Types of Financial Aid

Please visit the Financial Aid page to find more information on types of financial aid available to undergraduate students.

Scholarships for all new students

All newly admitted students are considered for the CIIS Opportunity Scholarship. There is no separate application for this scholarship. Awards are determined primarily on financial need and students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To learn more, please click here.

Scholarships for Veterans: Post 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon

CIIS works with the Department of Veteran Affairs for those students eligible to receive GI Bill educational funding. CIIS also participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. The financial aid office needs to receive your Certification of Eligibility to process your veteran education benefits. For more information, please visit the Veterans and their Families page. For outside scholarships, take a look at this collection of scholarships for veterans.

George R. Moscone Scholarships

Since November 2011, the Bachelor of Arts Completion program awards the George R. Moscone scholarship of $3600 to public employees of the City and County of San Francisco who complete their Bachelor's degree at CIIS. The George R. Moscone scholarship is named in memory of George R. Moscone, who served as mayor of San Francisco and majority leader of the California State Senate. Moscone was assassinated at the same time as Harvey Milk.

Meet one of the George R. Moscone scholarship recipients, Luis Aroche - as profiled in CIIS Today, the community newsletter of CIIS, in fall 2012.

Barbara A. Garcia Scholarships

The Bachelor of Arts Completion program awards the Barbara A. Garcia scholarship of $3600 to employees of the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) who complete their Bachelor's degree at CIIS. Recognizing the great demand for an educated and diverse workforce to meet the needs of clients in San Francisco, the San Francisco Department of Public Health worked with CIIS to encourage and support their workforce to continue their higher education, and to ensure that they have greater opportunities in their advancement within the department.

Learn more about the Barbara A. Garcia and George R. Moscone scholarships and the first group of scholarship recipients to graduate with their BA degree from CIIS.

Outside Scholarships

We highly recommend that students research outside scholarships and grants, and have compiled a resource of links and directories to assist with this on our BA Degree Completion Program boards on Pinterest.

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