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California Middle Class Scholarship

New for the 2014/15 school year: students from middle class families have access to FREE financial assistance to help pay for college. California recently enacted a new scholarship program, the Middle Class Scholarship (MCS). Students with family incomes of up to $150,000 may be eligible. Apply for financial aid by the March 2, 2014 deadline at AB 540 students may also qualify and should file their Dream application at Please visit for more information.


  • California resident,
  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have AB 540 student status,
  • Meet certain income and other financial aid standards,
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress,
  • Not be in default on a student loan,
  • Not be incarcerated


The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) will notify MCS recipients of their award eligibility .  The maximum award amount will be based on the number of eligible applicants and funding allocated through the state budget.  Additionally, the maximum award amount will be phased in over the next 4 years.
  • 35% in 2014/15
  • 50% in 2015/16
  • 75% in 2016/17
  • 100% in 2017/18

Award Amount

  • Varies - By 2017/18 it will be up to 40% of mandatory systemwide fees for students whose annual family income is up to $100,000, and at least 10% of mandatory systemwide fees for students whose annual family income is between $100,001 and $150,000
  • Is determined after any Pell Grant, Cal Grant, and institutional need-based grant student is awarded is taken into account

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022 

Phone: (661) 654-3016
Fax: (661) 654-6800

Office Hours

Federal School Code: 007993

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