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There are many grant opportunities available to undergraduate and graduate students. Grants are gift assistance to students to pay educational expenses, with no obligation for monetary repayment. Some grants are based on financial need, others are based on academic achievement or merit, and some require a combination of criteria. Each grant has its own fulfillment criteria, application requirements and deadlines.

Some of the grants available include the following:

The Federal Pell Grant provides funds to eligible undergraduate and Teacher Credential students pursuing a first bachelor's degree or teaching credential. Pell Grants are awarded to eligible students without regard to priority filing date. The Pell Grant amount is based on your EFC and full-time enrollment for the academic school year. Pell Grant awards are reduced if you enroll in less than 12 units per semester, including Summer.

Federal Pell Grants
Enrollment status Full Time 3/4 Time Half Time Less than Half Time
Number of Units 12 or more units 9 - 11.99 units 6 - 8.99 units Less than 6 units

Lifetime Eligibility for Pell Grant

Regulations effective July 1, 2012 limit the receipt of a Pell Grant to a lifetime limit of up to 6 full-time years (600%). This includes community colleges, vocational schools and four year public and private universities. This limit will be tracked by the U.S. Department of Education.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants are awarded to eligible undergraduate Pell Grant recipients with exceptional need. Grant amounts are based on annual funding and priority is given to eligible full-time, first year students who apply for aid by March 2nd.

Eligible full-time undergraduates admitted through the Educational Opportunity Program may receive EOP Grant funds. Students with EOP admission questions may contact Student Academic Services at (510) 885-3751.

State University Grants, for California residents, pay the mandatory state university tuition fee for eligible Cal State East Bay undergraduate, graduate and teacher credential students. The grant pays to students who are enrolled in 7 or more units. Students with other registration fee payment resources, including fee scholarships, fee waivers, Cal Grant (fees) and Vocational Rehabilitation, and students who do not pay the State University Fee are not eligible to receive SUG. Students must notify the Office of Financial Aid if registration fees are paid by any third party. Grants are based on need and annual funding, and priority is given to eligible students applying by March 2nd.

  • Undergraduate students must have completed less than 150 semester units
  • Undergraduate transfer students must have completed less than 75 semester 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 these new SUG limits.

New Cal Grant applicants must complete the FAFSA (or California Dream Act application).  The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) must receive your FAFSA (or Dream Act application) by March 2nd. Cal Grant "A" pays the mandatory state university tuition fee for eligible undergraduates and for some teacher credential students. Cal Grant "B" provides access funds for new undergraduate recipients and subsistence plus state university fee payment for eligible continuing and some teacher credential students. Cal Grant awards are not available during Summer Quarter at CSUEB. Students must enroll and maintain full-time status to receive full-time Cal-Grant award, otherwise, the award willl be pro-rated.  Enrollment lower than 6 units will not qualify for the grant program.

New Cal Grant recipients receive award notices directly from CSAC. Continuing students may receive estimated Cal Grant awards on their Financial Aid Offer Letters. These renewal awards are based on previous receipt of Cal Grant at Cal State East Bay and are subject to verification by CSAC. Please let us know if you have withdrawn from any Cal Grant program at another institution. If you received a Cal Grant at another institution, you must notify CSAC using WebGrants 4 Students (WGS). You should also notify the Office of Financial Aid at Cal State East Bay.  If you are entering our teacher credential program and have a Cal Grant "A" or "B", you should contact the Office of Financial Aid for a Request for Cal Grant Teaching Credential Program Benefits form.

The amount of your Cal Grant (CG) awarding is based on your enrollment.  Any changes to your enrollment may impact your CG awards.

Notice to Dreamers:

Please ensure that your Dream Act application names match identical to that of your Admissions application.  If not, this can be remedied by:

a) Contact CSUEB's Records Department to correct your names to match that of what was submitted in the CA Dream Act application.


b) Contact CSAC (California Student Aid Commission) to correct your names to match that of what was submitted to the university.

