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Funding Opportunities

Application Fee Waivers

Application fee waivers allow students to apply to one (1) graduate program at CSUSM for free  -- this waives the $70 application fee. Waivers are available from the Graduate Coordinator of your chosen (stateside) graduate program, or from the Graduate Studies Coordinator in the Office of Graduate Studies ( Limited quantities available and are not guaranteed. 

Qualified students must: 

  • Be a current CSUSM student or CSUSM graduate (Alumni); this includes CA residents, non-residents (Out-of-state and International), and undocumented students.
  • Apply for a CSUSM stateside graduate program in the semester seeking an application fee waiver.
  • Meet University and Program admissions requirements
  • Show great potential for completing a Masters program. 
  • Show proof of attendance at an event such as: a graduate program information session or graduate school fair where you meet a CSUSM rep, Diversity Forum, Trio McNair, or any graduate studies/programs related events or activities. 

CSUSM Financial Aid & Scholarships

The CSUSM Financial Aid & Scholarships office offers a variety of funding opportunities including grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study. 

 Explore Scholarship Opportunities

Graduate Program Related Funding

Please check with your Graduate Program for the following opportunities:

  • Graduate Fellowships
  • Teaching Associate (TA)
  • Graduate Assistants (GA)
  • Non-Resident Tuition Fee Waivers (Out-of-State or International Students)

Please check with OGSR for student travel funding:

CSU Chancellor's Office Programs

Steps to Apply to CSU Chancellor's Office Programs

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The CSU offers two funding programs for students interested in doctoral studies and/or in becoming CSU faculty members. The Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) is open to students and lecturers, while the California Pre-Doctoral Program (Sally Casanova Scholarship) is available to students. Please visit the websites for more information. 

 California Pre-Doctoral Program Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

Job Postings & Internships

CSUSM is on Handshake! All currently enrolled students and registered alumni have access to job listings for full-time, part-time, short-term employment, and internships. Please visit the Career Center Services. The Office of Graduate Studies & Research posts available student assistant jobs here. 

For academic or unpaid internships, please visit the Office of Internships