The Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) is a new program beginning in the 2014-15 academic year that provides undergraduate students with family incomes up to $150,000 a scholarship to attend a University of California (UC) or California State University(CSU) campus. The MCS is not available to Community College students.
Students must meet the following requirements:
Be a California resident attending a UC or CSU; be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have AB 540* student status; meet certain income and other financial aid standards; maintain satisfactory academic progress; not be in default on a student loan; and, must not be incarcerated.
Apply starting January 1, 2014:
Complete a 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov or the California Dream Act Application at caldreamact.org. Use the California Dream Act Application if you do not have a Social Security number (SSN) or if you have a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) number. Make sure your email address is listed on your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application.
MCS scholarships are not set amounts and may vary by student and institution:
The amount is determined after you are awarded any federal Pell Grant, Cal Grant and institutional need-based grants for which you are eligible.
If you are selected to receive an MCS, you will be notified by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).
Need more information about this scholarship?
Contact your UC or CSU campus Financial Aid Office or check the California Student Aid Commission’s website for updates @ http://www.csac.ca.gov/mcs.asp