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Important Updates

  • In observance of Juneteenth, Financial Aid and Scholarships will be closed on Wednesday, June 19, 2024
  • The Department of Education has announced they will send information from the 2024-25 FAFSA to schools in mid-March. This may result in a delay in financial aid packaging and offers for the 2024-25 academic year. While awaiting your financial aid offer, we encourage you to utilize the UC Davis Financial Aid Estimator to estimate your potential aid.

California's Middle Class Scholarship (MCS)

2023-24 MCS disbursements have begun. 
This will be an ongoing process during fall 2023 and will continue into winter 2024 as we continue working with CSAC to verify students' eligibility. If you find that your accepted MCS amount is different than your previously estimated amount, please review your MyAwards for additional aid that may have resulted in a reduction in your MCS amount. Changes in the cost of attendance and/or enrollment could also cause a reduction.

California's Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) is gift aid that pays up to 40 percent of tuition for California resident undergraduate students and for those seeking a teaching credential who meet maximum income and asset ceilings. Students must be FAFSA or CADAA applicants and must be attending a UC or CSU campus to be considered for this award. Income and asset ceilings are updated annually and posted by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). Offered amounts will be based on the institution's cost of attendance and the following:

  1. Any other gift aid for which the student is eligible (i.e., federal, state, institutional, or scholarship aid)
  2. A self-help student contribution of $7,898 (applied to all students) through a combination of loans, work, and/or scholarships
  3. A parent contribution for dependent students with a household income of over $100,000

These three factors collectively are referred to as a student’s “available resources.” These amounts are deducted from the student’s total cost of attendance to determine the MCS offer. Under this formula, offered amounts will vary widely among students, with each offer reflecting their costs and available resources. Your final amount will be determined after we have verified your eligibility.

Disbursement Information

The Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) is unit-sensitive aid and will be disbursed each quarter based on enrolled units.

MCS enrollment status and disbursement:
Enrollment Status Units % Disburse
Less than Half-time Less than 6 0%
Half-time 6 - 8.5 50%
Three-quarter time 9 - 11.5 75%
Full-time 12 or more 100%

For more information please visit Disbursement and Direct Deposit and Changes That May Affect Your Aid

Award Notification

Once the MCS offer is processed, students will receive an email to review MyAwards. Please note, that this program is contingent upon state funding. Qualifying maximum annual household assets and income are subject to change.