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.  

2017-18 Awards:

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


  • Complete the FAFSA or Dream Act Application by March 2, priority deadline.
  • Must be a resident of the state of California.
  • Undergraduate students with family incomes up to $150,000, and a maximum annual household asset amount of $150,000, may be eligible.
    • If your family earns up to $100,000, you may be eligible for a scholarship of up to 20 percent of the mandatory systemwide tuition and fees. In 2017-18, the maximum scholarship award will be up to 40 percent of the mandatory systemwide tuition and fees.
    • 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 systemwide tuition and fees. 
  • Students must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have a AB 540 student status
  • Meet certain income, asset, and other financial aid standards
  • 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.