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State University Grants

The SUG (State University Grant) is a resident grant designated to pay a portion of your tuition and fees. SUG is available to California residents who are enrolled at least half time and pay California State University basic tuition fees as an undergraduate, graduate, or teaching credential student.  See information below about limited eligibilty.

If you are not a California resident, you will not be considered for the SUG.  However, you may be able to receive assistance from your state grant agency.

Limited availability of funds: Apply early!

State University Grant is limited each year, and all awards are conditional based on the availability of funds from the state. Funds may be delayed or reduced, depending on action of the Governor or the California State Legislature.

We recommend you Apply Early. Complete your FAFSA and all requested documentation as soon as possible. All applicants will be considered automatically, but not all eligible students will receive SUG due to limited funds.

Consideration will be given to students who meet all the following conditions:

  • Undergraduate students;
  • "On- time" financial aid applicants, application received before March 2nd;
  • Have an EFC less than $4,000;
  • Enrolled at least half- time;
  • Have not received a grant, scholarship, or waiver designated for fees

Please Note: Students receiving other aid specifically earmarked for fees (e.g., Cal Grant, Athletic Grant Fee Awards, Fee Waivers, etc.) will have their SUG award reduced or canceled accordingly.


The SUG is designated specifically for tuition.

  • The amount of your SUG award cannot exceed the cost of tuition when combined with other financial assistance designated to pay (such as Cal Grant fee assistance, vocational rehabilitation, fee waiver, etc.)
  • The amount of SUG awarded is:
    • Conditional, based on availability of funds from the state
    • Subject to change based on information received from CSUSM’s Financial Aid regarding your student standing that could reduce or cancel an award.
    • Canceled if you enroll less than half time
    • Canceled if you do not meet our SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards).

Limited Eligibility

A California State University (CSU) policy limits how long you can receive SUG for your degree or credential program. The following are the unit limits to receive SUG.

  • An undergraduate California resident may receive SUG up until completing 150 total units (most undergraduate degrees require only 120 units).
  • A graduate California resident may receive SUG up until completing 125% of the minimum units required for the graduate degree program. For example, in a graduate program requiring 30 units, a student could receive SUG until 38 total units have been completed. Unit eligibility will be adjusted for programs that require more than 30 units.
  • A credential program California resident may receive SUG up until completing the number of units required for the credential program (usually 30 total units).
  • Students pursuing a second bachelor's degree, second credential, or second master's degree are not eligible for SUG. The CSU will fund only the first degree.
    • Note: The limit cannot be increased by appeal. The maximum number of units is based on those required for graduation and cannot include excess units for a double major, certificate programs you complete while also enrolled in your degree program or units you completed that don't apply to your degree.
  • Extended Learning Programs and classes are not eligible for SUG.
  • CSUSM does not award SUG for the summer term.