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Middle Class Scholarship (MCS)
The Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) is a new program beginning in the 2014-15 academic year that provides undergraduate students with family incomes up to $150,000 a scholarship to attend University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) campuses.
MCS scholarships are not set amounts and may vary by student and institution.
If your family earns up to $100,000 per year: You may be eligible for a scholarship of up to 40 percent of the mandatory system wide tuition and fees: The maximum award amount is a lesser percentage of mandatory system wide tuition and fees for each academic year beginning in 2014-15 at 14%, 2015-16 (20%), and 2016-17 (30%.
Students whose families earn between $100,001 and $150,000 per year: May be eligible for a reduced scholarship of no less than 10 percent of the mandatory system wide tuition and fees.
Be a California resident attending a UC or CSU; be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have AB 540* student status; meet certain income and other financial aid standards; maintain satisfactory academic progress; not be in default on a student loan; and, must not be incarcerated.
Complete a 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov or the California Dream Act Application at caldreamact.org. Use the California Dream Act Application if you do not have a Social Security number (SSN) or if you have a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) number. Make sure your email address is listed on your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application.
Contact your University of California or California State University campus Financial Aid Office or check the California Student Aid Commission’s website for updates.
Veteran, Students and interns, Residents of CA only
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