State and Federal Student Aid

Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant

This is a federal program for undergraduates with exceptional financial need who have not received a baccalaureate degree. A student's eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant is determined by the information provided on the student's FAFSA each year. To qualify, a student must be a US citizen or an eligible noncitizen.

Award amounts are estimated and are subject to changes in federal legislation. 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. Additional information regarding the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding students may receive over their lifetime is available at www.studentaid.ed.gov

Federal Supplementary Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

This is a federally funded grant program for undergraduates who have not received a baccalaureate degree. Funding is very limited. Applicants with exceptional financial need who apply for financial aid at Mills are considered. These federal grants range from $100 to $4,000 per year. To qualify, a student must be a US citizen or an eligible noncitizen.

California State Grants

A California resident who intends to apply for financial aid should also apply for a Cal Grant. The current deadline for the Cal Grant application is March 2 in order to be considered for the following academic year. The application for a Cal Grant consists of two documents: the FAFSA and the Cal Grant GPA Verification form. The postmark filing deadline for both documents is March 2 preceding the academic year in which the student is applying.

Cal Grant A

These grants are available to California residents from middle-income and low-income families to assist with tuition. Cal Grant A recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, and other criteria. Recipients whose computed financial need exceeds the state grant will be considered for other types of aid.

Cal Grant B

These grants are available to California residents from very low-income families. The program is designed generally for disadvantaged students but is not entirely so restricted.