Adult Student Scholarships

Many scholarship programs exist for high school students, but few scholarships are available for adults who are returning to school. California College San Diego provides scholarships for adult students who want to earn a career-focused degree.

We’ve designed the following scholarships specifically for adult students. Your eligibility is not based on your high school grades or your past education. For each scholarship, the award is for $3,000 if you’re enrolling in an associate’s degree program and $5,000 if you’re enrolling in a bachelor’s degree program.

First Time Degree Scholarship


First Time Degree Scholarship:

The applicant must be the first person in his or her immediate family (parents and siblings) to enroll for a college degree, and this must be the first degree program in which the applicant has enrolled.

Parents


Single Parent Scholarship:

The applicant must be the single custodial parent of a child under the age of 18 (proof required) and must presently be single, divorced, or widowed.

Moms in Math Scholarship:

The applicant must be female, must have children under age 18, must prove financial need through the FAFSA process, and must enroll in an accounting program.

Minority Groups


Hispanic Student Scholarship:

The applicant must be fluent in Spanish and English, be of Hispanic heritage, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.

African American Student Scholarship:

The applicant must be of African-American heritage and a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.

Asian Student Scholarship:

The applicant must be of Asian heritage and a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.

Native American Student Scholarship (Flagstaff and Phoenix campuses only):

The applicant must be of Native American heritage and a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.

Healthcare


Healthcare Provider Scholarship:

The applicant must enroll in one of the college’s healthcare programs and prove financial need through the FAFSA process.

Future in Nursing Scholarship:

The applicant must prove financial need through the FAFSA process, express the desire to enter the nursing profession, and enroll in a healthcare program.

Professionals


Professional Women’s Scholarship:

The applicant must be female, must be age 35 or older, and must be pursuing her first associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Professional Men’s Scholarship:

The applicant must be male, must be age 35 or older, and must be pursuing his first associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Entrepreneur


Entrepreneur Scholarship:

The applicant must enroll in a business program and submit a draft of a business plan.

IT Professional


IT Professional Scholarship:

The applicant must enroll in one of the college’s IT programs, prove financial need through the FAFSA process, and earn at least one vendor certification before graduating.

Leadership


Leadership Scholarship:

The applicant must show evidence of leadership experience.

Application

To apply for one of California College San Diego’s adult scholarships, prospective students should contact the location they would like to attend.

Generally, applicants will need to complete the following steps to apply for an adult scholarship:

  1. 1. Fill out a scholarship application
  2. 2. Sign an affidavit of eligibility
  3. 3. Write a 500-word essay
Scholarship Awards and Number Available

California College San Diego’s adult scholarship awards are $3,000 for recipients attending an associate’s degree program and $5,000 for recipients attending a bachelor’s degree program.

Scholarships Details
  • Applicants need to submit all their application materials at least one week before starting school.
  • Applicants can apply for more than one adult scholarship but can receive only one award from California College San Diego.
  • Scholarships are awarded ratably, by terms, during the course of a student’s program. Terms are normally four months.
  • Scholarship awardees must fulfill all college-entrance and program requirements.
  • Applicants do not need to take a test to apply for an adult scholarship. Previous high school or college grades do not affect selection of award recipients.
  • Scholarships cannot be transferred, apply only to tuition, and do not result in cash payment to a student. All scholarships are a credit toward tuition.
  • To stay eligible for an adult scholarship award, recipients are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout their enrollment. If a recipient’s cumulative GPA is below a 3.0, he or she will lose the scholarship and all future awards will be cancelled.
  • If a recipient withdraws or is terminated from California College San Diego, the scholarship is permanently forfeited.
  • Scholarships are available only to those who qualify, and they are limited in number.