Middle Class Scholarship provides new college finance opportunities

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Undergraduate students who have family incomes up to $150,000 and will attend a California State University (CSU) or a University of California (UC) in the fall can now apply for a new financial assistance program: the California Middle Class Scholarship.

Signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in July, the new program begins in the 2014-15 academic year and provides scholarships of various amounts to attend any of the 23 CSU or 10 UC campuses, depending on eligibility factors.

It offers sliding-scale discounts of up to 40 percent for families who don’t qualify for Cal Grants, federal Pell grants or UC/CSU need-based grants, said Sandra Jones, director of Central Valley Cal-SOAP, based in the University Outreach Services Office at Fresno State.

“The program is being phased in over four years, and each academic year the maximum amount of the scholarship will increase until 2017-18, when the maximum scholarship award will be up to 40 percent of the mandatory systemwide fees and tuition,” she said...

 

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