All current and prospective CSUMB students, regardless of nationality, citizenship, residency status, area of study, class level or grade point average, are encouraged to apply for as many scholarships as possible.  All students – current or prospective – should utilize this Financial Aid Scholarship website for additional resources.

If you are receiving an outside scholarship, you are required to notify the Financial Aid Office of your award. We are required to include those awards with your other financial aid award(s).

Application Process

Scholarships Available
Review the list of CSUMB Scholarships Available on the Undergraduate and Graduate CSUMB Scholarship Website and determine your eligibility. Please read all the information provided for each scholarship carefully! If you do not meet the eligibility requirements, your application will not be sent for committee review. For example: If the scholarship requires applicants to be biology majors and that is not your major, you do not meet the eligibility requirements for that scholarship.

Prepare your Personal Statement
The CSUMB Scholarship Application requires you to submit a personal statement.  Please review the scholarship’s requirements for a specific topic that may be unique to the scholarship.

Prepare your personal statement in Microsoft Word and make sure you do not exceed the maximum page length specified in the application requirements. After you are satisfied with your essay, proofread it again.

Additional application materials
Some scholarships require additional application materials, such as proof of military service.  To submit these types of materials—Attach the document to your application and make sure that each is document labeled with your name and CSUMB ID number.

The majority of CSUMB scholarships available through the Financial Aid Office site begin accepting applications in early October.  The application period for the 2014-2015 academic year opens on January 30, 2014. The 2014-2015 Scholarship Application Cycle is CLOSED.

Award Period Application Application Cycle Application Deadline
Academic Year 2014-2015 January to March Friday April 4, 2014

Applicant Selection

Eligibility verified
The application materials you submit for CSUMB scholarships are reviewed carefully by the Financial Aid Office  to ensure that you meet the specific scholarship’s requirements. If you do not meet the application and eligibility requirements, your application will not be sent for committee review. All students are required to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov

Committee review
Once your application has been reviewed for completeness and eligibility by the Financial Aid Office and, it is sent to the scholarship’s committee for review and consideration.

The scholarship’s committee is typically composed of university faculty and/or staff from the academic program or campus organization most closely affiliated with the scholarship.

Eligibility confirmed
The Financial Aid Office confirms the eligibility of the students recommended to receive the scholarships before notifying each recipient.

Applicant Notification
If selected, the Financial Aid Office will notify you by e-mail. Your Financial Aid Awards page in your CSUMB account will indicate next to each scholarship if you have been awarded. Check your CSUMB Account regularly.

Receiving Funds
Thank You Letter

Scholarship recipients must submit a thank you letter for each scholarship awarded by CSUMB. If you receive multiple scholarships, you must submit an individual thank you letter for each award.

Your scholarship award notification letter provides instructions for composing and submitting your thank you letter. Your thank you letter must be submitted by the deadline given in your award notification letter or the scholarship award will be rescinded.

Additional Financial Aid/Scholarship Resources

Outside Scholarship Requirements

Outside scholarships are private sources of scholarships offered from outside organizations. 

Please note: You are required to notify the Financial Aid Office of any scholarships you are receiving, including those awards issued by academic departments as well as those awards paid directly to you. We must include this funding with your other financial aid award(s). If necessary, we may adjust other awards.

Students who receive scholarships from their high school or community groups or other outside organizations should have their funds sent directly to:

CSU Monterey Bay
Financial Aid Office (SSB, 3rd Fl.)
100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA 93955

CSUMB will then disburse the funds directly to the student based on the donor's instructions.