In addition to scholarships, many other types of Financial Aid are available to CSU Dominguez Hills students including grants, loans, and the work-study program. Scroll down to read more or click on the link below to get more information about a specific program.
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The Federal Pell Grant Program provides grants (funds that do not require repayment) to eligible undergraduates and first time teaching credential students who demonstrate need. Students pursuing a teaching credential are required to be enrolled at least half-time (6 units) each semester. Full-time awards range from $598- $5,815 per academic year.
Pursuant to federal regulations, effective with the 2012-2013 Award Year, a student's eligibility to receive a Federal Pell Grant will be 12 semesters (or its equivalent). This equates to a 6-year limit to receive Federal Pell Grant funds for undergraduate and first time teaching credential candidates. For Teaching Credential program candidates any Pell Grant funds used as an undergraduate student "count" toward their potential grant eligibility as a Credential student.
For information on how the lifetime limits for Pell Grants are calculated for the "equivalent of six years" visit:
State University Grants (SUG) are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who are California residents in a regular university degree program. This grant is awarded to students who submitted their FAFSA by the March 2 deadline and who demonstrate financial need. SUG awards range from $1,587 - $3,369 depending on enrollment and classification. Students must meet the following criteria:
In accordance with the disbursement rules established by the California State University Chancellor’s Office, State University Grant funds must be prorated for students based on their enrollment.
|State University Grant Disbursement per Semester|
Students who participate in the Older Adult Fee Waiver Program, receive vocational rehabilitation stipends, are enrolled through Extended Education (Alcohol & Drug Certificate, Orthotics & Prosthetics Therapy, CSD, MSW, MSQA, NCRP, etc.), recipients of Cal Grant A or B and students whose fees are paid by another party are NOT eligible for a SUG Award.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are awarded to undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Awards range from $200 - $800 per academic year.
Educational Opportunity Program grants are awarded to students who have been admitted to the University through the Educational Opportunity Program. Students must demonstrate financial need to qualify for this grant. Grants range from $400 - $800 depending on financial need and the availability of funding.
Cal Grant A is awarded to California residents by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). These awards are based on a student's grade point average and financial need. This grant is awarded to pay the state university fee.
Cal Grant B is also a state grant awarded to California residents to pay for living expenses (and sometimes the state university fee). The fee awards are the same as those for Cal Grant A. Freshmen awards are limited to the non-fee college costs such as living expenses, books and supplies, transportation, etc. When renewed by sophomores, juniors and seniors, a Cal Grant B may also cover all or part of the state university fee. For 2016-2017 the non-fee college cost component is $1,670.
Students must maintain half-time enrollment to be eligible for either Cal Grant Program.
In accordance with the disbursement rules established by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC), Cal Grant funds must be prorated for students who enroll less than full-time (12 units). These proration rules apply to all programs – Cal Grant A, B, and B-Stipend.
Cal Grant Fund Disbursement per Semester
|Unit Enrollment||Eligibility Percentage||Tuition/Fee Amount||Stipend Amount|
|9 - 11 units||75%||$2,052||$626|
|6 - 8 units||50%||$1,368||$418|
|1 -5 units||Ineligible||-0-||-0-|
For more detailed information about CSAC awards, visit the California Student Aid Commission.
Students who participate in the Older Adult Fee Waiver Program, receive vocational rehabilitation stipends, are enrolled through Extended Education (Alcohol & Drug Certificate, Orthotics & Prosthetics Therapy, CSD, MSW, MSQA, NCRP, etc.), recipients of Cal Grant A or B and students whose fees are paid by another party are NOT eligible for a Cal Grant A or B Fee award.
Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides a grant to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.
To request a CSUDH TEACH Grant, complete the TEACH Grant Request Form found on our Forms web page. If you answer "Yes" to all questions, submit the completed form to the Financial Aid Office.
There are conditions to receiving this grant that are not placed on other grants. Please make sure you understand these conditions prior to receiving the money.
In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant.
IMPORTANT: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of the TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant(s) was disbursed.
Schools serving low-income students include any elementary or secondary school that is listed in the Department of Education's Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits.
Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign TEACH Grant Agreement To Serve. The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgment by you that you understand that if you do not meet the teaching service requirements you must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were disbursed. Specifically, the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve will provide that:
If you receive a TEACH Grant but do not complete the required teaching service, as explained above, you will be required to repay the grants as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement. If you are not already committed to teaching a high-need subject in a low-income school, please use caution when considering this possible source of funds. According to some estimates, only 20 percent of students who participate in the TEACH Grant Program will be able to use the funds as grants, while many students will see their funds converted to loans with accumulated interest.
