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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid

Financial aid programs provide support for students to help meet the costs of obtaining a college education. Funding is provided by the federal and state governments, the individual colleges and universities, and a variety of other public and private sources. Financial aid is normally based on a "need" basis. The following links provide additional information on financial needs.


CSU College Mentor

CSUSM Financial Aid



Scholarships are a type of financial aid that are awarded based on various requirements, such as academic achievements, ethnic background, extracurricular activities, and military background. Scholarships are similar to general financial aid, but differ in the fact that these awards must be applied for, in addition to meeting the requirements.

CSUSM Scholarships

  • ASI American Indian in honor of Lee Dixon Scholarship ~ One $1000 award for a tribally enrolled American Indian student. Academic achievement, service to the Indian Community, and financial need will be considered. Preference will be given to incoming freshmen. Proof of tribal affiliation required, prior to awarding.
  • Lillian S. Sherman Scholarship ~ One award for $1750 for a Native American Indian Student as noted in the FASFA and required scholarship essay, must have demonstrated service or involvement in your tribe or the American Indian community, must have financial need as determined by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office, must be enrolled as a part- time student (minimum 6 units for undergraduate; minimum 9 units for graduate students.)

American Indian Scholarships

List of Scholarships Offered through the American Indian Graduate Center

Scholarship Search Engines


School for Advanced Research, Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) offers two nine-month internships (September 1–May 31) to individuals who are recent college graduates, current graduate students, or junior museum professionals interested in furthering their professional museum experience and enhancing their intellectual capacity for contributing to the expanding field and discourse of museum studies.