Middle Class Scholarship (MCS)

The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) will notify students if selected to receive a Middle Class Scholarship (MCS). The MCS will be awarded upon verifying eligibility requirements. Students may receive the MCS award for up to 4 years, depending on education level when awarded.  

2019-20 Awards:

Awarding of the MCS typically occurs in late October to early November. Visit CSAC for more information.


  1. Complete the FAFSA or Dream Act Application by March 2, priority deadline.
  2. Must be a resident of the state of California.
  3. The MCS provides undergraduate students, including students pursuing a teaching credential, with family incomes and assets up to $177,000, a scholarship up to 40% of the state tuition fee. 
  4. Students must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have a AB 540 student status
  5. Meet certain income, asset, and other financial aid standards
  6. Maintain satisfactory academic progress; not be in default on a student loan; and, must not be incarcerated.
Students who are auditing classes or taking classes for "no credit" are not eligible for any financial aid towards those registration fees.


View Ten things you need to know about California's Middle Class Scholarship.