Grant Programs Administered by the California State University

State University Grant (SUG) - Provides need-based awards to cover the State University Fee for eligible undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students who are California residents. Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who apply by March 2nd and who meet need-based program requirements.  Recipients may not be receiving a Cal Grant or other award designated to cover fees.  Based on program guidelines issued by the CSU, priority consideration for awarding the State University Grant should be provided to California resident undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students who meet the following criteria:

  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority filing date of March 2nd for the subsequent award year;
  • Have an Estimated Family Contribution based on a nine month academic year that does not exceed $4,000;
  • Be enrolled on at least a half-time basis (minimum of six units of enrollment each semester) in state-support classes (excludes Extended Learning classes);
  • Have not received a Cal Grant, or other grant or scholarship, or other form of assistance specifically designated to pay the full cost of the tuition fees;
  • Have not received a waiver of the tuition fees.

The award amount is based on anticipated full-time fees charged to students enrolled in 7 or more units each semester; payments will be prorated based upon the number of units the recipient is enrolled in on census date each semester. Please note that the grant is not applicable to classes taken through Extended Learning as students are not charged the tuition fees for Extended Learning classes.

Facts and Figures

  • 4,200 CSUSM students received a State University Grant in 2009-10

  • Students received more than $9 million in State University Grant funds in 2010-2011

  • State University Grant assists with payment of tuition fees