Other Types of Aid

Your award letter may also include other awards that have been reported to the CSUMB Financial Aid Office. Examples include scholarships from private donors, California Veteran fee waivers, and Vocational Rehabilitation compensation. A minium self-help component will also be listed for single family Independent students enrolled less than full time.

Cal Vet tuition fee waiver for veteran dependents

The Cal Vet Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents waives mandatory system-wide tuition at CSUMB. The Waiver does not waive campus-based fees; the student is responsible for these fees. For a list of these fees, please visit the Tuition and Fees Schedule.

Students who are eligible for a Cal Vet Tuition Fee Waiver are ineligible for state aid. More information can be obtained by contacting your local County Veterans Service Office and/or Giselle Young, CSUMB VA Benefits Coordinator at giyoung@csumb.edu

International student & non-California resident fee waiver

At CSU Monterey Bay, international F1 Visa undergraduate students and non-california resident graduate students are eligible to apply for this waiver after their first year of residence in California. This was designed to waive a portion of the non resident fee portion at CSUMB. The primary purpose of the waiver is to recognize international and non-california resident students enrolled at CSU Monterey Bay who display exceptional scholastic achievements and dedication.


Undergraduate Students

  1. Enrolled at CSUMB at time of application (12 units minimum)
  2. Hold an F1 Visa
  3. Good academic standing (minimum 3.0 GPA)
  4. Completed one semester (or 12 units) of college level courses
  5. Demonstrate a history of exceptional scholastic performance (academic awards, honors, etc).

Graduate Students

  1. Enrolled at CSUMB at time of application (10 units minimum)
  2. Good Academic standing (minimum 3.0 GPA)
  3. Completed one semester (or 10 units) of college level courses
  4. Demonstrate a history of exceptional scholastic perfomance (academic awards, honors, etc).
  5. Employed by the University less than full time, but at least twenty hours per week.

1-2 Waivers are available per academic year. Interested students are required to submit a letter of intent to the Financial Aid Office (in person or by U.S. Postal Mail) no later than July 31st of each year. Faxes are not accepted. Students who were previously selected for a CSUMB this waiver are eligible to reapply. The typed letter of intent must include the following

  1. Professional aspirations, academic and personal achievements, history of participation and/or leadership in the community. Please list your intended or declared major and GPA
  2. Attach an unofficial transcript from the most recent institution attended.

Selection Process

The Financial Aid Director will make a final recommendation to the Vice President of Student Affairs. Final selection for the waiver will be confirmed in August of each year for the upcoming academic year. Finalists will be notified via CSUMB email.

Alan Pattee scholarship act: tuition fee waiver

Pursuant to the Alan Pattee Scholarship Act, Education Code Section 68120, children of deceased public law enforcement or fire suppression employees, who were California residents and who were killed in the course of law enforcement or fire suppression duties, are not charged mandatory system-wide fees or tuition of any kind at any California State University campus. Students who may qualify for these benefits should contact Ashlie McCallon at amccallon@csumb.edu or (831) 582-4077.

Graduate research assistant tuition waiver

California State University Executive Order 611 allows campus presidents or their designees to waive the State University Fee for graduate students who are employed as Teaching Associates (Class Code 2353 or 2354) or Graduate Assistants (Class Code 2355).

At CSUMB, the selection criterion includes 1) scholastic performance and 2) research and/or professional experience. Only students who have been awarded TA or GA positions are eligible for the waiver and they must continue to serve in these positions for each of the semesters that they receive the waiver. The waiver is for graduate students enrolled in state supported graduate programs only. Recipients must be engaged in full-time studies towards their degree, which means a minimum of 8 units per semester, this requirement may allow for a half time course load in certain situations.

Students who are interested in receiving a Graduate Research Assistant Tuition Waiver must first speak to the Dean or Chair of their academic program. All Graduate Research Assistant Tuition Waivers are initiated by the academic program, not directly by the student.

The Department Dean and the Student must complete the Graduate Research Assistant Tuition Waiver Form and submit to the Financial Aid Office by May 1 for the following Fall Semester and December 1st for the following Spring Semester.

Graduate Research Assistant Tuition Waiver Form