If you’re attending a UC and want more information regarding what other types of grants, scholarships, loans, or work study programs are available to you make sure to check out the following information and links.
Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan
The Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan helps students to pay UC’s systemwide tuition and fees if they are California residents whose total family income is less than $80,000 a year and qualifies for financial aid.
Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) Program
The Middle Class Scholarship is made up of state allocated funds for UC students, and helps cover up to 40% of UC’s systemwide tuition and fees. The maximum scholarship amount depends on your families income of up to $177,000, and household assets of no more than $177,000. The MCS will cover between 10-40 percent of systemwide tuition and fees.
Financial aid doesn’t always cover your expenses and you may need to borrow money which is known as loans. If you’re attending a UC and looking into taking out loans make sure to talk with a financial aid advisor from your campus to see what are your best options.
Students typically work a part-time job in order to cover their school and personal expenses, and work-study is given as an option for students to be able to make payments towards their tuition. The money you earn through work study does not count as extra income and therefore it does not reduce your financial award packet. Work study is still taxable, so expect to receive a W-2 form from your employer.
California Dream Loan Program
If you are an undocumented AB540 student who is attending a UC and did not receive enough financial aid, check out the California Dream Loan Program that is funded by the state and UC in order to help undocumented students pay for school.
California Dream Act
If you are not a U.S citizen or permanent resident, you may still qualify to apply for financial aid through the California Dream Act. If you already applied to the California Dream Act and are attending a UC and have more questions regarding requirements, what’s available to you financially, and what information you need to fill out the California Dream Act application (UC)