871 2,871
CCC BOG Fee Waiver 1,380 1,380
Nontuition Awards        
Cal Grant A, Access        
UC, CSU, and CCC students with dependent children $6,000 $6,000
Cal Grant B, Access        
UC, CSU, and CCC students with dependent children 6,000 6,000
All other students 1,648 1,648
Cal Grant C, Book and Supply        
CCC students with dependent children 4,000 4,000
All other CCC students 1,094 1,094
Private school students 547 547
California Dreamer Service Incentive Grant        
UC, CSU, CCC, and nonprofit school students 3,000 3,000
UC Grant 10,717 11,393 676 6.3%
CCC Student Success Completion Grant 4,000 4,000
Figure shows need-based state and institutional gift 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.
Figure does not include federal gift aid programs, the largest of which is the Pell Grant. In 2020-21, the maximum Pell Grant is scheduled to increase by $150 (2.4 percent) to $6,345. Students may use Pell Grants for tuition or nontuition costs.
The Cal Grant A and B tuition award for nonprofit schools in 2020-21 is conditioned on the nonprofit sector admitting 2,000 students with an associate degree for transfer in 2019-20. If the sector fails to meet this target, its tuition award is scheduled to drop to $8,056.
The UC and CSU summer financial aid award amounts are calculated for a student enrolled in 15 units on a semester calendar in state-supported courses. 
Students who receive the Cal Grant B Access Award also receive a supplemental award funded by the College Access Tax Credit. The proposed size of the supplement is $24 in 2020-21.
We estimate the UC Grant nontuition award based on the average undergraduate cost of attendance, less systemwide tuition and fees and a 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.