State University Grant (SUG)


The State University Grant (SUG) program provides need-based awards to eligible undergraduate and graduate/post baccalaureate students who are California residents or otherwise determined as eligible, such as AB 540-eligible students.  It is funded by the State of California and administered by the California State University. The grant is designed to pay either part-time or full-time state tuition fees based on units of enrollment.

To Be Considered Eligible for SUG

  1. Complete the FAFSAOpens in new window or DREAMOpens in new window  application by March 2nd priority deadline.
  2. Student must be a California Resident or AB-540 eligible as designated by the Office of Admissions and Records.
  3. Submit all requested documents for verification by due date established on the Student's Center 'To Do List'.
  4. Continuing students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Note: SUG eligibility is determined annually based upon a student's Expected Family Contribution, satisfying the 4 requirements listed above, and is subject to availability of funds.

State University Grant (SUG) Enrollment Requirements

  • If a student is enrolled in 7 or more units, there is no change to the SUG award, since the State Tuition Fee remains the same.
  • If a student is enrolled in 6 units, the amount of the SUG award is adjusted to reflect the half-time State Tuition Fee.
  • If a student is enrolled in less than 6 units, the student is not eligible for the SUG award.

Students enrolled in less than half-time at census are not eligible for SUG funding, and their award will be canceled. An evaluation of final enrollment for a semester is at the University Census date, (this is last day of the add or drop period by permission, which typically occurs on the fourth Friday of the semester.

Note: Students must be enrolled in at least 6 units each semester to receive a SUG payment. Funding is limited and students who filed a financial aid application after the March 2nd priority deadline may be not be offered a SUG award. 


  • Students who are pursuing a second bachelor's  are not eligible for the State University Grant.
    • This limitation applies to the completion of a previous degree received at CSU, Fullerton or any other college/university. 
  • Students who receive tuition/fee waivers, vocational rehabilitation or sponsored tuition/fee waivers are not eligible.
  • Recipient of the State University Grant in one year does not guarantee the award for subsequent years due to availability of funds.
  • State University Grant awards are limited based on the number of units a student has earned and the published length of their academic program.
  • Students enrolled in a stand-alone Certificate Program are not eligible to receive the State University Grant.
Undergraduate Level Maximum Earned Units for SUG Award
Freshmen Admits 150 units * (All future transfer earned units are counted)
Transfer Students - Transferring less than 75 earned units  150 units* (CSUF Earned Units + Transfer Earned Units)
Transfer Students - Transferring 75 or more earned units 75 units

Students pursing their initial (first) Undergraduate degree are eligible to receive a State University Grant award up to the maximum earned units shown below.

* The following coursework is not counted toward the undergraduate units maximums:

  1. Pre-Baccalaureate or Remedial coursework that does not carry baccalaureate credit.
  2. Test credit (AP, IB, etc.) and Military credit.

Note: Students pursing a second undergraduate degree are not eligible for the State University Grant.

Career Actual Units of Enrollment Requirement Disbursed Amount
Undergraduate 0-5 units of enrollment Not Eligible
Undergraduate 6 units of enrollment Part-Time Tuition Fee *
Undergraduate 7 or more units of enrollment Full-Time Tuition Fee *

* Tuition Fee can be found on Student Business Services Website.