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 Middle Class Scholarship program is available for new, transfer, and returning undergraduate students with family incomes and household assets up to $171,000 per year who attend the a University of California campus.
To apply, submit a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application by March 2, 2019. 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.
MCS award eligibility is recalculated when the following awards are added or updated in your financial aid package: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Cal Grant and UC need-based grants.
In 2018-19, the maximum award for UC students is $5,028.