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California State University, Long Beach

Types of Aid

There are four basic types of financial aid available: Scholarships, Grants, Employment, and Loans.


Scholarships are private monies that are made available to students from various local community groups, corporate donors, and the University. You do not have to repay scholarships. Each scholarship usually requires a separate application.

Federal Grants

There are four types of federal student aid grants and one specialized grant/loan combination. All grants are awarded according to financial need, as determined by the federal formula that calculates your expected family contribution (EFC) from the information you submitted on the FAFSA. Students who are eligible for federal student aid have their eligibility for federal grants evaluated after completing the FAFSA.

State Grants

There are grant programs available for California residents only. Residency status is determined by the Office of Admissions at the time of your application. By filing your financial aid application (either the FAFSA – for FAFSA-eligible students, or the California DREAM Act Application – for Dream Act-eligible students) by the priority deadline of March 2, eligible students may be considered for one of the state grants.

Student Employment

Federal Work-Study is a federally funded program that provides employment opportunities to students with the highest financial need. Placement is limited.

Federal Loans

Loans are funds that you must repay. The Federal Loan programs offer a secure, government-regulated and reasonably affordable way to invest in yourself and your goal of a higher education. Even though some loans are based on financial need, there are programs available to all federally eligible students regardless of income. Types of loans include Federal Perkins Loan, Direct Stafford Loans, and PLUS Loans (for Graduate Students or Parents of Dependent Undergraduate Students).

Private Loans

Private Education Loans, also known as Alternative Loans, are credit-based loans that can help bridge the gap between the actual cost of your education and the amount of your other financial aid funds. Private loans are offered by private lenders and should only be considered after exhausting all other sources of funding including federal loans.


The TEACH Grant (Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education)  Program provides grants for students who intend to teach  in high-need fields in low income schools.  The program is available only to students fully admitted into an eligible teaching credential program at CSU Long Beach.

CSU Cost Calculator (CSUCC)

Use CSUCC to get an estimate of your financial aid eligibility. CSUCC is a free service designed for high school and college students (freshman through senior) and is offered through the CSU Mentor website. NOTE: The use of CSUCC does not constitute an actual application for financial aid. To receive financial aid from a California State University campus, you must complete the appropriate financial aid application (either the FAFSA – for FAFSA-eligible students, or the California DREAM Act Application – for Dream Act-eligible students) Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). See How to Apply.

Eligibility for financial aid is the amount that remains after the student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is subtracted from the cost of education. The cost of education is the amount the University estimates the student will spend to attend college for the academic year. The cost of education includes the basic State University Fee, various campus-based fees, room and board, books, supplies, transportation and miscellaneous personal expenses.