Financial assistance is optional, and availability is dependent on fundraising efforts by COSMOS Statewide each year.  Financial aid funds are the result of generous foundation, corporate, and individual donors who care about the success of COSMOS students.  For more information about making a donation or learning about our donors visit our giving site.  

"Financial aid allowed me to participate in COSMOS!  Without financial aid I would have missed the oppourtunity to sit in a space shuttle and attend this amazing program."  COSMOS Alum


Submission Deadline: February 17th, 2017 by 5:00pm PST

To be considered for financial assistance:

  1. The applicant will select "apply for financial aid" in the online COSMOS Application,

  2. The parent/guardian will mail one of the following (not both):

  • Copy of the most recent Income Tax Return Transcript (2015 or 2016) summary page(s)
    *this is only the summary page(s) that show gross family income and family size, and does not need to come directly from the IRS

  • Copy of the official letter verifying TANF benefits
    *black out or remove social security numbers

Addressed to:

COSMOS Statewide
230 Physical Sciences & Engineering Library
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8596

*please remove or black out any social security number(s) and review our privacy policy


A request for financial aid will not affect your application eligibility, since awards are determined by COSMOS Statewide for the entirety of the State program. Financial aid is only available to financially eligible California students, out-of-state students are not eligible for financial assistance.

Financial aid requests must be complete and submitted with your application to COSMOS, and supporting documentation must be postmarked by the above deadline.  Failure to submit documentation by the deadline will render your financial aid application incomplete, but not your program application, and you will not be eligible for financial aid if admitted.  Requests for financial aid are not accepted after application deadline or program admission.


For more information on how to get your Income Tax Return Transcipts, see the IRS website.

For more information about Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, see the TANF website.