According to the UC Office of the President and our own campus policies, Block Grant funds are intended primarily to support the cost of attendance (i.e., tuition, fees, Gaucho Health Insurance, and non-resident supplemental tuition) for new or continuing students. Block Grants may also be used for stipends that can supplement other fellowships or employment.
To receive these awards, students must be continuously enrolled and remain in good academic standing. Student who have reached the P3 class level are not eligible for Block Grant funds. U.S. citizens and permanent residents awarded Block Grant support are required to have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file by March 2nd.
Block Grants for continuing students are awarded through an application process that takes place in April-May for the following academic year. Award decisions are typically announced at the end of May, beginning of June and are made based on financial need, academic standing, employment and various other factors. In the past, award amounts have varied from $3,000 to $12,500 based on need as perceived by the Education Fellowship Committee.
The TEP awards the majority of Block Grant funds to its students during the application process. Additional Block Grant award funds may be available during the academic year (e.g., international student practicum support, emergency situations). If you have an additional financial need/emergency during the academic year, please speak to your Cohort Coordinator:
ESC - Andrew Fedders
MST - Sarah Jacobs
SST - Tim Dewar