Financial Aid Information

The CSULB Financial Aid office assists students pursuing their higher-educational goals. Here 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) at


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


Loans are based on financial need and are federally or privately funded. Students are required to repay loans. Federal student loans may be available to FAFSA applicants; they are not available to DREAM applicants. Options: 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 via Options: 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.

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.
Options: Federal Work Study, Student Assistantships, Off-Campus Employment