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Funding

CSULB makes every effort to keep student fees at a minimum. In addition to the financial aid office, the academic centers, departments, and programs on campus allocate funds to help students finance their education. The campus is also a major employer of students, offering many part-time opportunities that help with professional development.

Centers with Funding Information

  • Financial Aid and Scholarships Office serves all students and helps them meet their academic goals. It works with students and their families to meet the demonstrated financial need of students who meet all deadlines and eligibility requirements.
  • Graduate Studies Resource Center (GSRC) provides students with information about on- and off-campus funding opportunities, including scholarships, fellowships, and travel grants. Staff are also available to support students with application documents on an appointment or drop-in basis.
  • The primary emphasis of the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs is faculty-student research engagement. The office provides leadership, information, direction, resources, training, and technical assistance to faculty and students engaged in externally funded research, instruction, community service, and other scholarly activities.

Employment

  • CareerLink is an CSULB online resource that lists thousands of full-time, part-time, federal work study, and internship positions. This service is free for all students who can access CareerLink through their Single Sign-On portals.
  • Federal Work Study is a federally funded program that provides employment opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students with the greatest financial need. The amount students can earn is listed on their individual award summaries.
  • Many CSULB academic departments have Teaching Associate (TA) and Graduate Assistant (GA) positions available for graduate students. Openings are listed by college. Students should contact their department for information about openings.

Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships

  • The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office is the official hub for scholarship information at CSULB. The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office collects, organizes, and distributes information on hundreds of external scholarships as well as administers scholarships on behalf of the University.
  • CSULB Graduate Research Fellowship provides financial support to graduate students who conduct exceptional scholarly and creative activities and who come from educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The GRF award amount is $9,000 for an academic year ($4,500 per semester). The fellowship is non-renewable.
  • Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program provides funds to current CSU students to help them explore whether graduate school is right for them and to prepare those who would like to pursue a doctoral program in their chosen field of study.
  • State University Grant (SUG) program provides need-based awards to eligible undergraduate and graduate/post baccalaureate students who are California residents or otherwise determined as eligible, such as AB 540-eligible students. Students that apply for financial aid via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act application (CADA) are automatically considered for a SUG by the campus to which the student applies.

Travel Funding

  • ASI Student Travel Grants reimburse students for expenses related to academic conferences.
  • The Graduate Travel Fellowship provides funds of up to $1,000 for post-baccalaureate students to present research at conferences. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including undocumented and DACAmented students, are encouraged to apply.
  • Student Life and Development (SLD) Travel Grant is available for currently enrolled CSULB students that present an academic paper/research or a poster at a professional conference, workshop, seminar, and/or lecture.

External Funding

  • The Financial Aid and Scholarshiops Office is the official hub for scholarship information at CSULB. The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office collects, organizes, and distributes information on hundreds of external scholarships as well as administers scholarships on behalf of the University.
  • Graduate Studies Resource Center (GSRC) is a centralized source of information for graduate programs; application procedures and deadlines; student funding; and graduate writing support. Located on the 5th floor of the Library, the GSRC offers study space to individuals and small work groups to students from all majors and disciplines.

Loans

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