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California Middle Class Scholarship

California Middle Class Scholarship

The Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) is a program that provides undergraduate and credential students with family incomes up to $165,000 and a maximum annual household asset amount of $165,000, a scholarship to attend University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) campuses. If you are selected to receive the MCS, you will be notified by the California Student Aid Commission.

MCS scholarships are not set amounts and may vary by student and institution. To apply, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at or the California Dream Act Application at Deadline: March 2 and must be renewed each year.

Please note: The MCS is a tuition-paying award to help cover up to 40% of the mandatory tuition and fees. If you are awarded the MCS and are also receiving other tuition-paying awards such as Cal Grant, State University Grant (SUG), institutional need based grants, tuition exemptions or fee waivers, your MCS amount may be affected.

Notice:  Once you receive notification from the California Student Aid Commission that you have been awarded the Middle Class Scholarship, please allow 10 business days for the award to appear on your Financial Aid Summary in Bronco Direct.