Students with another registration fee payment resource, including fee scholarships, fee waivers, State University Grant, and Vocational Rehabilitation, and students who do not pay the State University Fee are not eligible to receive fee payment from a Cal Grant. Students must notify the Office of Financial Aid if registration fees are paid by any third party.

For further assistance, please contact:

Cal Grants Coordinator,  Ted Moy

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

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Income and Asset Ceiling

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant provides up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.Eligible teacher credential students may be awarded after they sign an Agreement to Serve on ED’s TEACH Grant website at   If you do not complete your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education (ED), with interest charged from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed (paid out).

A student whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. Must be ineligible for a Federal Pell Grant due only to having less financial need than is required to receive Pell funds, be under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of the parent’s or guardian’s death.

Graduate Opportunities and Financial Resources

California State University, East Bay offers numerous forms of financial support for current graduate students. The Academic Programs and Graduate Studies (APGS) Student Services office coordinates the many programs which provide financial resources and educational opportunities in support of your graduate education.

Graduate Equity Fellowship

Applications for 2018-2019 are due at 5:00 PM on Monday, May 7th, 2018. 

The Graduate Equity Fellowship Program seeks to increase the diversity of students completing graduate degree programs at Cal State East Bay, encourages continuation towards doctoral programs, and promotes consideration of university faculty careers. It provides fellowships for Cal State East Bay students with educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds who have had success in overcoming these disadvantages. Graduate Equity Fellowships are grants ranging from $500 to $2000 per year.

Program Eligibility

To apply for a Graduate Equity Fellowship, you must meet the following conditions:

  • be considered residents of the State of California for fee purposes
  • have maintained a GPA of at least 2.70 in all undergraduate work
  • have maintained a GPA of at least 3.25 in any graduate work
  • be admitted to CSUEB and to a state-supported Master's program as a classified or conditionally classified student
  • complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by June 1st and have financial need of at least $1,000
  • enroll in a minimum of 8 units per semester applicable to the master's degree during the academic year of your award, with graduation planned no earlier than Spring semester of that year. This requirement will be enforced - no exceptions.
  • demonstrate the potential to succeed in graduate school and to complete a master's degree program, as evidenced by undergraduate coursework and letters of recommendation.
  • have not received more than one previous Graduate Equity Fellowship.

Information and Application

For information about the program and an application form, please download the information sheet and application. Questions should be directed to Academic Programs and Graduate Studies at

All materials must be turned in by the May 7th, 2018 application deadline to the Office of Graduate Studies, SA 4500, on the Hayward Campus.

Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive (Forgivable Loan) Program (CDIP)

Application Deadline:  Applications due by 5:00 PM, Friday, February 16, 2018.
Submit all application materials to the Office of Academic Programs and Graduate Studies, SA 4500.

Through the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP), the California State University (CSU) provides financial assistance in the form of a student loan to a limited number of individuals pursuing doctoral degrees. The program seeks to provide loans to doctoral students who are interested in applying and competing for CSU instructional faculty positions after completion of the doctoral degree. The program is designed to increase the diversity of persons qualified to fill instructional faculty position in the CSU.

Through the Doctoral Incentive Program, students may borrow up to $10,000 per year (up to a total of $30,000 within a five-year period). Students who complete their doctoral studies and teach in the CSU system as full-time faculty members will have their loans forgiven at the rate of twenty percent for each year of teaching; those who do not obtain a CSU faculty position are required to repay the loan at an interest rate comparable to other graduate student loans. Employment at a CSU campus, however, is not guaranteed. Applicants are not required to be accepted into a doctoral program at the time of applying but must enroll in Fall 2017 to receive the award.

Information and Application

Detailed information about the CDIP program and applications are available on the CSU Chancellor's Office CDIP website. You can also attend our next information session on January 9th and 10th, 2018 at 4pm in SA (Student Administration Bldg.) 4600.

Appointments are available for faculty and students with questions about the program. Please call APGS at (510) 885-3716 to schedule an appointment.

Please note: California State University, East Bay applicants must turn in all materials to the APGS Student Services office by 5:00 pm, February 16, 2018.

California Pre-Doctoral Program

Applications will be available in early December and due February 9th, 2018.

