FAFSA School Code: 001146

Award Guide

AWARD GUIDE 2014-15 (pdf)
Understand your
financial aid award,
eligibility and

Middle Class Scholarship

The Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) is a new program beginning in the 2014-15 academic year that provides a scholarship to eligible undergraduate students with family income up to $150,000. 2014-15 Middle Class Scholarships will be awarded in October 2014.

CSU, Chico students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a California resident

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have AB 540 student status

  • Meet income and need based requirements

  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress

  • Not be in default on a student loan

  • Must not be incarcerated.

Complete a 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online or the California Dream Act Application. Use the California Dream Act Application only if you do not have a Social Security Number (SSN) or if you have a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) number.  You must file a FAFSA or California Dream Application by the March 2 deadline.


  • For the 2014-15 award year, students may be eligible for a scholarship of up to 14% of the system-wide state tuition fee if your family earns up to $100,000 per year.  Students whose parents earn between $100,001 and $150,000 per year may be eligible for a reduced scholarship of 10% of the system-wide state tuition fee.

  • The MCS will be phased in over four years. Each academic year, the maximum amount of the scholarship will increase until 2017-18, when the maximum scholarship award for families earning up to $100,000 will be up to 40% of the system-wide state tuition fee.  Students whose parents earn between $100,001 and $150,000 per year may be eligible for a reduced scholarship of no less than 10% of the system-wide state tuition fee.

  • Middle Class Scholarships are not set amounts and may vary by student.  The award eligibility is determined after you are awarded any federal Pell Grant, Cal Grant, State University Grant and institutional need-based grants for which you are eligible.   The MCS is a need based scholarship based on the state tuition fee and does not require repayment.  The final award will be based on the number of students eligible for the MCS statewide and the funding allocated by the State Budget.

  • If you are selected to receive a MCS, you will be notified by the California Student Aid Commission.

For additional information about this scholarship access the California Student Aid Commission’s website or contact the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) at 888-224-7268