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I. Admissions

A. Before you can Apply

1. Graduate Programs 

Where can I get information on Graduate Programs? 

Do I need to apply for a graduate program if I only want to take a few graduate classes?

How much will my program costs?

 What is the application deadline to CSUB?

Can I apply to more than one graduate program?

I want to apply to a graduate program, but I need to raise my GPA, what do I do?

Of the courses I have taken at other institutions, which ones will transfer to CSUB?

 2.  Application  Fee. 

Where do I pay the application fee?

Are there refunds for application fees?

Is an application fee waiver available?

3.  Application Materials

If I graduated from CSUB and am doing a Graduate Program at CSUB—Do I need to submit official CSUB transcripts?

I graduated from CSUB then attended another University---Do I need to submit official transcripts? 

I cannot contact my professors for letters of recommendation/can I use recommendations from previous employers? 

What should I write in my statement of purpose?

Can I submit my unofficial transcripts until I get my official transcripts turned in? 

What if I received my degree from an institution outside of the U.S.A.? 

I want to apply to a graduate program but I need to raise my GPA, what do I do? 

Of courses I have taken at other institutions, which ones will transfer to CSUB?

4.  Tests

When are the GRE and/or GMAT testing dates?

What is the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)? 

You will be exempt from the GWAR if you meet any of the four criteria below:

 B. Processing Your Application

 1.  What is the Admission Process? 

What is the admissions process to CSUB? 

How do I find out what supplemental application materials are required for my program? 

Can I still apply to a program if I have not completed all of the requirements? 

Where do I submit my graduate admission application?  

 Who do I talk to for help in filling out the graduate application? 

How long will it take to process my application to CSUB?

How to I apply to the Credential’s program?

 C.  Checking Admission Status to Program. 

How do I check the status of my application? 

How would I know if there a hold on my account?

What classes do I need to take for my graduate program? 

What classes do I need to take for my Credential program? 

Have you received my letters of recommendation? 

Have you received my transcripts? 

Can I do more than one graduate program? 

 

D.  Requesting Application Changes

How do I change my academic program/degree objective?

How do I change when to start my program?

I have been admitted but did not attend.  What happens?

 If I submitted an application a previous quarter, then do I have to apply to the school again? 

 

E. After You Are Admitted.

 What happens After I am Admitted?

What do I do if I was denied from a program? 

Will my tuition change if I decide to pursue a Master’s degree instead of a second bachelor’s degree?

I took a quarter off and want to continue my Master’s program, do I need to submit anything or notify anyone?

Why am I unable to register for classes?

 II. Financial Aid 

What Financial Aid am I eligible for as a graduate student?

What is the cost of graduate programs? 

How long do I have to be a California Resident before I can receive state aid? 

Is it possible to get any more financial aid? 

 III. Graduate Student Center Services

How do I make an appointment with the Graduate Admissions Coordinator?

 A.  Posters

   What do I need to do to get a poster made?

B.  Technology Checkout/Check-in

How do I check out technology?

   How do I return my computer/Ipad?

 C.  Graduate Student Center Funding Opportunities

 1.  Initiatives

I am a student from the Antelope Valley Campus; can I still apply for the Initiatives? 

Can I apply to more than one Initiative? 

How much do the Initiatives award?  

What is required for the award payout?

When do I have to present my research? 

Can I apply to more than one Initiative? 

I completed a related workshop prior to being selected as a successful Initiative recipient.  Will that count toward the required workshops?

I am graduating within two quarters.  Can I still apply for an Initiative?

When is the submission deadline? 

 2.  Scholarships

Does the Graduate Student Center offer any Scholarships?

How are the payments disbursed?

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I. Admissions


A. Before You Apply


1. Graduate Programs


Where can I get information about CSUB's Graduate Programs?

CSUB offers Master’s Degrees, 2nd Bachelor’s Degrees, Certificates, and Teaching Credentials. Application deadlines may vary from each graduate program.

Visit CSUMentor for information on program offerings and deadlines.

You may also refer to our Academic Programs page for more information about the programs CSUB offers and their admission requirements or contact us at the Graduate Student Center at 661 654-2786 for detailed information.

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Do I need to apply for a graduate program if I only want to take a few graduate classes?

