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Financing your Education

There are many options available for financing your graduate education.


Tuition and Fees

CSULB fees are based on students enrolled in either 6 units or less, or enrolling in 7 units or more. Current tuition and fees may be found at the Enrollment Services website. Please reference your program’s website and/or application packet for information about the number of units you will take each term.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid office at CSULB serves all students and help meet their educational goals. They work with students and their families to meet the full demonstrated financial need for students who satisfy all deadlines and eligibility requirements.


Phone: 562.985.8403
Hours: 9AM- 5PM
Location: Brotman Hall 123


The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office is the official hub for scholarship information at CSULB. They collect, organize, and distribute information on hundreds of external scholarships as well as administer university scholarships for the campus.

The College of Education provides scholarships based on academic merit, financial need, personal statement, and faculty recommendations. Students must have been accepted into a major in the College of Education with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be enrolled for at least 6 units of coursework in the year they receive the scholarship. Applications are typically available in November and are due in early February for the following academic year. Check the Center for Scholarship Information website for specific details.

MS in Special Education Program Scholarships

CASA Transition Training Scholarships

The CASA Transition Training project will train 12 school psychologists and 12 special educators to become highly qualified to provide culturally-competent, evidence-based transition services through participation in two years (special education scholars) or 3 years (school psychologist scholars) of intense research-based coursework, community service, school-based fieldwork and conference participation. School psychology and special education scholars will engage in service-learning in special day classrooms in local high schools as well as become Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to youth with disabilities in foster care.


School Psychology and Masters in Science in Special Education students will work in pairs to support transition practices in a classroom (first year) and improve a district’s transition programs and policies (second year on the project). They will also become Court Appointed Special Advocates and will mentor one foster youth.

Who can apply?

2-3 School Psychology students who commit to 3 years of training on the project and 2-3 Special Education MS students who commit to training for 2 years on the project, per semester. Special Education MS students who are working full-time may apply but they must be working in a high school or transition program. Dr. Powers and Dr. Achola will select the project participants.


How much is the training scholarship?

Scholars will receive $13,550 per year of training.

Total School Psychology Scholarship = $40,650 per student

Total Special Education Scholarship = $27,100 per student

For more information contact Tommy Nunan.

To learn more about these Scholarship opportunities, please also review the Scholarship Opportunities (PDF) brochure.


The Federal Teacher Education Educational Opportunity Grants (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who intend to teach full time in a high-need field at a public or private elementary or secondary school that the U.S. Department of Education has designated as having a high concentration of students from low-income families. The Grant is available for selected graduate programs at CSULB, and requires the recipient to agree to fulfill certain teaching obligations – or risk having the grant will converted to an unsubsidized loan.

Students in eligible programs receive an email invitation from the Graduate Studies Office in September and February inviting them to apply.

Research and Pre-Doctoral Study

The CSULB Graduate Studies Resource Center (GSRC) provides a list of funding for research and pre-doctoral study.

Travel Funds

The CSULB Graduate Studies Resource Center (GSRC) provides a list of funding for graduate student travel. Typically, students must be presenting their research in order to receive funding.