July 2020

Financial Aid

Need-Based Financial Aid Award Amounts

Maximum Annual Award for Full-Time Undergraduate Student, 2020-21

Tuition Awards  
Cal Grant A and B  
UC $12,570
Nonprofit schools 9,084
WASC-accredited for-profit schools 8,056
CSU 5,742
Other for-profit schools 4,000
Cal Grant C  
Private schools 2,462
UC Grant 12,570
UC Summer Financial Aid 6,285
CSU State University Grant 5,742
CSU Summer Financial Aid 2,871
CCC BOG Fee Waiver 1,380
Nontuition Awards  
Cal Grant A, Access  
UC, CSU, and CCC students with dependent children $6,000
Cal Grant B, Access  
UC, CSU, and CCC students with dependent children 6,000
All other students 1,648
Cal Grant C, Book and Supply  
CCC students with dependent children 4,000
All other CCC students 1,094
Private school students 547
UC Grant 11,393
CCC Student Success Completion Grant 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 maximum award amounts shown in the figure generally have not changed since 2019-20.
The Cal Grant A and B tuition award for nonprofit schools in 2021-22 is conditioned on the nonprofit sector admitting 3,000 students with an associate degree for transfer in 2020-21. 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.
Students who receive the Cal Grant B Access Award also receive a supplemental award funded by the College Access Tax Credit (CATC). The 2020-21 Budget Act reduces the maximum supplemental award amount from $24 to $12 to reflect a decline in available revenues in the CATC Fund.
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.