Financial Aid & Scholarship Office

Middle Class Scholarship

The Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) provides a scholarship to eligible undergraduate and credential students with family income up to $191,000 per year and a maximum annual household asset amount of $191,000. The Middle Class Scholarship may cover up to 40% of a student’s tuition and fees.

Chico State 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
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units
  • Limited to first undergraduate and teaching credential programs
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Not be in default on a student loan
  • Must not be incarcerated.

Submit a FAFSA(opens in new window) or the California Dream Act Application(opens in new window) by April 1 to be considered for the Middle Class Scholarship. Middle Class Scholarships are generally awarded in October and amounts vary according to each student’s eligibility. Students who receive Pell Grant, Cal Grant, State University Grant, Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits, Veterans fee payments, institutional need-based grants, institutional scholarships, and/or fee waivers are typically not eligible for the Middle Class Scholarship. 

Middle Class Scholarships are based on the state tuition fee amount and is contingent upon the number of students eligible for the Middle Class Scholarship statewide and the funding allocated by the State Budget.   

Additional Information:

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

WebGrants 4 Students(opens in new window)(WGS) is your portal for the Middle Class Scholarship award. The California Student Aid Commission contacts students via email so it is critical that you keep this information current on your WGS account.