AICCU is comprised of 78 private, nonprofit colleges and universities, which make up the Independent California Colleges and Universities (ICCU) sector. AICCU institutions are located throughout the state with 25 main campuses located in Northern California and 53 main campuses located in Southern California.

The Cal Grant program was created in 1955 to provide state grants to qualified California high school graduate attending independent, nonprofit colleges and universities. The partnership between California with ICCU colleges and universities seeks to efficiently use the state’s tax dollars by leveraging capacity in the independent, nonprofit sector to educate California students.

ICCU institutions award over 20% of all undergraduate degrees and over 50% of graduate degrees, making them the largest preparers of California’s advanced workforce.


Of undergraduates who attend independent, nonprofit institutions in California: