State Programs

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.

*Cal Grant Award Information

Cal Grant A $4,000
Cal Grant B 1st year $1,648
Cal Grant B 2-5 year $5,648

*Subject to change annually based on State funding

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