Financial Aid for Future Students | Cal State ┬ÚÂ╣├█╠ĎAV

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Financial Aid Information for Future Students

At Cal State ┬ÚÂ╣├█╠ĎAV, we are proud to support our future students with our extensive financial aid programs. Over 72% of students at CSUEB receive some form of financial aid. We understand that as an incoming student, affordability is one of the most important aspects of your enrollment consideration. That’s why we are here to help you explore your financial aid options and provide you with additional information on how to fund your education.


Cost of Attendance

At Cal State ┬ÚÂ╣├█╠ĎAV, our low tuition rates put your degree within reach. The estimated tuition and fees for in-state undergraduate and graduate students are $6,995 and $8,429 per year, respectively. For out-of-state students, tuition is paid on a per-unit basis of $396/unit. Other expenses such as books, food, and housing should be also taken into account aside from the mandatory tuition and fees. View the detailed cost of attendance.

Our goal is to make CSUEB as affordable as possible for you. With financial aid and scholarships, the cost of attending Cal State ┬ÚÂ╣├█╠ĎAV can be significantly lower. You can use our Net Price Calculator to estimate the financial aid awards you might receive. Please note that the calculator is a tool for estimation, not an actual offer.


Financial Aid Requirements

Various types of financial aid are available for future students including scholarships, loans, grants, and work study. Depending on your citizenship status, you are required to complete different financial aid applications before being considered for financial aid awards. If you are a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen, such as a permanent resident or refugee, you need to submit the (FAFSA) to apply for federal aid. If you are neither a US citizen nor an eligible non-citizen, you may have the option to apply for the California Dream and our Pioneer Scholarship.


Financial Aid Deadlines

We encourage our students to apply for financial aid as early as possible, as many awards are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Future students should start their application on December 31, 2023, complete the Pioneer Scholarship application by March 2, and submit the FAFSA or Dream Application by May 2. You can expect to receive the award letter in April. After receiving your award letter, don’t forget to confirm your admission acceptance by June 1. The financial aid should be disbursed to your student account in August. 


Below is a list of financial aid application deadlines. Please make sure to mark these important dates.

FAFSA/Dream Application: May 2 Priority Deadline

Pioneer Scholarship Application: March 2 (log in to view listing of scholarships with different application deadlines)

Confirmation of Admission Acceptance: June 1

FAFSA/Dream/Pioneer Scholarship Application: Available each year- October 1 


How to ┬ÚÂ╣├█╠ĎAV for Financial Aid

Essentially, as a new student, you need to provide information about you or your family’s finances before the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships can evaluate your qualifications and determine your award packages. To assist new students in completing their financial aid applications, we provide useful guidelines illustrating important steps in the application process. 

Learn more about applying for financial aid.


 Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Do you have more questions about applying for financial aid as a new student? We understand that it could be a daunting task to navigate through the financial aid process. That’s why our knowledgeable counselors are here to work with you and help you understand your financial aid options. If you need more information or assistance, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at (510) 885-2784 or

Next Steps

Financial Aid Timeline


October 1:  Start your financial aid application

March 2:  Deadline to complete your Pioneer Scholarship Application (log in to view listing of scholarships with different application deadlines)

Month of April:  Financial aid award letters will be sent to admitted students with processed FAFSA/CADAA applications

May 2:  Priority deadline to complete your FAFSA/Dream Application

June 1:  Deadline to confirm your admissions acceptance

Month of August: Financial aid awards disburse to your student account

New student financial aid FAQ's

  1. What is a financial aid award letter?
    1. The financial aid award letter includes information on the types of financial aid you were awarded.  You can view your financial aid award information through your letter or your MyCSUEB Portal. 
  2. I've been admitted, when will I receive my award letter?
    1. Award letters are sent to new students starting in April.  Students will receive an email when their award letter information is available.  If you have not received award letter, please contact us and we will be happy to give you an update. 
  3. What is an estimated award letter?  
    1. If we need to collect additional information from you to finalize your award letter, you may receive an estimated award letter.  Please remember that estimated awards may change after we have reviewed the information you submit.  
  4. Tuition is due now, how do I tell the Student Financials Office I am using my financial aid to pay my bill?
    1. Students that have enough term financial aid to cover their term bill will not be dropped for non payment. Although the disbursement date is after the payment deadline, Student Financial Services will accept your pending financial aid as payment. If your financial aid is less than your term bill, you will need to settle the difference with the Student FInancial Services Department.
  5. I received a loan on my financial aid award, but I do not want to take a loan?  How do I decline it?
    1. You can accept/decline/reduce your loan award amount through your MyCSUEB Portal, under the financial aid tab. 
  6. My family's financial circumstances have changed since we applied for aid.  Can Cal State ┬ÚÂ╣├█╠ĎAV take these changes into consideration?
    1. If you or your parent(s) financial situation changed after you applied, or any time during the academic year, you may be eligible to submit a special circumstance appeal.  For more information, please refer to the Special Circumstances section of our website or reach out to our office.