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Grants for Graduate/ Professional School

  • File your FAFSA each year to be considered for Cal Grant for Education Students Program (EDS) which is based on financial need.

  • Submit any additional documents requested by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.

  • Any other application requirements are listed below under each specific grant type.

  • The grant amounts listed below are estimates, and depend on available funding.

Grant Types and Details

Fellowships, scholarships, stipends, and fee awards

Annual amount:


Funded by:

Your graduate department or an outside source.

How to Apply

Contact your graduate department or the Graduate Division.

Cal Grant for Education Studies Program (EDS)


$12,570 maximum for Cal Grant A renewals;
$12570+ $1,648 maximum for Cal Grant B renewals

Funded by:

State of California (California Student Aid Commission)


Amounts are set by the State government and are subject to change at any time. You must be enrolled full-time (12 or more units) to receive the full grant award.

Who's Eligible

If you're a Cal Grant A or B recipient who plans to enroll in UC San Diego's EDS program, you may be eligible for a renewal of your Cal Grant for an additional year, if you meet the following requirements:

  • You accepted and enrolled in the EDS program within 15 months of the end of the term in which you received your last Cal Grant payment
  • You're seeking your initial teaching credential
  • You're not using the grant money for other graduate-level courses of study

How to Apply

  1. File your FAFSA and provide any requested documents before the deadlines.
  2. Submit a Request for Cal Grant Teaching Credential Program Benefits (form G-44) available from the California Student Aid Commission.

More Information

If you're enrolled in less than 12 units, you'll receive a reduced amount of the Cal Grant award:

  • 6-8 units = 1/2 the amount
  • 9-11 units = 3/4 the amount
  • 12+ units = the full amount

University Grant: Native American Opportunity (NAOP) Grant

Annual amount:

Varies depending upon the total amount of your gift aid; if your existing gift aid from all other sources does not cover your systemwide UC tuition and fees, the NAOP grant will make up the balance.

Funded by:

University of California

To be eligible for the Native American Opportunity Grant you must:

  1. Must be a current or newly admitted University of California undergraduate, graduate or professional school student.
  2. Must be a California Resident.
  3. Must be an enrolled member in a federally recognized Native American, American Indian and/or Alaska Native tribe.
  4. Must be enrolled in a qualifying UC degree program.

No FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application is required. UC San Diego will reach out directly to new and continuing students who might be eligible with instructions and documentation requirements.

More information:

UC Native American Opportunity Plan