Financial Aid Information

The CSULB Financial Aid office assists students pursuing their higher-educational goals. You can learn about a variety of financial aid options including loans, work-study, grants, and scholarships. To apply for financial aid complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).


Grants are based on financial needs and are either federally or state funded. Grants do not need to be repaid. Options include: Cal Grants, Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, State University Grants.


Loans are based on financial needs and are federally or privately funded. Students are required to repay loans. Federal student loans may be available to FAFSA applicants; however, they are not available to DREAM applicants. Options include: Federal Perkins Loan, Direct PLUS, Direct Stafford Loan.


Scholarships are private funds that are made available to students through separate application processes. Scholarship awards do not need to be repaid. Students are encouraged to use CSULB's Center for Scholarship Information on Scholarships. Options include: Department Scholarships, Private Scholarships, Middle Class Scholarship.

California Dream Act - AB540 Students

AB540 students who do not meet the eligibility requirements for federal financial aid may qualify for state and university aid under the California Dream Act. Undocumented students who qualify are allowed to pay in-state tuition at the university. More information can be found on CA Dream Act.

Job Opportunities

Many students choose to work in order to defray the costs of their college education. There are many on-campus and off-campus job opportunities available. Visit our Career Development Center for more information. Options include: Federal Work-Study, student assistant positions, Off-Campus Employment