Financial Aid and Scholarships is dedicated to assisting current and prospective students pursue their education at Cal State L.A by awarding scholarships, federal and state grants, and other aid to assist with educational costs.
Information on the CARES Act Emergency Funds related to the COVID-19 Outbreak
Information and Resources
We are excited to introduce a powerful new tool called GETanswers. Students and families can watch videos that provide general guidance on financial aid and financial literacy topics. GETanswers is available 24/7!
The Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) 2.0 program provides funding to help middle-class Undergraduate and Credential students attend Cal State L.A. Eligible students will begin to see a 2022-2023 Middle Class Scholarship 2.0 award in GET beginning February 20, 2023. Remaining students will be evaluated on a weekly basis by the end of Spring 2023. Additional information is available under the Grants section.
The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office is proud to introduce the EagleQ system. This system allows you to save your spot in line and join the virtual line before heading to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.
Apply for Financial Aid
The 2023-2024 FAFSA and California Dream Act Application are available for submission as of October 1st of every year. The priority submission deadline is March 2nd. Students who submit their Financial Aid Application after March 2nd may be considered for remaining financial aid, dependent on availability.
Financial Aid & Housing
Are you planning to live On Campus?
For commonly asked questions and answers about on-campus housing, visit the Office of Housing and Residence Life website.
Financial Aid Eligibility
To be considered for financial aid, you must:
be a US citizen or eligible noncitizen;
be registered with Selective Service (if required);
be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular matriculated student in a degree objective or teaching credential program. Unclassified Post-Baccalaureate students are normally not eligible for financial aid. If you are a student, check with the Center for Student Financial Aid. Extension/continuing education students are ineligible for financial aid.
be making satisfactory academic progress;
not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal educational loan;
have financial need (except for Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans and Plus Loans); and
be a California resident for state financial aid programs (SUG, EOP, Cal Grant A and B).
Special Circumstance Appeal
Students with special circumstances can submit a Special Circumstance Appeal to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office for re-evaluation. Appeals are typically reviewed in 2-3 weeks. Dury high peak processing periods review time may take longer. Once the review is completed, changes will be reflected in GET. If the appeal is denied, students will receive an email indicating the reason(s) for denial. To request a Special Circumstance Appeal Form submit a Financial Aid Advising Request
Federal Student Loan Forgiveness
For information related to the One-Time Federal Student Loan Debt Relief please visit the US Department of Education Website.