Paying for UC: The Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan
Students who are interested in attending the University of California are often discouraged by rising tuition costs and fees. However, thanks to the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, first-year and junior-year transfer students who meet the specific eligibility requirements can have their UC tuition and fees completely covered through grants and scholarships.
Eligibility requirements of the Blue + Gold Opportunity Plan:
- Be a California resident
- Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 2 and provide any additional documentation campuses may request by the specified deadline.
- Apply for a Cal Grant (if you haven’t already)
- Demonstrate income below $60,000 ($70,000 beginning in 2010-11) with financial need, as determined for federal need-based aid program
- Be in your first four years as a UC undergraduate (first two for transfer students)
- Meet other campus basic requirements for UC grant aid (for example, be enrolled at least half-time during the academic year, meet campus academic progress standards, not be in default on student loans, etc.)
As noted on the UC website, starting in the 2010-2011 school year, the income eligible for the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan increases to $70,000, helping an even greater amount of students during these difficult economic times.
While the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan doesn’t cover personal expenses, it does cover a large amount of the expense students face when attending UC. The key is to submit the FAFSA and apply for a Cal Grant, which consists of submitting the FAFSA and a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form. Check with the financial aid office at your school for help with both the FAFSA and Cal Grant, especially in the year you plan to apply/transfer to UC. For the 2010-2011 school year, community college students have until September 2nd to submit the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form, so if you haven’t done so already, mail it by the deadline.
In addition to the FAFSA, always look around for other grants and scholarships available as well, with specific ones geared towards your college major, leadership experience, community service, and so forth to help pay for all your college expenses.
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