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July 2022

Financial Aid

Middle Class Scholarship Program

Key Information by Segment

  2020-21
Actual
2021-22 Revised 2022-23 Enacted Change from 2021-22
Amount Percent
Recipients          
CSU 43,772 47,025 245,901 198,876 423%
UC 11,649 12,825 114,211 101,386 791
Total 55,421 59,850 360,112 300,262 502%
Spending (in millions)          
CSU $77 $73 $426 $353 485%
UC 37 $37 206 169 454
Total $114 $110 $632 $522 475%
Average award          
CSU $1,759 $1,547 $1,731 $184 11.9%
UC $3,192 $2,902 $1,806 -1,096 -37.8
           
Notes:  
Data for 2020-21 and 2021-22 reflect California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) estimates. Data for 2022-23 reflect CSAC estimates adjusted by LAO to align with the enacted spending level.
For 2020-21 and 2021-22, the maximum award amount was set at 40 percent of systemwide tuition and fees ($2,298 at CSU and $5,028 at UC). Award amounts were graduated downward as a student's household income increased. In 2021-22, award amounts were prorated to keep total program spending below the statutory limit of $117 million in effect that year.
For 2022-23, award amounts will be based on the total cost of attendance minus the sum of other available gift aid, a student contribution from part-time work earnings, and a parent contribution for dependent students with a household income of over $100,000. Award amounts will be prorated to keep total program spending at the enacted funding level of $632 million.
CSU = California State University. UC = University of California.