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 Middle Class Scholarship web page.

Improving Access for Families

The Middle-Class Scholarship program is available for new, transfer, and returning undergraduate students, and students pursuing a teaching credential, with family income and assets up to $201,000 (subject to California State Budget Approval) for the 2022-23 academic year for those who attend a University of California campus.

To apply, submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application by March 2. Also, we encourage you to submit GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission for Cal Grant consideration.

  • Scholarship award amounts will vary by student and by the school. Award amounts will be based on the cost of attendance for the school of the student’s choice and the following program requirements: other available gift aid that the student is eligible for (i.e. federal, state, institutional, or scholarship aid), a self-help student contribution of $7,898 (applied to all students), and a parent contribution for dependent students with a household income of over $100,000. These three factors collectively, are referred to as a student’s “available resources.” These amounts are deducted from the student’s total cost of attendance to determine the MCS award. Under this formula, award amounts will vary widely among students, with each student’s award reflecting their costs and available resources.
  • The final award amount will be based on the number of students eligible for the MCS statewide and the funding allocated by the State Budget.  Pursuant to Education Code section 70023, MCS award amounts may be reduced at any time during the academic year if is determined that the funds appropriated are insufficient to cover the cost of the projected MCS awards.
  • MCS awards are also subject to change based on your enrollment level, or changes in your cost of attendance.
  • Students selected to receive an MCS award should be notified by the California Student Aid Commission of their eligibility by October 7th. UC Berkeley expects to have MCS awards posted to student financial aid packages by the last week of October.
  • If you have any questions or concerns regarding your MCS eligibility for the award year, please review your WebGrants 4 Students (WG4S) account which provides secure and easy access to your awarding status.