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Low Income Programs/Aid/Scholarships for UCs

et2020et2020 9 replies3 threads New Member
I am currently doing my UCs applications and I have several questions about the financial aid and scholarships at UCs.

1) Are there any low income programs at UCs? If so, does it require letters of rec?
2) Do these programs give me a boost in admissions?
3) Should I include in my personal statement about my financial problems as a low-income and first generation student?

Side note: I am applying to Santa Barbara, Riverside, Davis, and Irvine (reach schools)
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  • GumbymomGumbymom 28481 replies188 threadsForum Champion UC Forum Champion
    edited November 19
    Are you applying as a Freshman or Transfer?
    Are you a California Resident?

    Have you completed the FASFA and are you Pell grant eligible?

    What is your FASFA EFC? Have you run the Net Price Calculators for the UC’s? What is your college budget?

    UC GPA, test scores, SAT subject tests, EC’s and HS course rigor?

    https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/tuition-financial-aid/how-aid-works.html

    https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/campuses-majors/campus-programs-and-support-services/educational-opportunity-program-eop.html
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  • thumper1thumper1 75496 replies3310 threads Senior Member
    edited November 19
    https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-admissions/2161431-first-generation-student.html#latest

    According to this thread, the student is a CA resident.

    @et2020 do you know if you are Calgrant eligible? That is the CA grant given to students with lower incomes. If you answer the questions @Gumbymom posed, someone might be able to tell you if you are eligible.

    Are there any CSU or UC campuses within commuting distance of your home?
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  • et2020et2020 9 replies3 threads New Member
    @Gumbymom I am a California resident applying as a freshman.

    I completed the FASFA last number. Oh the FASFA website, it said that I can get up to $6,200 in Pell Grant and that my EFC was 0. (not sure if this is good or not) I have tried using the Net Price Calculators but I am not sure how to answer the question "Number of your family members who will be in college your first year" because none of my family members will be at college next year and the website would not let me put 0.

    My UC gpa is at 3.75 (on the low side), but my gpa for senior year will boost my gpa. I did not take any SAT subject tests and got a 1220 on my SAT (retaking). I am also currently taking 4 APs this year.
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  • thumper1thumper1 75496 replies3310 threads Senior Member
    edited November 19
    If you will be in college in fall 2020, you put ONE as the number in college. If no one (including you) was going to be in college, you wouldn’t need to do financial aid applications for the 2020-2021 academic year...right?

    So...when you do the net price calculators, you will enter ONE...because you will be in college.

    When did you complete the FAFSA...there is a typo In your post above. The 2020-2021 FAFSA became available for completion on October 1. Did you do that one...and did you enter one person in college?

    It would seem with a EFC of $0, that you would be Calgrant eligible. Someone with more knowledge of that can tell you what sort of aid you would receive via Calgrant funds, and how that interfaces with the Pell Grant.

    It’s good that your senior year grades will be good...but IIRC, the UCs use grades 10 and 11 only for GPA admission purposes....@gumbymom is this correct?
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  • GumbymomGumbymom 28481 replies188 threadsForum Champion UC Forum Champion
    edited November 19
    You would answer 1 family member in college (which is you).

    If your EFC is $0, then in addition to Federal Pell Grant which is the maximum amount for the year, you would be eligible for a Cal grant that should cover UC tuition.

    There is also the MIddle Class Scholarship:
    Award amounts are determined after a student is awarded any federal Pell Grant, Cal Grant and UC need-based grants for which the student is eligible. A student will be awarded a scholarship only if these awards, taken together, do not already exceed the amount that the student is entitled to under the MCS program.
    The final award amount will be based on the number of students eligible for the scholarship statewide and the funding allocated for the program by the State Budget.
    Many students with financial need will qualify for UC grants or Cal Grants that are worth even more than the amount provided by the MCS program. Think of the MCS award as a minimum level of grant and scholarship assistance – you may qualify for more, depending on your circumstances.

    Here is an example of a UC Financial package with an EFC of $0 but please run the Net Price Calculators for all the UC’s since the packages can vary.

    Cost of Attendance: $35,178
    Expected Family Contribution: $0
    Need: $35,178
    Financial Aid Package
    Cal Grant A: $12,570
    Federal Pell Grant: $6,200
    Federal Direct Subsidized Loan*$3,500
    University Student Loan: $2,000
    Student’s Self-Help* $2,500 (Work Study)
    University Grant: $6,122
    Waived Health Insurance: $2,286
    Total Financial Aid Package=$35,178

    Realize that you will probably need to take out the Federal Student loans and contribute to your college expenses by doing work study.
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  • GumbymomGumbymom 28481 replies188 threadsForum Champion UC Forum Champion
    edited November 19
    Just a note: UC’s do not consider Senior year grades in their GPA calculation so you will be admitted based on your 10-11th grades (UC GPA). Doing well Senior year, meaning no D’s or F’s will keep your provisional admission.

