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Middle Class Scholarship

On July 1, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation creating the Middle Class Scholarship program, aimed at making higher education more affordable to middle-income families.

For more information about the program, please visit the University of California web page

Please note: The State of California-sponsored Middle Class Scholarship is different from UC Berkeley's Middle Class Access Plan. Receipt of a Middle Class Scholarship may affect your total Middle Class Access Plan award from UC Berkeley.

The Facts

Middle Class Scholarship program will be phased in over four years, starting with the 2014-15 academic year.

The Middle Class Scholarship program is available for new, transfer, and returning undergraduate students with family incomes and household assets up to $156,000 per year who attend the a University of California campus.

To apply, submit a 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application by March 2, 2017. Also, be sure your GPA Verification is on file with the California Student Aid Commission.

Middle Class Scholarships are based on a sliding scale according to your family income. The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) and your UC campus financial aid office will let you know your actual scholarship amount.

In 2017-18, the maximum award for UC students has yet to be determined (subject to state funding). In 2015-16, the maximum award for UC students was $3,690.