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Graduate Aid Programs Overview

The Financial Aid Office at CSULB is your main resource for questions related to paying for your education.  We oversee the awarding and distribution of loans, grants, work-study funds, and coordination with other aid – such as scholarships. 

The types of financial aid available to students pursuing a graduate degree are very specific and different from undergraduate or credential aid types. Students who are pursuing a second Master’s or second Doctoral Degree are only eligible for federal loan funds or for private education loans.



Scholarships are available to FAFSA and DREAM Applicants.

Scholarships are considered gift-aid:  They don't need to be repaid!  There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.

A scholarship might cover the entire cost of your tuition, or it might be a one-time award of a few hundred dollars. Either way, scholarships are worth applying for as they can help you cover your educational costs, and reduce your dependence on loans.

The Scholarships page is your resource for information on a variety of CSULB and outside scholarship opportunities. 

Federal TEACH Grants

The 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 credential programs, and requires you to agree to fulfill certain teaching obligations – or risk having the grant will converted to an unsubsidized loan.

Eligibility for the TEACH Grant will be determined by CSULB, using guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education. Check with the College of Education on whether your credential program meets the criteria for the TEACH Grant.

CSULB Grants

CSULB Grants are available to FAFSA or DREAM Applicants.

State University Grant (SUG)

SUG awards pay the State Tuition Fee and are offered based on full-time enrollment. If you will be receiving another award designated to pay your tuition fee (scholarship; tuition/fee waivers; vocational rehabilitation; etc.), you may not eligible to receive a SUG. The State University Grant is available only for your initial Master's Degree.

In order to be considered for a State University Grant, you must have submitted your financial aid application by the priority deadline of March 2nd; be classified as a California resident, for tuition purposes; and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $6,000 or less. Please note that if you are enrolled half-time (4 units), your SUG award will be adjusted to reflect your actual State Tuition Fee charge.

EdD Students & DPT Students:  Students enrolled in the DPT program and the EdD program are not eligible to receive funding through the State University Grant (SUG), as the “State Tuition Fee” (SUF) is not assessed to students in these programsSUG only gets applied towards the State Tuition Fee).  Please review the Degree Program Specific Grants for information on available grants for these two programs.

Degree Program Specific Grants

Degree Program Specific Grants are available to FAFSA Applicants and DREAM Applicants.

There are a few CSULB grant programs available for students who have been admitted to specific programs.  Eligibility for these Degree Program Specific Grants is based on CSULB admission; program admission; CA residency; and financial need.  

Graduate Business Fee Grant
Available to students in the following programs:

  • Master of Business Administration (Does not include programs through CCPE)
  • Master of Science in Accountancy

The Graduate Business Fee Grant assists eligible students in meeting the cost of the Graduate Professional Fee assessed by California State University professional business graduate programs. The per-unit fee ($254/unit) is charged for required courses taken by graduate students enrolled in fee-authorized State-Supported Professional Business Graduate Programs (MBA – Master of Business Administration).

Doctor of Physical Therapy Grant (DPT Grant)

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Grant is available to students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program.

The CSU Doctor of Physical Therapy Grant program was established in July 2011 in the interest of equity to students enrolled in the DPT program, as these students are not eligible for SUG funding. The DPT Grant provides students enrolled in the DPT program access to grant funding similar to that of all other CSU students who demonstrate financial need (based on the FAFSA or DREAM application).

Education Doctorate Grant (EdD Grant)

The Education Doctorate Grant is available to studEducation Doctorate (EdD Program)

The Education Doctorate Grant program was established in 2007 in the interest of equity to students enrolled in the EdD program, as these students are not eligible for SUG funding. The EdD Grant provides students enrolled in the EdD program access to grant funding similar to that of all other CSU students who demonstrate financial need (based on the FAFSA or DREAM application). Awarding of the EdD Grant occurs at the end of the academic year and awards are applied retroactively.

Federal Student Loans

Direct Student Loans

Direct Student loans are available to all FAFSA filers and are offered as part of your financial aid package. Graduate Students are eligible for unsubsidized federal loans.

The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is a government insured, low interest loan for eligible graduate students. If you borrow an Unsubsidized Loan, you are responsible for paying the interest from the time the unsubsidized loan is disbursed until it's paid in full. For current interest rate and origination fee information please visit the Federal Student Aid website for Direct Student Loans.

Graduate PLUS Loans

The Graduate PLUS Loan is an additional loan available for those graduate students who need additional funds, beyond the Unsubsidized Loan, to cover their remaining education costs. Unlike the Unsubsidized Loan, PLUS Loans require credit approval.

Graduate PLUS Loans are not included in your initial financial aid award. The loan is not added to the award package until the request has been processed and CSULB receives notification that you have been credit approved. To apply, visit Student; step-by-step instructions are provided in the Graduate PLUS Instruction (PDF).

For current interest rate and origination fee information please visit the Federal Student Aid website for Graduate PLUS Loans.

Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federally funded program that provides employment opportunities to students who filed a FAFSA and have the highest financial need. The amount a student may earn will be listed on the student's award summary. The maximum FWS award is currently $3,500 per academic year. A FWS award does not guarantee placement in an actual position.

Work experience is not required to secure a FWS position. The money earned is yours to use for out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel, books, and personal care items. CSULB students typically work 10-12 hours per week. Work-study funds do not reduce your bill with the college.