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Federal and State Aid

Federal and State Aid is defined as any financial aid originating from Federal or State resources.  Grants do not need to be repaid.

While it is the sincere intention of the Office of Financial Aid to offer the same opportunities to all students, Federal and State Aid is only available to US Citizens and “eligible non-citizens.”  If a student receiving a Federal or State Grant has also been awarded the Soka Opportunity Scholarship (SOS), the SOS will be adjusted so that the combination of State and Federal Aid with the SOS amount will not exceed tuition & fee costs.

This page only details grants and scholarships.  Loans and Federal Work-study information can be found on the “Self Help” page.

Federal Grants

Pell Grant

$602-$5,550 annually │ Need Based

The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduates and to promote access to postsecondary education.

Eligibility is based on financial need which is evaluated by the information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

$2,500 annually │ Need Based

The FSEOG is a need-based grant that is awarded to low-income undergraduate students.  This grant is co-sponsored by the US Federal Government and the university.

SUA gives priority to those students with “exceptional financial need.”

State Grants

Cal Grant A and B have very specific eligibility requirements which are only summarized below.   It is recommended that you visit the Cal Grant website  to read a full description on how to apply and who is eligible.

Cal Grant A: Entitlement and Competitive Grant

$9,223 annually │ Projected award over 4 years, $36,892

This grant is applied to tuition fees only and is not for use on other costs associated with your education. 

Eligible students must at least:

  • Be a US Citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be a California resident.
  • Have recently graduated from high school or have recently obtained a GED.
  • Have registered with the Selective Service if male.
  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 to earn the entitlement Cal Grant A.
  • Have income and assets below the minimum levels as determined by CSAC.


Students must complete a FAFSA by March 2nd 2013 to be considered for this grant.  In addition, students’ high school GPAs must be submitted by March 2nd to CSAC to be considered for the grant. Please visit the CSAC website for their form.

Cal Grant B: Entitlement and Competitive Grant

B Stipend $1,473 annually (4 years) +  Cal Grant B $9,223 annually (3 years)│ Projected award over 4 years, $33,561*

Cal Grant B isapplied toward tuition and fees.  B stipend must be applied to educational costs other than tuition and fees. Qualifying costs would include, but are not limited to, books, supplies, transportation, room and board.

Eligible students will have all of the same requirements as the Cal A recipients but will have lower income and asset ceilings.

*Though the total amount awarded by the Cal Grant B is lower over four years, the funds can be applied to other costs aside from tuition and fees.  Students who are receiving scholarships that total the full amount of tuition or more may choose to opt into the Cal Grant B if eligible.  This would mean that the student would have the extra funds to use toward other educational costs.

It is important to note that if a student receives Cal Grant A funds for the first year of study, he/she is no longer eligible to receive Cal Grant B funds.  Students must opt into the Cal Grant B program from the beginning of study. If you are eligible for both the Cal A and B Grants, you must make the decision about which Cal Grant program you would like to participate in before you receive your first disbursement. This means that you will have to notify CSAC of your choice.

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