No. If you want to take a specific class(s), you may register through CSUB-Extended University.  For more information on CSUB-Extended University, click the following link: http://www.csub.edu/eud/

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How much will my program cost?

Contact the Cashier’s Office by phone (661-654-3222). Tuition costs at this link: http://www.csub.edu/finaid/cost/index.html

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What is the application deadline to CSUB?

Each graduate program sets it's own application deadline. All application deadlines are posted on www.CSUMentor.edu. Submitting your application early is strongly encouraged, so you can take advantage of any other requirements such as; placements tests, entrance exams, etc., that you may need to fulfill before the term begins.


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Can I apply to more than one graduate program?

Yes. You will need to submit one university application to create your post-baccalaureate account. You will need to submit a supplimental program application and all the required materials for each program you are applying to. 

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I want to apply to a graduate program but I need to raise my GPA, what do I do?

You can take classes through CSUB-Extended University, and/or look into conditional admittance to a program.  Students can also attend another institution, such as a Community College to raise grades.  You can contact Extended University’s by phone (661-654-2447), or email eud@csub.edu


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Of the courses I have taken at other institutions, which ones will transfer to CSUB?

You must contact the coordinator of the program you are interested in to find out which courses they will accept.  To find the coordinator for your program, click the following link: Academic Programs

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2. Application Fee


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Where do I pay the application fee?

If your submitting a hard copy of the application to the Graduate Student Center, then the application must have a copy of the receipt from the Cashier’s Office stapled to it.  NOTE: the Cashier’s Office only accepts cash and/or checks.

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  Is an application fee waiver available.

As per the Chancellor's Office, the Application Fee Waiver is no longer available for Graduate applications beginning Fall 2013 forward.

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3. Application Materials


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If I graduated from CSUB and am doing a Graduate Program at CSUB—Do I need to submit official CSUB transcripts?

No, we will be able to access your transcripts. Please indicate the dates you attended CSUB on your application.  

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I graduated from CSUB then attended another University---Do I need to submit official transcripts?

Yes, you need to submit one official transcript from each schools you have attended after CSUB.  

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I cannot contact my professors for letters of recommendation, can I use recommendations from previous employers?

You must refer to the guidelines recommended on the program packet or reference form. You may contact the coordinator to the program you are interested in for any exceptions. You can find the coordinator to your program at the following link: Academic Programs

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What should I write in my statement of purpose?

Some programs (i.e. Social Work, History, Anthropology, Biology, Geology, Credentials) have specific instructions and guidelines for what should be included in the statement of purpose, so please follow the guidelines recommended by the program to which you are applying for admission. If specific guidelines are not listed, the Graduate Student Center recommends you describe your reasons for applying to the proposed program, your preparation for the field of study, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the faculty committee in evaluating your motivation for graduate study. 

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Can I submit my unofficial transcripts until I get my official transcripts turned in?

Yes. An preliminary evaluation can be done by the Graduate Admissions Coordinator based on unofficial transcripts.  HOWEVER, an official transcript is required to complete your application. 


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What if I received my degree from an institution outside of the U.S.A.?

Official Translation of Transcripts

Admissions requirement is that all college/university transcripts from foreign institutions must be submitted for detailed, course by course credential evaluation along with degree posted. CSU, Bakersfield recommends the following evaluation services:
http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl635.pdf

Three year degrees from India are generally not considered the equivalent of a four year degree from the U.S. Exceptions would be degrees in areas such as science and engineering.

For additional information regarding international student requirements, please contact the Director of International Students and Programs, at (661) 654-6113.

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I want to apply to a graduate program but I need to raise my GPA, what do I do?

You can contact the department office of the program you are interested in applying to for further information.  NOTE: You can take classes through CSUB-Extended University, and/or look into conditional admittance to a program.  Students can also attend another institution, such as a Community College to raise grades.  You can contact CSUB-Extended University by phone (661-654-2447), or email (eud@csub.edu).

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Of the courses I have taken at other institutions, which ones will transfer to CSUB?

You must contact the coordinator of the program you are interested in to find out which courses they will accept.  To find the coordinator for your program, click the following link: (link to graduate fliers).

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4. Tests


 
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Which test do I need to take for my program?

To find out which test is needed to your program click the following link: gscwebsiteàacademic programs  More information about tests/exams is available at:http://www.csub.edu/testing/

More information about tests/exams is availabe at:

http://www.csub.edu/testing/

http://www.ets.org/gre

http://www.mba.com/the-gmat.aspx

http://www.ets.org/toefl

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When are the GRE and/or GMAT testing dates?

Testing location and dates at this link:

http://www.ets.org/gre

CSUB Testing Center

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What is the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)?

All graduate students must satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) as soon as possible. Graduate students may meet this requirement by passing the regularly scheduled examination (offered once a quarter) or by earning a “C” or better in one of the approved GWAR courses. Waivers for Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Students

You will be exempt from the GWAR if you meet any of the four criteria below:

  1. You graduated from a CSU or UC since 1980.
  2. As of Fall 2006, post-baccalaureate and graduate students with the following test scores (provided the test(s) were taken since 1980):
    GMAT - 4.5 or higher on the writing portion of the GMAT
    CBEST - 41 or higher on the writing portion of the CBEST
  3. GRE - 4.5 or higher on the analytic writing portion of the GRE General Test       
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You will be exempt from the GWAR if you meet any of the four criteria below:

  1. You graduated from a CSU or UC since 1980.
  2. As of Fall 2006, post-baccalaureate and graduate students with the following test scores (provided the test(s) were taken since 1980):
    GMAT - 4.5 or higher on the writing portion of the GMAT
    CBEST - 41 or higher on the writing portion of the CBEST
    GRE - 4.5 or higher on the analytic writing portion of the GRE General Test
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B. Processing Your Application


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What is the Admission Process?

  • Complete and submit a Graduate Admission Application online through CSU Mentor. Hard copies are also available at the Graduate Student Center.
  • Your application is downloaded into a central database and a myCSUB account is created.
  • You will receive an email notification acknowledging your application was received (the email will also include your student identification number, and instructions on how to check your status online). You will also receive a letter in the mail with this information.
  • Once you have submitted all required application materials, and transcripts to the Office of Admissions & Records. The Graduate Admissions Office reviews your application and materials to ensure that the minimum requirements are met in your application. (Includes financial support requirements for International Students).
  • The Graduate Admissions Coordinator will then forward your application packet with a university admissions evaluation to the academic program to which you are applying for a final review of admissions eligibility.  You will receive an email notification that your application is in-Department Review.
  • Once a decision is made, you will receive an email notification to review the results on your myCSUB account and a detailed letter will be sent to you shortly after.

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How do I find out what supplemental application materials are required for my program?

Please refer our Academic Programs for more information about the programs CSUB offers and their admission requirements.

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Can I still apply to a program if I have not completed all of the requirements?

You may be considered for conditional admission to a graduate degree program if, in the opinion of appropriate campus authority, you can remedy deficiencies by additional preparation.

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Where do I submit my admission application packet?

Please submit all application materials to the Office of Admissions & Records. For your convenience, you can also drop off application packets to the Graduate Student Center located in C-100 of the Dorothy Donahoe Hall building.  Students can also fax their applications to the Graduate Student Center at (661-654-2791).

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Who do I talk to for help in filling out the graduate application?

You can contact the Graduate Student Center by phone (661-654-2786), or by email (gsc@csub.edu).

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How long will it take to process my application to CSUB?

The application takes 4-6 weeks to be processed and evaluated. Failure to submit all requested documents will result in delays in processing. Once a decision has been made, the Admission Status on your myCSUB account will be updated, you will receive an email notification, and a letter will be mailed thereafter.

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How to I apply to the Credential’s program?

Complete and submit a Graduate Admission Application online through CSUMentor, and the supplemental Credential program application.

The supplemental Credential Program Application can be retrieved HERE

When completing the CSU Mentor application, the Degree Objective should read: “None”; the specific Program Objective should read: “Seeking a Credential in Education Only” (then select the type appropriate subject).

Below is an example of selecting Credential as an objective on the CSUMentor application.  

Credentials

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C. Checking Admission Status to Program


 
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How do I check the status of my application?

Information regarding your application can be found in your MYCSUB account. Scroll down to the MY APPLICATION STATUS to view the most current status of your application materials. If you have any outstanding items on your To Do List, please submit them as soon as possible, to continue the processing of your application. The Graduate Student Center can also assist you with verify receipt of documents. You may contact the Graduate Student Center by phone (661-654-2786), or by email (gsc@csub.edu).