For students who are not Federal Pell Grant eligible; whose parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after 9/11/01; and who, at the time of the parent's or guardian's death, were less than 24 years old or were enrolled at least part-time at an institution of higher education. Due to the sequester, all Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grant award amounts first disbursed on or after October 1, 2015 and before October 1, 2016 must be reduced by 6.8%. For example, a student otherwise eligible for a Grant of $5,815 (the maximum Scheduled Award for 2016-17) the grant would be reduced by $395.42, resulting in a grant of $5,419.58.
Students with family incomes of $150,000 and $150,000 or less in assets may be eligible. Apply for financial aid by the March 2, 2016 deadline at www.fafsa.gov. AB 540 students may also qualify and should file their Dream application at www.caldreamact.org. Contact the Financial Aid Office at (310) 243-3691 or visit www.csac.ca.gov for more information.
Faculty & Staff Student Support Grant - Funding for this grant program is made possible by the generous donations from faculty and staff of the University. Students may incur unexpected expenses and require immediate funds, including car repairs, travel home for emergency family situations and other urgent needs. This fund provides one-time grants to cover the expenses of a temporary hardship for students that may result in withdrawal from the semester. The award amount ranges between $250- $1,000. To apply for this grant, students must complete the application and submit supporting documents via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each case will be evaluated on its own merit.
The Federal Work Study (FWS) Program provides funds to employ students (on-campus or off-campus who qualify for financial aid. Students will be considered for an award by having submitted their FAFSA by the March 2, 2016 deadline, having submitted any requested documents by the May 12 deadline and demonstrating financial need greater than $1,000. Students must be enrolled at least half-time to be considered for this program. Awards range from $1,000 - $4,000.
The first day a student may begin work for the 2016-2017 school year is September 1, 2016. The amount a student can earn is limited to the amount which appears on the Acceptance Letter. Students may not work more than 20 hours per week while classes are in session. During semester breaks, up to 40 hours per week can be worked.
In order to receive a paycheck, students are required to complete a timesheet. Your timesheet is to be submitted to your supervisor by the 27th of each month. Monthly paychecks will be based on your hourly wage and number of hours worked. Paychecks are normally available on the 12th of each month.
To assist students with securing employment, students should visit our website for a list of available positions via ToroJobs. It is recommended that the job search process begin as early as possible to ensure the best selection of jobs. Remember, jobs and funds are limited and we cannot guarantee that you will find a job.
The Federal Perkins Loan Program provides a long term, low interest student loan. These funds must be REPAID. Award amounts are based on financial need. Awards range between $200 - $4,000 per academic year. Repayment begins nine months after you are no longer enrolled at least half time at an eligible institution. The minimum repayment is $420 a year. The maximum repayment period is 10 years, but the actual amount of your payments and the length of the repayment period depends upon the size of your debt. No interest is charged until the repayment period begins. The interest rate is 5% on the unpaid balance. You will be contacted by ECSI via email to complete and sign a Borrower Information sheet and a Loan Promissory note.
The Federal Direct Loan Program provides low-interest, long-term loans through the University. These funds must be repaid. Funding for these loans comes from the Department of Education. These loans can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Eligible students must be admitted, in good academic standing, and enrolled in at least half time in a program leading to a degree, teaching credential, or approved certificate. If you drop below half time during a term or semester, the remainder of your loan may be canceled.
If you are eligible for a Federal Direct Loan, we have recommended one (either subsidized or unsubsidized or a combination of both) as part of your financial aid award. Read the following paragraphs to learn the differences between the subsidized and unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans. If you decide to borrow a Federal Direct Loan, you are required to complete an Entrance Interview Session and sign a loan promissory note.
The amount of a subsidized Federal Direct Loan you can borrow is the difference between the cost of education and your resources (family contribution, financial aid, and any other assistance you receive from the school and outside sources). However, you cannot borrow more than the federal maximum. If you are eligible for a subsidized Federal Direct Loan, the federal government pays the interest for you until your repayment begins. You will be assessed a 1.068 percent fee from each disbursement of your loan. These charges do not reduce the amount you are required to pay.
The unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan can replace all or part of the family contribution. However, the amount of the loan cannot be more than the difference between the cost of education and any financial assistance you will receive from the school and any outside source (including the subsidized Federal Direct Loan). If you are a dependent student, your total Federal Direct Loan (subsidized, unsubsidized, or a combination of both) cannot exceed the federal maximum for a subsidized loan. Interest accrues on the unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan while you are in school and during the six-month grace period before repayment begins. You have the option of paying the interest or to add the interest to the principal. You will be assessed a 1.068 percent fee from each disbursement of your loan. These charges do not reduce the amount you are required to pay.
The amount you may borrow is determined by your financial aid specialist. The federal maximums are:
|Freshman||$5,500 ($3,500 maximum subsidized loan)||$9,500 ($3,500 maximum subsidized loan)|
|Sophomore||$6,500 ($4,500 maximum subsidized loan)||$10,500 ($4,500 maximum subsidized loan)|
|Junior/Senior, 2nd Bachelor||$7,500 ($5,500 maximum subsidized loan)||$12,500 ($5,500 maximum subsidized loan)|
|Credential Students||$5,500 maximum||$12,500 ($5,500 maximum subsidized loan)|
Before receiving a William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan, first-time student borrowers must complete a Loan Entrance Counseling Session and Electronic Master Promissory Note (EMPN). You may fulfill both requirements by going online to StudentLoans.gov.
For the 2016-2017 academic year the interest rate is fixed at 3.76% for undergraduate subsidized and unsubsidized loans and 5.31% for graduate unsubsidized loans. There is a 1.068% origination fee.
Repayment normally begins six months following graduation or when you cease to be enrolled at least half-time. Payments and length of repayment period depend on the size of your debt but must be a minimum of $600 per year. Under special circumstances, repayment of Federal Direct Loan that is not in default may be deferred or canceled. Repayment, deferment and cancellation are handled by the Direct Loan Servicing Center.
The California Dream Loan is a subsidized loan program for undergraduate students with a valid California Dream Act application* and a valid AB540 affidavit on file with the Admission & Records Office. The CA Dream Loan is money that must repay with interest. The interest rate for 2016-17 is 3.76%. The interest rate is subject to change annually and does not accrue interest while you are enrolled at least half-time, during periods of approved deferment, and during the 6-month grace period before you enter repayment. You will be responsible for the interest charged at all other times. CA Dream Loans are to be repaid in monthly installments over a 10-year period and have a minimum payment of $50 a month. There is no penalty for prepayment. Repayment begins at the end of a 6-month grace period. The grace period begins once you graduate, leave school, or enroll less than half-time. Receipt of funds in one year does not guarantee availability or receipt of funds in subsequent years.
Private Education Loans are offered by private lenders and are credit-based consumer loans used solely to cover education costs. These loans tend to cost more than the educational loans offered by the federal government but are less expensive than credit card debt. It is the student’s responsibility to research private education loan resources, select a lender and apply for a private education loan via the selected lender's process. Once a lender has been selected and the application is processed, the lender will send the Financial Aid Office a request for certification of your enrollment and cost of attendance.
There are four important things you’ll need to think about when considering to borrow a private education loan: 1) Know about interest rates; 2) Compare the differences between fixed- and variable-rate loans; 3) Understand the factor in a loan’s interest rate and 4) Choose the interest rate type. For more information on private education loan, please visit http://www.finaid.org/loans/privateloan.phtml. A private education loan may be right for you if scholarships, grants and federal student loans do not cover your total education-related costs or you do not want to muddle credit cards, home equity, savings and investments with your tuition fees costs. It may also be an option if you are not applying for traditional financial aid but still need money to cover your education-related costs.
The Jewish Free Loan Association (JFLA) offers interest-free loans to students of all faiths in the Greater Los Angeles area. Loans are available for technical, vocational and trade school and undergraduate and graduate education. Loan amounts average $3,000, with reduced payments while students are in school, increasing three months after graduation. Students must be enrolled full-time with a GPA over 2.5 and two CA co-signers over 25 with a steady income and good credit. Please note: loan amounts and residency requirements vary depending on the program. To learn more on how to apply, visit http://www.jfla.org/apply-for-a-loan/how-to-apply/
If you have borrowed a Federal Student Loan that is in good standing (Stafford/Direct/Perkins) and you intend to teach in the K-12 school system full-time, you may qualify for two Loan Forgiveness Programs.
While both programs are available, you may not combine them for the same loan amounts (they cannot assume and forgive the same loan).