State University Grant Eligibility

Effective with the Fall 2013 semester, the California State University has established eligibility limitations on a student’s ability to receive a State University Grant. These limitations are designed to ensure that students receiving state funding develop and maintain a timely path toward the completion of program/degree requirements.

Note: SUG Eligibility is determined annually based upon a student’s Expected Family Contribution, completion of the FAFSA or DREAM application by the March 2nd priority deadline, submission of all requested documents, and is subject to availability of funds.

SUG eligible students will be subject to limitations which cover several areas, as outlined below.

Minimum Enrollment Requirement

Students must be enrolled at least half-time in order to receive a SUG payment for any semester. Final enrollment for a semester is measured at University Census, (the last day of the add/drop period).

  • Undergraduate students: enrollment in 6 or more units is required.
  • Credential Students: enrollment in 6 or more units is required
  • Master’s Degree Students: enrollment in 4 or more units is required.
  • Doctoral Degree Students: (The EdD Program is not a SUG-eligible program)

Enrollment at a level below the specified units will result in cancellation of your University Grant for the semester.

Undergraduate Student Earned Unit Maximum

Students pursuing their initial Undergraduate degree are eligible to receive a SUG award for a maximum number of earned semester units (or the equivalent).  The maximum number of units for Undergraduates is:

  • Freshman Admits: 150 - Total Earned units*
  • Transfer students with less than 75 transfer units: 150 Total Earned units (CPP + Transfer)*
  • Transfer students with 75 or more transfer units: 75 earned CPP Units

For Undergraduate programs that have a published length of more than 120 semester units, the Earned Unit maximum will be adjusted based on the published program length.

* The following types of units are not considered against the Undergraduate Student Earned Unit Maximum:

  • Pre-Baccalaureate or Remedial Coursework that does not carry baccalaureate credit
  • Test Credit (AP, IB, etc.) and Military Credit

Please note that the SUG Unit Maximum is based upon earned units while the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards for the Receipt of Financial Aid is based upon attempted units.

Undergraduate students who may have exceeded the SUG unit limit (150 earned semester units or quarter unit equivalent) may appeal for a one-term extension of SUG eligibility if they are able to document a plan to finish a degree program within one term. An appeal must include supporting documentation indicating the remaining courses required.

Credential Student Earned Unit Maximum

Students pursuing their initial Credential are eligible to receive a SUG award for a maximum of 30 total earned semester units (or the equivalent) while enrolled as a Post-Baccalaureate Credential student. This maximum is based solely on those courses required by the state of California to earn the Credential.  The unit maximum includes all earned units from a prior credential program (that was not completed) and any applicable transfer units.

The maximum does not include any units completed in a non-credential post-baccalaureate degree program (Master’s; Doctorate).

The following Credential Programs at Cal Poly Pomona have an expanded Earned Unit Maximum for SUG, based upon the required units for program completion:

  • Single-subject Credential student: 36 total earned units
  • Intern Credential Program: 36 total earned units
  • Multiple-Subject Credential students: 42 total earned units
  • Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, Mild/Moderate Disabilities: 45 units
  • Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, Moderate/Severe Disabilities: 48 units

Note: Students pursuing a credential that have previously completed a credential program at Cal Poly Pomona or any other university are not eligible to receive a SUG.

Master’s Student Earned Unit Maximum

Students pursuing their initial Master’s degree have an earned unit maximum of 125% of the published unit requirement for their degree. To calculate 125% of your degree units, multiply the total units required for your degree by 1.25.

Degree Units Required

SUG Earned Unit Limitation (125% of Required Units)

30 units required

38 units

36 units required

45 units

45 units required

56 units

This maximum includes all earned units from the term of admission to a graduate degree program and any applicable transfer units. The maximum does not include units earned while classified as a Credential or Second-baccalaureate student.

Note: Students pursuing a second Master’s or any Doctorate degree are not eligible to receive a SUG award.

Students Pursuing Second Degrees and Certificate Programs

The CSU provides SUG funding only for the completion of a student’s initial degree/credential at the following educational level (initial Bachelor’s; initial Credential; initial Master’s). Students pursuing a second Bachelors, second Credential, second Masters, or any Doctoral degree are not eligible to receive a SUG award.

Note: This limitation applies to the completion of a previous degree received at Cal Poly Pomona or any other college/ university.

Additionally, students enrolled in a stand-alone Certificate Program are not eligible to receive SUG funding.