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Scholarships and Financial Aid Information for EEPsters

This page is a work-in-progess to help PEEPs and EEPsters locate scholarship opportunities. These opportunities change fast, so consider this to always be out-of-date and just a "jumping-off" list. Furthermore, this list is not complete; PEEPs are requested to help add more information. Also, remember that CSULA has a financial aid/scholarship office (SA 124) and information can be accessed by phone (323/343-6260) or at their website as well; much of this information comes from their website.

Grants, Scholarships and Financial Aid - overview

Grants -- grants are need-based programs. Some available are:
     • Federal Pell Grant
     • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
     • Cal Grant A
     • Cal Grant B
     • State University Grant (SUG)
     • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Grant; and
     • Graduate Equity Fellowship
     • Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
Scholarships (do not need to be repaid) -- both from CSULA "on-campus" and "off-campus"
Loans -- need to be repaid
     • Federal Perkins Loan
     • Federal Nursing Loan
     • Federal Direct Loan:
          • Loan Types: Subsidized Direct Loans, Unsubsidized Direct Loans and Parent Loans
     • Alternative Loan Programs


Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is offered to eligible undergraduate students and serves as the foundation for eligibility in other federal and state need-based grant and loan programs. Annual awards for full-time students range from $400 to $4,310. The award amount is determined based on the student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the cost of education and the student's enrollment status. All undergraduate students automatically apply for this Grant by submitting the Free Application For Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA).

Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)

The ACG is one of the two new grant programs and is available for the first time for the 2006-07 school year for first-year students who graduated from high school after January 1, 2006, and for second-year students who graduated from high school after January 1, 2005. This grant is in addition to the student's Federal Pell Grant.

Federal National Science & Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National Smart Grant)
The National SMART Grant is one of the two new grant programs. It is available during the third and fourth years of undergraduate study to full-time students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and who are majoring in physical, life, or computer sciences, mathematics, technology, or engineering or in a foreign language determined critical to national security. The student must also have maintained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in coursework required for the major. This grant is in addition to the student's Federal Pell Grant award.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG).
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a federally funded grant program awarded to eligible undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Funds are limited. The maximum annual award amount is $1,600.

Educational Opportunity Program Grant (EOPG)
Disadvantaged students who are California residents and who are seeking a bachelor's degree may be eligible for admission to the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). When students are officially enrolled in the EOP program and demonstrate financial aid eligibility, they may be eligible for an EOP grant. The estimated average annual award for 2005-2006 is $750. Awarding of this grant is based on availability of funds. Application for the grant is made by completing the Free Application For Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) and listing CSULA as a recipient of the information on the application. Students should contact the CSULA Financial Aid office for EOP application procedures.

Cal Grant A
Cal Grant A is a state-funded program awarded by the California Student Aid Commission. Cal Grant A is available to California residents who complete their FAFSA and a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form by the March 2 deadline and meet other criteria, such as financial need and academic merit. Cal Grant A is renewable for up to three additional years and it covers the State University fees, which is a portion of the registration fees. The maximum award amount for 2006-2007 was $2,334.
     • Note: Students cannot receive both Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B.
Cal Grant B
Cal Grant B is a state-funded program awarded by the California Student Aid Commission. Cal Grant B is available to entering freshmen are financially needy California residents from disadvantaged backgrounds who filed their FAFSA's and Cal Grant GPA Verifivation Forms by the March 2 deadline. Cal Grant B is renewable for up to three additional years. The maximum first year award is $1,551 for subsistence. The maximum renewal award amount is $3,885: this includes $1,551 for subsistence and $2,334 for State University fees.

State University Grant
The State University Grant (SUG) is a state-funded award that covers the State University fees, which is a portion of the registration fees. The SUG is available to undergraduate, credential, and classified graduate students. To be considered for the SUG, students must show financial need and be California residents. Funds are limited. The maximum award amount for undergraduates for 2006-2007 is $3,016: for graduates, it is $3,572.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Grant
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Grant is a state-funded program that offers financial assistance to undergraduate California residents who demonstrate extreme economic and educational disadvantage. Eligible students must be admitted to Cal State L.A. by the Educational Opportunity Program and demonstrate financial need. For information regarding admission to the EOP program, please call (323) 343-4367. Funds are limited. The maximum award amount for 2006-2007 is $1,333.

Special Notes: There are a number of financial aid programs, as well as fee waivers from various outside sources, that are designed specifically to pay student fees. If you are receiving two types of fee-paying awards at the same time, you should know that you can receive a maximum of $1,200 per quarter from these programs. You cannot receive the full amount from both programs. For more information on student aid, you may find this website valuable. Also reference the CSU financial aid website.


