International Programs and Global Engagement

International Students Admission Grant Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for this grant?

Most F visa undergraduate and graduate international students who have been admitted to California State University, Sacramento in degree programs for the next academic term (fall or spring only) are eligible to apply. Government sponsored international students, exchange students and non-degree students, and international students admitted to the pre-MBA program (and restricted to enrollment for foundation courses in their first semester) are not eligible to apply.

How many grants are generally offered?

The number of grants varies each year. A total of 30-40 partial, non-renewal, grants are expected to be available most semesters.

What is the amount of the grant?

Grants of varying amounts (most often $1,000 - $2,000) are available.

What is the duration of the grant?

The grants are only available to newly-admitted international students for their first semester of enrollment at California State University, Sacramento.

How do I apply?

Application materials and instructions will be forwarded directly to eligible students by email along with official notification of admission to the university.

When must grant applications be submitted?

In order to be considered for the grant, all application materials must be received by California State University, Sacramento within 14 calendar days of the date you were notified of your admission. The committee will not consider late or incomplete applications.

Where and how should the application be submitted?

The application can be sent by email, fax, or, if absolutely necessary, by regular mail or courier service. Submission information including appropriate email address, address, and fax number is located at the bottom of the application form. Please note the application submitted by regular mail or fax must be typewritten. All materials should be included in one submission.

What are the award criteria?

The committee will consider the following criteria when reviewing grant applications:

  • F visa international student newly admitted as a degree candidate to the university
  • Record of prior academic excellence (scholastic achievement and academic research activities)
  • History of participation in extra-curricular and community-related activities
  • Prior professional (major related) employment or research experiences (employment, membership in professional/technical societies, and research publications)
  • Short essays
  • Financial need is NOT considered

Who will review and evaluate the applications?

The university grant selection committee composed of staff members from the Office of Global Education reviews and considers all application materials.

Are the grants renewable?

All grants are non-renewable.

How will I be notified if I have been selected for an award?

The International Programs and Global Engagement staff will notify applicants of their selection by email. Details concerning the amount of the grant award, as well as procedures for accepting or declining the award, will be included in the email message.

Can receipt of an award be postponed or deferred?

Students cannot postpone or defer receipt of the award but can reapply at a later date upon readmission to the university

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