The Middle Class Scholarship provides undergraduate students with a scholarship to attend the University of California or California State University. Families with incomes up to $156,000 and a maximum annual household asset amount of $156,000 are eligible for the Middle Class Scholarship. In order to receive the Middle Class Scholarship, students need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application by March 2nd each year.
The Middle Class Scholarship is being phased in over four years. For the 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17 academic years, the maximum award amount will be 35 percent, 50 percent, and 75 percent of the total scholarship award amount that the student would otherwise be eligible to receive.
The award is determined after you are awarded any Federal Aid, State Aid and Institutional Aid. If you are selected to receive a Middle Class Scholarship, you will be notified by the California Student Aid Commission. The final award amount will also be based on the number of students that are eligible for the Middle Class Scholarship and the amount of funding allocated by the State Budget.
- If your family earns up to $100,000 per year, you may be eligible for a scholarship of up to 20 percent of the mandatory systemwide tuition and fees. In 2017-18, the maximum award will be up to 40 percent of the mandatory system ide tuition and fees.
- If your family earns between $100,001 and $156,000 per year, you may be eligible for a scholarship of no less than 10% of mandatory systemwide tuition and fees.
Please note that if you receive Cal Grant, you are not eligible for MCS funds.
For more information, you may visit the Middle Class Scholarship section of the California Student Aid Commission website.