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Financial Aid

Cal State East Bay offers students more than $130 million in grants, loans, scholarships and other financial aid each year. To determine if you are eligible to receive financial aid, submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Federal Department of Education. Most students at Cal State East Bay are eligible to apply for financial aid. Many types of aid are available including grants, loans and the federal work study program.

Learn more about applying for Financial Aid.

Apply for all CSUEB Scholarship opportunities by using Pioneer Scholarships, the new online application system. Log in with your MyCSUEB credentials. For more information, please visit the Scholarships web site.

Important New Information and Announcements

New State University Grant Policy

Beginning fall 2013, Cal State East Bay and all other CSU campuses limited students’ State University Grant (SUG) eligibility to a specific number of completed course units. In addition, only full-time students may receive this grant. To receive SUG fulltime students must meet the following criteria each quarter:

  • Undergraduate students must have completed less than 225 quarter units
  • Undergraduate transfer students must have completed less than 113 quarter units
  • Single and Multiple Subject Credential students must have completed an amount of units less that the number required for their credential. For example, a student enrolled in a 45 unit credential program may only receive SUG for up to 45 completed units
  • Master’s degree students must have completed less that 125% of their required program units
  • Students pursuing second degrees or credentials may not receive SUG

Certain units, including advanced placement, international baccalaureate, military credit and pre-baccalaureate credit and credit by examination will not count against this new SUG limits.

New Limit on Subsidized Direct Loans

Students borrowing a first Direct Loan on or after July 1, 2013 may not receive Direct Subsidized Loan for more than 150% of the published length of their program. If the borrower exceeds the Direct Subsidized Loan limit, the borrower becomes responsible for the accruing interest on the Direct Subsidized Loans.

Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Limit

A recent Federal Regulation limits the number of years a student may receive a Pell Grant to the equivalent of six years of fulltime enrollment. To view the amount of Pell eligibility you have used, you may access the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) at: You must use your Federal PIN to access this web site.

Parent PLUS Loans

To learn about Parent PLUS Loans, visit the Information for Parents page.

Financial Aid Document Deadlines

Submit your documents for financial aid by the document deadlines shown in the following table:

Financial Aid Document Deadlines
QuarterDocument Deadline
Fall 2017 May 19, 2017
Winter 2018 July 3, 2017
Spring 2018 July 3, 2017
Summer 2018 July 3, 2017

After all requested documents are submitted, the 4 to 6 week evaluation process begins. Your application status may change, and/or additional documents may be requested from you. Check your To Do List in MyCSUEB often.

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