be a U.S.citizen or eligible non-citizen;
if male, be registered with the Selective Service (if required);
be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular matriculated student in a degree program;
be making Satisfactory Academic Progress;
not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal education loan;
not have been convicted of a drug related violation while receiving federal student aid;
and for state programs (Cal Grant and State University Grant), be a California resident.
Most federal, state, and institutional financial aid is awarded based on "need" Financial need is calculated as follows:
Check out the https://www.csum.edu/web/financial-aid/netpricecalculator with estimates need based financial aid eligibility and the net cost for a student attending a CSU. (Net price is defined as the cost of attendance minus grant aid).