Types of Financial Aid
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.
CIIS Diversity Scholarship
CIIS is a university deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and advocating for social justice. The university, guided by these principles, is offering forty $5,000 Diversity Scholarships for the academic year 2019-2020. In line with our institutional mission of embracing traditions that enhance social and political liberation, these scholarships are intended to support the recruitment of a diverse student body, particularly students historically underrepresented in higher education. To apply for the fall 2019 semester, submit an application by March 15, 2019.
Arc of Justice Scholarships
Arc of Justice Scholarships will be awarded to formerly incarcerated men and women to complete their Bachelor's degree in the School of Undergraduate Studies at CIIS. Depending on external funding and number of awardees, scholarships ranging between $2,500-$5,000 will be awarded annually.
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 Completion program awards the George R. Moscone scholarship of $3,600 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 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.
The Tonantzin Scholarship provides support for one to two Chicana, Latina, or Native American students enrolled in the Bachelor Completion Program; priority is given to undocumented students. The award ranges from $1,500-$3,000 each year depending on external funding.
Asia Cummings Endowed Memorial Scholarships
Through donations from the Ernest Christian Klipstein Foundation and other donors, each year two students in the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program will receive a $2,500 scholarship.
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.