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Step 3: Apply for Other Grants

Discover grants and stipends available to UC San Diego AB 540 students:

USS Equity Grant

  • The purpose of the USS Equity Grant is to eliminate the financial barrier that many students face as they seek opportunities for professional growth and preparation for graduate school.

  • In the past, the grant has helped students cover conference registration costs and related travel expenses (flight, hotel, ground transportation, meals), costs of graduate school entrance exams (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT), preparation classes (non-degree), and related preparation materials.

  • The criteria of expenses that may be covered is flexible, provided that the student is able to make a strong argument as to how the expense will support their professional development or preparation for graduate school.

  • Students may receive up to $500 throughout the year. Funds are not offered during the summer.

  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis starting Week 1 of the fall quarter and through Week 3 of spring quarter. See application for additional information.

  • Link to the Equity Grant application

Graduate Student Fellowship Grant

  • The purpose of the USS Graduate Student Fellowship Grant is to eliminate financial barriers that undocumented graduate students face who do not have a work permit face while trying to pay for graduate school. 

  • In the past, the grant has covered tuition and fees, and provided students with a stipend.

  • Funding is extremely limited and only available to undocumented students who are AB540 classified and do not have work authorization.

  • Contact Daniel Alfaro at for more information.