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Types of Aid Available- GRANTS

Your financial aid package may contain a combination of grants and loans. Grants are considered "gift aid"- free money that does not need to be repaid. Below is a listing of the federal, state, and institutional grants for which you may qualify.  

Federal Pell Grant Program

Pell Grants are federally funded, need-based awards available to students pursuing their first undergraduate degree. Grants are awarded on a sliding scale based on a student's expected family contribution from the FAFSA and enrollment. Pell Grants are awarded assuming full-time enrollment. The award may be adjusted according to actual enrollment at the add/drop deadline for the term.

Full time    12 or more units

3/4 time    9 to 11.9 units

1/2 time    6 to 8.99 units

1/4 time    3 to 5.99 units

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program (SEOG)

SEOG Grants are federally funded, need based awards available to students pursuing their first undergraduate degree and have exceptional financial need. Priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients and those who have completed their FAFSA by March 2nd. These funds are awarded directly by Cal Maritime and are limited to the total amount allocated to the college by the U.S. Department of Education.

Cal Grant A

Provides need-based grant assistance to low- and middle-income students to offset tuition/fee costs for high graduates with at least a 3.0 grade point average. Recipients must also meet financial requirements. For 2014-15, the maximum Cal Grant A award for CSU students is $5,472 for undergraduates.These awards are limited to the total amount of the system-wide State Tuition Fee for full-time students. 

Cal Grant B

Provides need-based grant assistance to high-potential students from low-income, disadvantaged families to help offset tuition/fee and other costs for high school graduates with at least a 2.0 grade point average. Recipients must also meet financial requirements. In 2014-15, the maximum living allowance is $1,473 and the tuition/fee awards are the same as Cal Grant A ($5,472) for student enrolling at CSU campuses.

State University Grants (SUG)

Provides need-based awards to cover a portion of the State Tuition Fee for eligible undergraduate students who are California residents or are otherwise determined as eligible. System-wide, the priority is to award a SUG at least equal to the amount of the State Tuition Fee of $5,472 to eligible, first time undergraduate students.

In order for students to be eligible for SUG awards beginning in the Fall 2013 term, they must meet the following: 

  • Students must be enrolled at least half time;
  • Students must not have accumulated more than 125% units earned in their CSU undergraduate careers;
  • Students pursuing a second Bachelor's degree are not SUG eligible. The CSU will only fund the first degree.

Click HERE to view an eligibility matrix, broken down by degree.