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Grants and Contracts

CSULB offers many funded research opportunities through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP). Funding you receive as part of a research program is coordinated with any financial aid you currently have and is disbursed through your student account. 

How do I receive funding for research?

First explore ORSP's student funding opportunities page to see what programs might work for you. Once you are accepted into a program with funding, your faculty and program administrators will work with our office to post your funding to your student account. 

How is my funding awarded to me?

Depending on the program, your funding might show up as a stipend paid out in monthly installments and/or payments at the beginning of each semester. Some programs have summer funding as well, which follow the same general payment rules. As with all financial aid, your grant funding will first apply to any outstanding charges you might have on your student account before it is refunded to you as a credit. 

How does my funding impact my current financial aid?

Every student's financial aid package is individual and could be affected to varying degrees by additional grant funding. One thing to keep in mind is that additional grant funding is always a good thing.

In general, all financial aid is limited by two factors: your cost of attendance and your unmet need.

The cost of attendance, or budget, is the standard amount that it has been determined it costs a student to attend CSULB for nine months. This includes billed expenses, such as tuition and fees, and non-billed expenses, such as transportation and books and supplies. Aid cannot be awarded above this amount, since, theoretically, all educational expenses would be covered under the standard cost of attendance. There are exceptions that can be made on a case-by-case determination by our office. If you believe that you have significant educational expenses that are not being considered in the standard cost of attendance, you can submit a Cost of Attendance Appeal.

Unmet need is the difference between your cost of attendance and what you are expected to be able to contribute to your education (your expected family contribution). Need-based programs, such as Federal Work-Study; Subsidized Loans; State University Grant; Cal Grant; and scholarships, all must fit into your unmet need. If you receive need-based funding that exceeds your unmet need, the new funding will likely replace loans and then State University Grant or Cal Grant. 

If you have specific questions about how a scholarship affected your financial aid, please meet with a Beach Central Financial Aid Counselor by joining the queue.