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Types of Aid

Need help paying for college? There are a number of different kinds of financial aid that are available to students at CSUB. Please see summary below or click on the links at left for more detailed information about specific programs.


There are a number of CSUB Scholarships available that are funded by corporations, non-profit organizations, and individual donors. Recipients are typically determined through a competitive application process based on academic achievement, financial need, and/or other criteria established by the donor. We also encourage students to apply for External Scholarships. Student athletes may be eligible for Athletic Scholarships.


Federal Grants and State & Institutional Grants are considered “Gift Aid” and are funded by federal and state governments, foundations, corporations, and/or non-profit organizations. Recipients are typically determined based on financial need, or in connection with a research proposal or project.  The proceeds of the grants are used to help offset recipients' cost of education and/or research expenses.


Stafford Loans and Perkins Loans are low-interest federal student loans that ensure the borrower will have a reliable and predictable source of funding. Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) (also available for graduate students) may be used to replace the family contribution to the extent that it does not exceed the difference between the student's cost of attendance and other financial aid. Nursing students are eligible for low-interest federal Nursing Student Loans. There are also many Private Loans available, but these tend to have much higher interest rates and fees, and should only be used when you have exhausted all other options. Short-Term Emergency Loans (up to $250) are also available to help with unanticipated emergency situations.


The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program is a federal campus-based program designed to provide students an opportunity to gain work experience on campus while earning money to help pay for their education. Jobs are available on campus, with flexible schedules that can be adjusted around each student’s class load. Money earned will not affect a student’s future financial aid eligibility.

Additional Types of Aid and Programs

  • Fee Waivers/Reduction
    The CSU system offers a variety of Fee Waiver and Reduction programs for various student groups, including California veterans, CSU employees and their dependents, California residents 60 years and older, International Exchange Students, and many more. Students who live and attend college in western states may benefit from the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Program, which allows out-of-state students to enroll at a reduced tuition level.
  • Tax Credits
    Education Tax Credits can help offset the costs of education. The American Opportunity (Hope Credit extended) and the Lifetime Learning Credit are education credits you can subtract in full from the federal income tax, not just deduct from taxable income. 
  • Fellowships & Internships
    Fellowships are typically awarded to students pursuing graduate or doctoral degrees and are used to help offset recipients' cost of education and/or research expenses. An internship is typically a hands-on learning experience within a business or organization setting that exposes the student to their field of interest.  

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022

Phone: (661) 654-3016
Fax: (661) 654-6800