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How would I know if there a hold on my account?

From your Student Center, click the details link in the Holds section. Click the hold link, such as Advising Hold - No Enrl to see more information about the hold. The Hold Item page opens. The Item List shows the Hold Item, Amount, Currency, Institution, Term, and Department associated with the Hold, along with Instructions on how to resolve the hold. Instructions are also available on the Student Guides.

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What classes do I need to take for my graduate program?

You must contact the coordinator of the program you are interested in for a course list.  To find the coordinator for your program, click the following link: Academic Programs 

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What classes do I need to take for my Credential program?

You must contact the Credentials Office to find out which courses you need to take. To contact the Credential’s Department, call (661-654-2110).

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Have you received my letters of recommendation?

Check your To-Do List for a change in the status of your letters of recommendation. If nothing has change one week of submission, contact us at the Graduate Student Center by phone (661-654-2786), or by email (gsc@csub.edu).

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Have you received my transcripts?

Check your To-Do List for a change in the status of your transcripts. If nothing has change after one week of submission, contact us at the Graduate Student Center by phone (661-654-2786), or by email (gsc@csub.edu).

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Can I do more than one graduate program.

No, you can only be catagorized under one program at a time.

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  D. Requesting Application Changes


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How do I change my academic program/degree objective?

The changes can be made to your original application if you submit a Request to Change Program/Plan  form (link change of program form) before an admission decision has been issued. However you still need to submit the required documents by the deadline for the program you are now applying to for consideration for admission. Any request to change program/plan after matriculation are subject to review, please follow the instructions on the Request to Change Program/Plan form.

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How do I change when I start my program?

You may defer your admission for up to one academic year, as long as you have not enrolled/ dropped classes. Submit a Request to Defer Application/Admission Term to the Office of Admissions and Records.  This request form is subject for review.

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I have been admitted but did not attend. What happens?

Graduate Admissions Applications are valid for one academic year. You may submit a Request to Defer Application/Admission Term to the Office of Admissions and Records. If you have accepted an offer of admission to another school, please email the Graduate Admissions Coordinator at gsc@csub.edu to update your application.

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If I submitted an application a previous quarter, then do I have to apply to the school again?

The application you submit to CSUB will last one year from the quarter you submitted it.

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E. After You Are Admitted


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What happens after I am admitted?

  1. Check your decision details online. Log onto myCSUB and review your To-Do list. Your myCSUB account will give you important information about your enrollment appointment, residency status, and financial account information.  
  2. Respond to your offer of admission and receive advising. If you choose to enroll at CSUB we ask that you please contact your program of study within two weeks of receiving admission to inform them of your intent to enroll and to schedule an appointment for advising.  You can find the contact person of your program at the following link: gscacademics 
  3. Financing your education at CSUB. Be sure to apply for Financial Aid by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid online if you have not yet done so. Click here for more information about Financial Aid and Scholarships. 
  4. Visit the Student Health Center website to read about the Mandatory Immunization Requirement.All the University's immunization requirements must have been satisfied prior to your registration for your second quarter at CSUB. 
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What do I do if I was denied from a program?

Contact the department and ask what you can change to become a better applicant. You may also contact the Graduate Student Center by phone (661-654-2786), or by email (gsc@csub.edu) for other program options.

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Will my tuition change if I decide to pursue a Master’s degree or Credential instead of a second Bachelor’s degree?

Tuition and Fees

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I took a quarter off and want to continue my Master’s program, do I need to submit anything or notify anyone?

No paperwork is necessary to continue registration as long as you return within one academic year. If you return to CSUB after one academic year or attend another school in your time away from CSUB, you will need to re-apply for admission. However, you should meet with your program advisor for any updates.

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Why am I unable to register for classes?

Below is a table of various enrollment error messages and how to resolve those issues:


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II. Financial Aid


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A. Funding

CSUB has some of the most competitive pricing for graduate programs offered in California!

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What Financial Aid am I eligible for as a graduate student?

Contact the Financial Aid Department by phone (661-654-3016), or email finaid@csub.edu

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What is the cost of graduate programs?

Contact the Cashier’s Office by phone (661-654-3222). Tuition costs at this link: http://www.csub.edu/finaid/content/cost_of_attendance/ 

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How long do I have to be a California Resident before I can receive state aid?

