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NewSchool of Architecture and Design administers programs funded through the California Student Aid Commission.

Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B

These grants are awarded to students showing financial need and from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Awards are also based on academic achievement and can only be used at an approved California college or university. Both programs are renewable for up to four years, with a fifth year of eligibility for students in the five-year architecture program. You must submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), as well as a GPA verification form certified by a high school or college official no later than March 2 of each application year.

2013-2014 Cal Grant Award Changes

In the upcoming 2013-2014 award year, the California Student Aid Commission reduced the Cal Grant A and B awards per state legislation to the following amounts:

Cal Grant A                     $4000
Cal Grant B 1st year        $1473
Cal Grant B 2-5 year       $5473

For more information please contact our financial aid office at (619) 684-8818 or go to

California Dream Act Information

The California Dream Act of 2011 is the result of two bills, Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130) and Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131). Together, these bills allow undocumented and documented students who meet certain provisions of AB 540 law to apply for and receive access to the Cal Grant and other aid offered in and by the State of California. For more information and to begin your application please visit

Student Tuition Recovery Fund

California law requires that, upon enrollment, a fee be assessed in relation to the cost of tuition (Education Code Section 94342). These fees support the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF), a special fund established by the California legislature to reimburse students who might otherwise experience a financial loss as a result of untimely school closure.

For further instructions, contact:
Department of Consumer Affairs Consumer Information Division
1625 North Market Blvd, Suite N112
Sacramento, CA 95834

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