Sources of Financial Support

Sources of Financial Support

There are many opportunities available to students in order to gain financial aid. Below are links to a variety of job opportunities, scholarships, grants and financial aid made available to CSULB students.

Financial support

  • Graduate Assistantship (GA – in Psych and other depts)
    • GA assignments provide support for either of these two courses: Intro Research Methods course or Intro or Intermediate Statistics courses . This involves preparing materials, grading papers, and for the stats courses assisting students helping students with various statistical software packages. A GA averages 10-hours/week & earns approximately $2600 per semester.
    • The applications are due in May for the Fall semester and November for Spring semester: Psychology Department GA application (fillable)


  • On-Campus Funding for Graduate students
    • CSULB funding opportunities for graduate programs (masters, doctoral, credential, and certificate)
    • In addition to grants, scholarships and fellowships, travel funds are available for students. 


  • California Pre-Doctoral Program (AKA Sally Casanova)
    • If you’re still weighing in on if graduate school is right for you or certain you want to go, you should consider applying to the California Pre-Doctoral Program. This is a one-time award. Current or former Pre-Doctoral Scholars are not eligible to reapply. Check with your Campus Coordinator for specific deadlines relevant to your campus.
      • Recipients receive funding for activities such as:
        • participation in a summer research experience program at a doctoral-granting institution, visits to doctoral-granting institutions to explore opportunities for doctoral study​, travel to a national symposium or professional meeting and related activities, such as membership in professional organizations and journal subscriptions, and graduate school application and test fees



  • CSULB Center for Scholarships  
    • Scholarships are categorized by Campus Scholarships and External Scholarships on this main hub. Campus Scholarships are only available to CSULB students based on your college/major and general university-wide categories. External Scholarships come from organizations and business that want to provide scholarships to students, but are not affiliated with CSULB.


  • Graduate Research Fellowship
    • Graduate students from programs in the College of Liberal Arts may compete in the annual Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) competition. The competition is announced each winter, and held the following spring. The University awards one fellowship per college per year. Fellows are awarded $4,500 each semester.


  • CSULB Financial Aid (uses FAFSA – apply by 3/2 to meet priority deadline for following Academic Year – extremely important)
    • See if you are eligible to receive funding from federal, state, and institutional aid programs. You must reapply for financial aid each year.
  • FAFSA (application for Federal and State funds)
    • Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form allows you to be considered for federal student aid. In addition, states and colleges use FAFSA information to award their own grants, scholarships, and loans.