Grant Programs


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State Programs


Federal Pell Grant

The Pell Grant Program is a federally-sponsored grant program. Pell Grants are awarded to students based on financial need and limited to students seeking their first bachelor’s degree and students seeking their first teaching credential.

Eligibility depends on:

  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
  • Enrollment status

Effective 2012-2013, eligible students can receive Pell up to 12 full-time semesters or six years (600% of their Pell Grant eligibility).   This federal mandate is retroactive.  It includes Pell Grant received at all institutions attended.   You cannot appeal this federal law or request an extension.

  • The U.S. Department of Education has some additional information on their Pell Grant page
  • Visit the NSLDS website to determine the percentage of Pell Grant you have received

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Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity (FSEOG) Grant

FSEOG is a federally-funded program for undergraduate students with exceptional need.  Students who have filed by the March 2 priority filing date will be given priority for this award.

Eligibility depends on:

  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0
  • Enrolled in minimum of 6 units
  • Not receive the EOP Grant

The U.S. Department of Education has some additional information on this program. You can access this information by clicking here.

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Teacher Education Assistance for College & Higher Ed (TEACH) Grant

The U.S. Department of Education's Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH) Program provides funds to students who are completing or who plan to complete coursework that is required to begin a career in teaching.

Applicants agree to meet the following conditions:

  • Teach full-time for at least four years in an eligible school within an eight year period
  • Serve as a highly qualified teacher
  • Teach at a school servicing low-income students
  • Serve in a high-need field

For additional eligibility requirements and conditions, visit the College of Education.  Already a TEACH Grant recipient? visit the (ED) TEACH Grant website, for counseling and completing your Agreement to Serve.

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Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

A student whose parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11 (September 11, 2001) may receive an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if:

  • The student is not eligible for a Pell Grant based on his or her Expected Family Contribution, and
  • At the time of the parent's or guardian's death, the student was less than 24 years old, and/or
  • Was enrolled at least part-time at an institution of higher education

The maximum amount of the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is the same as the maximum Pell Grant award and will be adjusted accordingly based on enrolled units. The Department of Defense (DOD) will identify eligible individuals.

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Cal Grant A and B

Cal Grants are administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to students who are California residents.

To be considered for a Cal Grant, students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dream Act application and a GPA Verification must be submitted to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) by March 2. Cal Grants are generally renewable aid. Continuing students should file by February 22 if they have not been previously awarded a Cal Grant; Sacramento State will automatically send your Cal Grant GPA to the California Student Aid Commission by March 2 for all students who have completed 24 or more units at Sacramento State.

Cal Grant A
Cal Grant A eligibility is based on academic achievement and financial need, and is to be used for State University Fees, but it may not cover full fees. Students must be enrolled at least half-time to receive this grant.

Cal Grant B
Cal Grant B eligibility is based on demonstration of substantial financial need. This grant consists of a subsistence allowance and for renewal recipients, an award for State University Fees. Students must be enrolled at least half-time to receive this grant.

For more information, visit CSAC's Webgrants for Students site by clicking here.

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Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Grant

The Educational Opportunity Program Grant is funded by the State of California to assist undergraduate students with financial need who have been admitted to Sacramento State through the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).

Eligibility depends on:

  • Full-time enrollment
  • Funding availability
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
  • Award amounts vary based on the student's year in school

For more information, visit the Sac State EOP website.

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Middle Class Scholarship

Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) is administered by CSAC to undergraduate eligible students.  Enacted by the Legislature in 2013, the Middle Class Scholarship makes college more affordable for California's middle class families, who are mostly not being served by other programs.  Participation is limited to students who will not have at least 40 percent of their tuition fees covered by a government or institutional grant or scholarship.  If eligible,  student tuition fees maybe reduced at the CSU and UC campuses. 

In order for a student to be eligible for a MCS, he or she must meet the following criteria:

  • Has an annual household income that does not exceed $150,000
  • Is a citizen of the United States, eligible non-citizen, or meets AB540 eligibility
  • Is in compliance with all applicable Selective Service registration requirements
  • Is not incarcerated
  • Is not in default on any student loan
  • Is exempt from paying nonresident tuition fees
  • Completes and submits a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act application
  • Maintains satisfactory academic progress in the manner that is consistent with the Cal Grant Program

Note: Students receiving a fee waiver, such as a CalVet fee waiver, will not be eligible for the MCS.

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State University Grant Program

State University Grant (SUG) is funded by the State of California and only covers the cost of State University Fees.

Eligibility depends on:

  • Must be a California resident
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
  • At least half-time enrollment
  • May not receive funds from another aid program designed to cover State University Fees
  • Pursuit of first degree objective - 2nd Bachelor, 2nd Master and 2nd Credential are not eligible
  • Unit cap based on the number of units required to graduate (see chart below)

Undergraduate Degree

Units SUG Capped at
Undergraduate Degree
Requires:
< 150 Units
Undergrad Transfer Units less than 75 Units transferred 150 earned Units (Transfer + CSU units)
Undergrad Transfer Units: more than 75 transferred  75 earned Units (at CSU)

Teaching Credentials

SUG Capped at
Teaching Credentials Teacher and credential students cannot accumulate more than 30 earned units *

*For credential programs in which the program length is more than 30 units, the campus may fund up to the required program length.

Graduate Degree

Masters SUG Capped at
Graduate Degree Requires Units vary by degree 125%* of units required for degree

* Includes all prior master's degree objectives (including Extended Ed) & graduate transfer Units

 Important Note: Earned units for grades D- or above are counted when determining the unit cap for SUG.

Units not considered against total units earned include:

  • Remedial coursework that does not carry credit toward degree
  • Test Credit (AP, IP, etc.)
  • Military Credit

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Chafee Grant for Foster Youth

Chafee Grants are federally and state funded and administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to eligible students who are current or former foster youth.

To be considered for a Chafee Grant, students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dream Act application and a Chafee Grant Application must be submitted to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).  You can get more information and the application from CSAC at https://www.chafee.csac.ca.gov/default.aspx

Quick Reference: Chafee Flyer (pdf)

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Rev. 6/05/2014