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 opportunity to sit in a space shuttle and attend this amazing program."  COSMOS Alum


The State of California and the University of California Office of the President support COSMOS by providing 20-30% of a student's tuition to attend.  The other portion is covered by student fees.  Your tuition covers four-weeks in on-campus dormitories with three meals per day, lectures and lessons with UC faculty, distinguished speakers, alumni, or supporters of COSMOS, and all materials required to be an active and engaged participant.  Financial aid funds are used to assist families with the student portion of the tuition.  Access is critical to our mission in serving the State of California, however we are limited by available funds, thus we offer most aid to the ones with the most need.


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.  Not all applicants will receive financial aid, but every effort is made to provide eligible students assistance.

Financial aid requests must be complete and submitted with your application to COSMOS, and supporting documentation must be postmarked by the above deadline.  Documentation must include gross annual family income and total number of dependents. 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 Transcripts, see the IRS website.

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