CSULA has a wide variety of scholarship opportunities available. The website should be visited for up-to-date information, but some of the scholarships usually available are:

CSULA Alumni Association Scholarship
The Alumni Association usually awards:
     • 15 Undergraduate student scholarships in the amount of $850 each.
     • 2 Graduate student scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each.
     • What is an Alumni Scholarship? Alumni Scholarships are awarded by the Alumni Association to undergraduate students at Cal State L.A.who have demonstrated leadership involvement in college and in the community. The scholarship isawarded for Winter Quarter of each year, and is currently awarded in the amount of $850 per student.
     • Who is eligible? An eligible candidate must meet the following requirements: Undergraduate student, GPA 2.5 or above, Must plan to enroll full-time for the Winter quarter (Distribution of award is contingent on confirmed full-time enrollment of 8 units or more), Must have completed 45 college units (attained sophomore status) at the time of application, Have significant campus and/or community involvement and/or leadership.
     • Deadline: very early January. Completed applications are due early January. Applications are available in the Alumni Office, King Hall D145 or from the website at: www.calstatela.edu/alumni.calstatela.edu. Once applications are submitted, the Alumni Association will verify all appropriate information, including cumulative GPA and units completed. All applications will be read and evaluated by members of the Alumni Association Scholarship Committee. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of leadership, essay, overall impression, accomplishments, campus activities, community activities, letters of recommendation, and financial need. The Screening process takes place in January and the semifinalists will be invited to participate in a mandatory interview in early February. After the interviews, the final candidates will be selected. Check awards will be distributed at the Alumni Scholarship Luncheon in early March.
     • For information, contact the Alumni Association at (323) 343-ALUM or email at alum@cslanet.calstatela.edu. You can also visit the office in King Hall D-145. EEPsters are frequent recipients of these awards -- visit the website for more information.

Special Scholarships for EEPsters
At times there are special scholarships available to EEPsters. Rich will inform EEPsters and PEEPs of these special opportunities by email or in his quarterly newsletter.

On-Campus Scholarship
Cal State L.A. on-campus scholarships are awarded by the Scholarship Office, academic departments, and various campus organizations. The submission deadline is early February. The financial aid application (FAFSA) is available year-round and should be filed as soon as possible for students who wish to be considered for both financial aid and scholarships, especially those scholarships that have financial need as a criterion. Unlike scholarships, which are based on academic credentials, financial aid is based on need. The FAFSA is available in the Center of Student Financial Aid. Most CSULA scholarships require a minimum overall B (3.0) grade point average at Cal State L.A., and unconditional admission in a degree program.
     • How to Apply: You must submit the following items with your Cal State LA Scholarship Application: an essay, at least one letter of recommendation, and academic transcripts (unofficial) from your current school (if you are a new student, high school senior, transfer or new graduate). Make 2 set of copies. The application deadline is early February. For additional information, please visit the Center for Student Financial Aid located in Student Affairs Building, 124. (President's Scholar application.)

List of On-Campus Scholarships by Colleges
Most of the Cal State L.A. scholarships listed here are applied for via the CSULA General Scholarship Application, available in January of each year. Successful applicants receive funding for the following Fall Quarter. This listing is valid as of the time of publication. Only active scholarships are listed. Most of these scholarships are endowed, which means that only interest, drawn upon principal gifts, is awarded to students. Since interest rates vary and donations are received throughout the year, it is impossible to note how much each scholarship award will be. The range for CSLA scholarships is from $100 to $5,000, with the average award being around $700. Students may receive more than one scholarship, but not all qualified students will receive awards due to insufficient funds. Only about 35-40% of qualified applicants can be awarded.
     • College of Arts and Letters 47 scholarships available, Art, Music, English, Japanese, Chinese, French, Spanish, Broadcasting, Speech, Child Development, History, Theater, Fashion, etc.
     • Francesca Alexander Memorial Senior in Arts & Letters or Natural & Social Sciences who plans to go to graduate school and will study the Arts, Humanities, Social or Natural Sciences. 3.0 GPA.
     • Esther Andreas Voice Performance Music major; with Vocal Performance emphasis.
     • College of Health and Human Services 18 Health, Nursing, Kinesiology, Nutrition, Gerontoloty
     • College of Business and Economics 13 Business, Economics
     • College of Natural and Social Sciences 36 Biology, History, Poly Sci, Psychology, Geology, Physics, Math, CIS, Business, Chemistry, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography
     • Charter College of Education 25 Education, Special Education, Counseling
     • Cal State L.A. General 21 Any, baseball, Asian, EEP, Freshmen
     • College of Engineering and Technology 18 Engineering, Technology

Off-Campus Scholarships
In addition to coordinating the awarding of CSULA scholarships, the Scholarship Office advertises off-campus scholarship competitions. Please consult the office bulletin board for details or call the office at (323) 343-6260. The Scholarship Office also has comprehensive scholarship directories available for reference purposes.

Other Resources
PEEPs and EEPsters may also be interested in:
     • Special Scholarship News
     • Fastweb Free Scholarship Search/Free Scholarship Search
     • Scholarship Scam Alerts


Loans must be repaid, and are available from a wide variety of public and private sources. For some more information on some of the loan opportunities, visit CSULA's webpage.


CSULA also maintains a list of FAQs PEEPs and EEPsters will find helpful.

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