Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan
The University of California Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan will help you cover your UC systemwide tuition and fees ($12,192 in 2013-14) if you are a California resident whose family earns less than $80,000 a year and you are eligible for financial aid. If you qualify for the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, your financial aid awards will include scholarships or grants of at least $12,192. Note that you cannot receive more awards under the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan than your calculated financial need.
The plan combines all sources of scholarship and grant awards you receive (federal, state, UC, and private) to count toward covering your fees. If, for example, you receive Pell and Cal Grants and private scholarships that don't fully cover your fees, UC grant money will make up the difference.
You will not see a “Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan” award on MyFinAid. These awards are calculated in the fall and will be added to your award package after most other awards have posted. If you receive additional gift aid from an outside source after the Blue and Gold gift aid has been added to your awards, your awards from UC may be reduced.
To be eligible for the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, you need to:
- Have filed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application by the March 2 deadline and meet all other financial aid deadlines and criteria, such as Satisfactory Academic Progress.
- Be classified as a California resident or be eligible for an AB 540 waiver.
- Apply for a Cal Grant (if you are not already a recipient).
- Have financial need (as determined for federal need-based aid programs).
- Be enrolled at least half-time and not be in default on student loans.
- Have income below $80,000 as determined for federal need-based aid programs. This is a measure of parents’ income for dependent students. It is a measure of student’s (and spouse’s, if applicable) income for independent students.
- Be in the first four years (two, if a transfer student) of your undergraduate attendance.
Learn more about financing a UC education at these UC Office of the President web pages: