Savings and Tax Credit Plans
Savings and tax credit plans are available to eligible Cal State East Bay students and their families. These are the Hope Credit, the Lifetime Learning Credit, and the Golden State ScholarShare Trust.
Hope and Lifetime Learning Credits
Both credits are claimed when you or your parents file federal income tax forms. The Hope Credit provides up to $1,500 for first- and second-year students. The Lifetime Learning Credit allows 20%, up to $5,000, of a family's tuition expenses to be taken in the form of a tax credit. Both programs have an income ceiling. Additional information may be obtained from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or a tax professional.
Golden State ScholarShare Trust
ScholarShare is California’s 529 savings plan. This college savings plan allows college savings to grow tax-deferred, and monthly contributions can be a small as $15.00. As college costs escalate, this plan can provide any U.S. resident, including parents and grandparents, an easy way to save for a child’s future college expenses. For more information on ScholarShare telephone (800) 544-5248 or visit the Web site at:
Don't Forget to File a FAFSA for Each Year
Students must apply each year to obtain financial aid or to continue receiving aid by submitting a FAFSA. FAFSA deadline for priority consideration is March 2.
Contact the Office of Financial Aid:
The Enrollment Information Center (EIC) is located on the first floor of the Student Services and Administration Building on the Hayward Campus. The EIC is open Monday 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., and Friday 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Call (510) 885-2784; or FAX (510) 885-2161. Telephone assistance is available Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. We are not available by phone on Fridays, please call back on Monday or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Academic Service Center, Concord Campus is Open Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. for Admission, Financial Aid, and Registrar general questions.
Financial aid counselor appointments are available the second Tuesday of each month from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Call (925) 602-6700
Contact Student Financial Services:
Student Financial services is located on the first floor of the Student Services and Administration Building on the Hayward Campus.
Open Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 – 4:30 pm.
Call (510) 885-3767
Offices Closed on Holidays
The above listed hours of operation are subject to change, and not applicable when the University is closed for regularly scheduled holidays.