California Pre-Doctoral Scholars receive $3,000 which may be used to:

  • attend or present research at professional conferences,
  • visit doctoral-granting institutions in the U.S.,
  • pay for graduate school application fees, the GRE, or GMAT preparation.

In addition, each Pre-Doctoral Scholar is eligible to apply for:

  • a fully-funded summer research experience with a faculty member in his or her discipline at a Ph.D.-granting university in the U.S.

The California Pre-Doctoral Program, jointly developed by the California State University and the University of California, seeks to increase the pool of potential California State University faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of economically and educationally disadvantaged students.  This program provides students with $3,000 to explore and prepare to succeed in doctoral studies through faculty mentoring, scholarly and research opportunities, travel to visit doctoral-granting institutions, membership in professional associations, and attendance at professional conferences. 

More information about this program is available on the CSU Chancellors Office website or attend our information sessions on:

  • January 9th, 2018 - 4pm, SA 4600
  • January 10th, 2018 - 4pm, SA 4600

Program Eligibility

CSU juniors, seniors, or graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply. You must be enrolled at CSUEB in Spring 2018, and also be enrolled for at least one semester of the academic year 2018-2019.

Applicants will be selected on the basis of three major criteria: the potential for success in completing a doctoral program, probable effectiveness of the student/faculty plan, and level of economic and educational disadvantage. Applicants work with a faculty sponsor to develop an overall plan, which will ultimately lead to enrollment in graduate school. The program provides an opportunity for summer research experience and funds for travel and other related activities.

Application Process

To prepare an application to the California Pre-Doctoral Program, you will need to:

1. Seek a CSUEB faculty sponsor.

2. In collaboration with your faculty sponsor, develop a 'Faculty Sponsor/Student Plan' for the funded activities you will engage in to prepare for entering a doctoral program.

3.  Complete and submit the 2018-19 Sally Casanova Scholarship application.

Completed applications will be composed of the application, three essay questions, transcripts, budget, and faculty letter of recommendation (all submitted online).

Appointments are available for faculty and students with questions about the program. Please call the Graduate Studies Office at (510) 885-3286 or email if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.  Students interested in applying should make an appointment to review their application prior to submission.

All materials must be submitted by the CSUEB application deadline of February 9, 2018.  Your application will be reviewed, and feedback provided. Once any changes have been made, the revised application will be forwarded by Graduate Studies to the CSU Chancellor's Office.

CSU Student Research Competition

Sacramento State University, May 4-5, 2018.

The 2018 Cal State East Bay delegation to the CSU Student Research Competition will be organized by the Center for Student Research, which will hold a series of workshops throughout the year to prepare all interested East Bay students for the competition. Please contact the Center for Student Research at for more information.

The annual California State University Student Research Competition, which is held each spring at a California State University, provides undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to showcase a recently completed research project and to represent Cal State East Bay. This system-wide competition showcases outstanding research conducted by California State University (CSU) students in the full range of academic programs offered on the 23 campuses that comprise the CSU system. 

Cash prizes are awarded for the most outstanding presentations. There are first and second place winners in both undergraduate and graduate categories.

Program Eligibility

Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at Cal State East Bay, as well as alumni/alumnae who received their degrees in spring, summer, or fall 2017, are eligible and encouraged to apply. Travel expenses for the ten-member team of Cal State East Bay will be covered by the university.

Information and Registration

 Please contact the Center for Student Research at or (510) 885-7335 for more information.

 CSR Scholar's Program

The Center for Student Research (CSR) Scholars’ Program offers Scholar development workshops and supports faculty-mentored research and creative activities. These types of activities are known to give students more frequent and more individual attention and feedback from CSUEB professors, which can result in increased academic success. The CSR also awards tuition scholarships to Scholars who attend CSR development workshops, as well as grant opportunities to receive funding for travel and supplies. CSR Scholars are freshmen through seniors as well as graduate students who vary in GPA, major, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and educational experience. The CSR is looking for students who are passionate about their future. Check out the CSR website or follow them on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook (@csrcsueb) for more info to apply.

Application window closes October 15.

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