    You need to apply to the UC’s based on your current stats. For the best chances, UC Merced, Riverside and Santa Cruz should be your targets.

    2018 Freshman admit rates for UC GPA of 3.40-3.79 capped weighted and not major specific:
    UCB: 1%
    UCLA: 2%
    UCSD: 7%
    UCSB: 8%
    UCI: 7%
    UCD: 14%
    UCSC: 33%
    UCR: 49%
    UCM: 82%

    2019 UC capped weighted GPA averages along with 25th-75th percentile range:
    UCB: 4.23 (4.15-4.30)
    UCLA: 4.25 (4.18-4.32)
    UCSD: 4.16 (4.03-4.28)
    UCSB: 4.16 (4.04-4.28)
    UCI: 4.13 (4.00-4.25)
    UCD: 4.13 (4.00-4.26)
    UCSC: 3.96 (3.76-4.16)
    UCR: 3.90 (3.69-4.11)
    UCM: 3.73 (3.45-4.00)

    2019 Data:
    25th - 75th percentiles for SAT totals:
    UCB: 1340-1540
    UCLA: 1330-1550
    UCSD: 1300-1520
    UCSB: 1280-1520
    UCD: 1230-1490
    UCI: 1250-1510
    UCSC: 1200-1450
    UCR: 1130-1400
    UCM: 1020-1290

    Hopefully you have applied to some Cal States including your local Cal state which is within commuting distance??
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  • et2020et2020 9 replies3 threads New Member
    @thumper1 I completed the FAFSA before November.

    Are there other programs that I can apply to or do I not need to apply?
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  • GumbymomGumbymom 28481 replies188 threadsForum Champion UC Forum Champion
    edited November 19
    The UC’s and Cal States only require the FASFA for Federal student aid and for the Cal Grant and Middle Class scholarship eligibility. Your HS should automatically send in your GPA verification for the Cal Grant program.

    Are there any local community scholarships that you can apply? I would ask your counselor.
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  • aunt beaaunt bea 9903 replies64 threads Senior Member
    edited November 19
    A Cal Grant is money for college you don’t have to pay back. To qualify, you must apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by the deadline and meet the eligibility and financial requirements as well as any minimum GPA requirements. Cal Grants can be used at any University of California, California State University or California Community College, as well as qualifying independent and career colleges or technical schools in California.
    Everything needs to be in before March 2nd of each year. You have to apply for this every year.

    Cal Grants are for students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree or vocational or career training, and do not have to be repaid. In addition to meeting the financial criteria and Cal Grant requirements, you must:

    submit the FAFSA or CADAA application and your verified Cal Grant GPA by the deadline
    be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen or meet AB540 eligibility criteria
    be a California resident for 1 year
    attend a qualifying California college
    not have a bachelor’s or professional degree
    have financial need at the college of your choice
    have family income and assets below the minimum levels
    be enrolled or plan to enroll in a program leading to an undergraduate degree or certificate
    be enrolled or plan to enroll at least half time
    have registered with the U.S. Selective Service, if required to do so
    not owe a refund on any state or federal grant or be in default on a student loan
    not be incarcerated
    maintain the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards as established by the school. Recipients who do not meet the standards are ineligible for Cal Grant payment and will not use eligibility during the terms they are ineligible for payment.


    I'm attaching a fact sheet that may answer some of your questions.
    https://www.csac.ca.gov/sites/main/files/file-attachments/understanding_my_cal_grant_-_updated_11.21.17.pdf?1523981665
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  • et2020et2020 9 replies3 threads New Member
    I am applying to some Cal States as safeties and as target schools. I am local to CSULA and am applying there as a kineisology major.
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  • thumper1thumper1 75496 replies3310 threads Senior Member
    Read post #6 from Gumbymom...but then do the net price calculators for the UCs you are applying to yourself.

    You ask about applying for other forms of aid. This IS the aid that would cover a huge amount of your college costs. You could get full costs covered at a UC...but do check that.

    Once full costs are covered, what else would you need beside a job to earn spending money?
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  • GumbymomGumbymom 28481 replies188 threadsForum Champion UC Forum Champion
    @et2020: Did you run the Net Price calculators for the CSU’s that you applied? Compare those costs with the NPC’s for the UC’s. Your chances are much greater at the CSU’s than the UC’s so please have a backup plan (I think you mentioned PCC?)

    You really need to get a handle on costs so you can make some informed decisions once the acceptances start posting. If you can commute to your local CSU, then between the Pell Grant and Cal Grant, all costs should be covered including books and personal expenses. If you plan to live on-campus at the CSU’s, then there will be a gap since the Cal Grant for CSU’s assumes you will commute so you would need to come up with the difference to pay for room/board with work study/student loans/summer earnings and parent contributions.

    The UC’s tend to be more generous with financial aid so with the example I posted, your costs could be covered if living on-campus but you are expected to earn money through work study and take out the Federal Student loans.

    If you are looking at Physical Therapy school, you will want to keep costs/loans at a minimum since PT school is expensive.

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