Middle Class Scholarship

Supporting you along the way


The Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) provides bachelor degree seeking undergraduate students enrolled at a California community college with a scholarship to help meet the total cost of attendance.


FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application Required

Students must complete the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application before March 2, 2023 to qualify for the 2023-24 academic year.

Eligibility Requirements

Students with family income and assets up to $201,000 may be eligible.

Eligibility is now based on the total cost of attendance including housing, transportation, books, and more, rather than just tuition costs.


For the most current details and criteria for the award, visit the California Student Aid Commission on the Middle Class Scholarship.

Awards may vary by student and by school.

Award amounts will be based on the cost of attendance for your college, your “available resources” (other financial aid you are eligible for, a self-help student contribution, and a parent contribution for dependent students with a household income of over $100,000), and other factors.

This grant may award up to 4 years depending on education level when awarded.

For More Information

Get the most up-to-date information and application details, including additional eligibility requirements on this financial aid program with the California Student Aid Commission.

More financial aid programs are available.

Pell Grants


Federal Pell Grants go to undergraduate students without college degrees who come from low-income families.

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Cal Grants get awarded to California resident undergraduates based on financial need, academic performance and other factors.

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Promise Grants


Low-income students and students receiving cash assistance may automatically apply for a California College Promise Grant (CCPG).

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Completion Grant

State Grant

The Student Success Completion Grant provides free money for students to take more classes and earn their degrees faster. Apply by filling out a FAFSA or CADAA form.

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Full-Time Student Success Grant


This financial aid provides additional support for full-time students through the Student Success Completion Grant. The Student Success Completion Grant now offers $4,000 per semester for students taking 15 or more units, and $1,298 per semester for students taking 12-14 units.

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Student Scholarships


The California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment offers over 3,000 student scholarships per year. Many private organizations also award various scholarships.

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Work Study Programs

Part-Time Employment

Federal work-study students earn money to pay for college by working a part-time job on-campus or out in the community.

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