Federal and state grants are two forms of financial aid that do not need to be repaid. Most grants are awarded based on demonstrated financial need.
Two federal programs provide grant assistance based on need.
Award amounts are estimated and are subject to changes in federal legislation. In 2018–19, Pell Grant awards ranged up to a maximum of $6,095 per student. The amount of Federal Pell Grant funding a student may receive over her lifetime is limited by federal law to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding. The six-year maximum applies to all students regardless of when or where they received their first Pell Grant. Visit the Federal Student Aid web page on Pell Grants for detailed information.
Most federal grants and need-based institutional grants are disbursed directly to a student's account electronically in two separate payments. If all disbursement requirements have been met, the first disbursement is made at the start of the fall semester, and the second disbursement is made at the of the spring semester.
The California Student Aid Commission administers grant programs for undergraduates and is an important source of support for California residents.
Cal Grants replace need-based Mills College scholarships. Mills will not replace Cal Grant funds for students who would have been eligible for a Cal Grant but failed to complete the required forms and application process by the required deadlines.
To be considered for a Cal Grant:
Cal Grants are disbursed directly to a student's account electronically in two separate payments. If all disbursement requirements have been met, the first disbursement is made at the start of the fall semester, and the second disbursement is made at the start of the spring semester.
Visit the California Student Aid Commission’s web page on Cal Grants for more detailed information.
In order to be considered for these need-based federal and state awards, a student must:
Eligibility for need-based funding from Mills, such as an FSEOG award, is determined by: