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San Diego State University

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Middle Class Scholarship (MCS)

The Middle Class Scholarship is available to undergraduate California residents who attend a California State University. To be eligible, students must have a family income less than or equal to $171,000 and cannot have household assets over $171,000.

To apply

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a California Dream Act Application (for Dream Act-eligible students) by March 2 each year.


Each year’s amount will be based on the number of students that are eligible and the amount of funding allocated by the State Budget.

Students are limited in terms of time they can receive the award and it is based on the student’s grade level at SDSU.

The award amount is based on a sliding scale according to your family income and is reduced by other publicly funded, need-based financial aid you receive- this includes: Pell Grant, Cal Grant, and Teach Grant.

Outside fee paying resources will impact your award, and can cause it to be cancelled completely.

Availability of funds

If the MCS is part of your financial aid award, disbursement of the funds will not occur until after census each semester. Funds may be delayed or reduced depending on action of the Governor and the California State Legislature. 

Ten things you need to know about California's Middle Class Scholarship

Visit the California Student Aid Commission website to learn more.

Photo of students in cap and gown: California Student Aid Commission middle class scholarship

California Student Aid Commission

The Middle Class Scholarship is a California state-funded program that is administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). 

You will be considered automatically when you file a FAFSA (or CA Dream Application) by the March 2 deadline.

WebGrants for students

WebGrants for Students is CSAC’s secure website where you can monitor the processing of your Middle Class Scholarship application and award information.

Through WebGrants you can:

  • Confirm that CSAC received your application
  • Check your award status and award history
  • Change your address and other demographic information with CSAC
  • List SDSU as the first school to receive your California Middle Class Scholarship award information
CSAC WebGrants for Students