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Grants for Undergraduates

  • File your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application (if AB540 eligible) by March 2 each year to be considered for need-based grant.

  • Submit any additional documents requested by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office before the May 1 deadline.

  • Any other application requirements are listed below, under each specific grant type. Each type of grant may have its own eligibility requirements.

  • The grant amounts listed in the table below are estimates and depend on available funding.

Effective for Fall 2016 Admits and future Admits:
The university is unable to provide university grant or scholarship support to Non-California Residents.

Grant Types and Details

Cal Grant A

Annual amount:

Pays systemwide registration fees ($12,570 for the 2021-2022 academic year)

Funded by:

State of California (California Student Aid Commission)

Note: 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.

Note:

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.

How to Apply

  1. File your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application (if AB540 eligible and cannot submit a FAFSA) by March 2 and file any requested documents by May 1.

  2. If you're already in college and are applying for a new Cal Grant, submit the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form before March 2.

Note: Additional documents may be requested from the Commission after a new Cal Grant is awarded. Failure to provide the documents will result in a loss of the Cal Grant. UC San Diego will not be able to replace lost Cal Grant with other university funding (grants, work study, loans).

More Information

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

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

Cal Grant B

Annual amount:

Pays systemwide registration fees ($12,570 for 2021-2021 academic year) and a subsistence stipend ($1,648). For the first year, you receive only the subsistence stipend.

Funded by:

State of California (California Student Aid Commission)

Note: 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.

Note:

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.

How to Apply

  1. File your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application by March 2 and file any requested documents by May 1.

  2. If you are already in college and are applying for a new Cal Grant, submit the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form before March 2.

Note: Additional documents may be requested from the Commission after a new Cal Grant is awarded. Failure to provide the documents will result in a loss of the Cal Grant. UC San Diego will not be able to replace lost Cal Grant with other university funding (grants, work study, loans).

More Information

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

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

Cal Grant B recipients will automatically have their full Access award applied to their student account to pay any outstanding balances. Alternatively, students may elect to receive the full disbursement of their Access award directly prior to disbursement to be used towards educational expenses not directly charged by UC San Diego. If you would like to choose this alternative method please submit a request to Student Financial Solutions through the student support portal. Please note: requests can be submitted at any time and applied to future quarters, but cannot be processed retroactively.

Federal Pell Grant

Annual amount:

$672 to $6495

Lifetime Limit:

Six years (18 quarters) or the equivalent. This includes amounts received at other colleges.

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Education (Federal Student Aid)

More Information

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

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

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Annual amount:

$100 to $4,000

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Education (Federal Student Aid)

Grant-In-Aid (GIA)

Annual amount:

Varies depending upon need

Funded by:

University of California

University grant: Blue and Gold Opportunity 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 Blue and Gold grant will make up the balance.

Funded by:

University of California

To be eligible for the Blue and Gold Opportunity Grant, you must:

  • Demonstrate income of less than $80,000 with financial need, as determined for federal need-based aid programs
  • Be a California resident
  • Be in your first 4 years of attendance at UC (or your first 2 years if a transfer student) Meet other basic eligibility requirements for need-based financial aid
  • Apply for Cal Grant by submitting the Cal Grant GPA Verification to the Cal Grant Program

More information:

UC Blue and Gold Opportunity plan

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

Summer Session Grants

For more details on UC San Diego summer grants, learn more about Summer Aid.

Pell Grants are also available for those who qualify.