Types of Financial Aid

Types of Financial Aid

Financial Aid and Scholarships offers loans and work-study to graduate students. Need is determined through filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application. We strongly recommend that you research all possible funding options in order to minimize loans and maximize any available grants or scholarships by contacting your respective department.

Admitted and continuing students may log in to MyAwards to review the types of aid that may be included in their financial aid package. We anticipate MyAwards will be released in June for the upcoming academic year.


Loans are financial aid awards that require repayment with interest under varying terms and conditions. Students may receive a maximum $20,500 in Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Students may also borrow up to the cost of attendance minus other estimated financial aid in Graduate PLUS Loan. During designated times of the year, Short-term loans are also offered. Students may also seek other alternative options such as Alternative Loans.


Work-Study is a program for students with financial need, and the school pays for a percentage of the costs of Graduate Student Research (GSR) employment. While you may be eligible, there are a limited number of Work-Study units available to graduate students.

Grants and Scholarships

Merit-based awards, such as fellowships, stipends, block grants, and scholarships are awarded by the Office of Graduate Studies, academic graduate groups or departments. Some of these fellowships, federal training grants, or scholarships are need-based; therefore, Graduate Studies requests that all graduate students file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application for full consideration of all sources of support.