General Rule. To be classified a California resident for purposes of tuition and fees, adult students who are not precluded from residence due to immigration status must have established a primary and permanent domicile in California for at least 366 days and relinquished all ties to their past place(s) of residence.

Parent(s) of dependent students claiming California residence also must fulfill the physical presence and intent requirements. Students with out-of-state parent(s) also may have to prove financial independence. (See Financial Independence, p. 17.)” (University of California Residence Policy and Guidelines 2013-2014 Academic Year: http://www.ucop.edu/general-counsel/_files/ed-affairs/uc-residence-policy.pdf).

NOTE: Dena Gonzales handles all Residency issues at CSUB.

Phone: 654-3384 email: dgonzales6@csub.edu

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Is it possible to get any more financial aid.

You can apply to the various scholarships the campus offers, at the following link:  http://stars.csub.edu/STARS/ (The time period for application submissions is from February 1st to March 15th every year).   Additionally, you can check with financial aid on census day each quarter.  NOTE: Census Day is the day when financial awards to undergraduates return to the Financial Aid Office for various reasons-----you can inquire for an award. KEEP IN MIND that Undergraduate and Graduate Funds are separate and not equal.  Priority is given to Undergraduates.

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III. Graduate Student Center Services


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How do I make an appointment with for more information?

You may contact the Graduate Student Center to set-up an appointment with any of our staff, you can call by phone (661-654-2786), or by email (gsc@csub.edu).

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A. Posters


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What do I need to do to get  a poster made?

The Graduate Student Center does not charge graduate students for getting posters printed, and does not have the capability to frame or laminate posters.

If you want the GSC to print a poster for you, contact us by phone (661-654-2786) or email gsc@csub.edu to set up an appointment. 

NOTE: posters take at least an hour to print and dry.  

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B. Technology Checkout/Check-in


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How do I check out technology?

To be eligible for checking out laptops and Ipads, students must receive some form of financial assistance.  The technology checkout is done on a quarterly basis.  Laptops and Ipads are on a first come first served basis, and students must sign all our required documentation. NOTE: the sign up for checking out technology opens the first day of each quarter.   

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How do I return my computer/Ipad?

You must drop off the laptop/Ipad at the Graduate Student Center, for a quick inspection of the laptop/Ipad, and sign yourself out.

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C. Graduate Student Center Funding Opportunities


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1. Initiatives


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I am a student from the Antelope Valley Campus; can I still apply for the Initiatives?

Yes, all post-baccalaureate students can apply for an initiative.  NOTE: You must be able to present your project at CSUB upon its completion.

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Can I apply to more than one Initiative?

Yes, all post-baccalaureate students can apply for an initiative.  NOTE: You must be able to present your project at CSUB upon its completion.

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How much do the Initiatives award?

The total award amount is $1,500.  Three disbursements of $500 will be given upon completion of required milestones. The first $500 will be disbursed when the proposal is selected by the Committee, the second $500 after three workshops are completed, and the last $500 after the submission of a written and oral presentation.

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What is required for the award payout?

Regular contact with your faculty-mentor, completion of worksheets and paperwork, three GSC approved workshops, and a written and oral presentation at a special event hosted by the GSC.

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When do I have to present my research?

Presentations are normally presented one year from the award date, at a GSC hosted event.  However, some students can present at earlier times, in consultation with, and approval by the GSC Director.

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Can I apply to more than one Initiative?

Yes.  However, only one successful initiative proposal will be awarded.

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I completed a related workshop prior to being selected as a successful Initiative recipient. Will that count toward the required workshops?

No, you must attend three GSC approved workshops after your award.

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I am graduating within two quarters. Can I still apply for an Initiative?

Any graduate student can apply for the Initiatives; however, it depends on the type of proposal you are submitting.  Check with the Graduate Student Center director prior to submission.

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When is the submission deadline?

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2. Scholarships


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Does the Graduate Student Center offer any Scholarships?

Yes, The following scholarships are available:

Title V Scholarship: NOTE The application deadline is May 13th. Apply HERE

Graduate Equity Fellowship: NOTE The application deadline is May 5th.  Apply HERE

Student Faculty-Mentor Collaborative Initiatives: NOTE the application deadlines vary by quarter. Apply HERE

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How are the payments disbursed?

Payments are broken into three payments, and disbursed once a quarter.

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