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For information on the Cal Grant, go online to www.csac.ca.gov or call 888-224-7268.
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Students are automatically considered for a California
State Grant (Cal Grant) A, B, or C when they file the FAFSA application
prior to March 2nd of
the previous school year, and indicate that they are a California
Resident, as long as a GPA verification is filed
by the deadline.
With a Cal Grant you can get up to $12,192 per year to pay for college expenses at any qualifying California college, university or career or technical school in California
depending on which Cal Grant you are awarded and where you attend college.
Details are posted on California Student Aid Commission Web site
If you are a California graduating high school senior or recent graduate, or just got your GED, and meet academic, financial and eligibility requirements and submit a FAFSA and a GPA verification by the Cal Grant deadline then you may qualify for a Cal Grant for college or career or technical school.
Cal Grants are need-based grants provided by the State of California. To qualify, a student must be a California resident, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, obtain a social security number and be attending (or plan to attend) an eligible institution in California. Awarding of grants is based on financial need and academic performance, and funds are limited. And you don't have to pay it back. Note: Cal Grant offers are subject to state budget requirements. A student may receive only one Cal Grant, either Cal Grant A, B or C. The three grants are targeted to assist three distinct groups of applicants and are mutually exclusive.
Submit the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application (beginning in 2013) and your verified Cal Grant GPA by the deadline
Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (your parents don’t need to be citizens or eligible noncitizens) or meet AB540 criteria (beginning in 2013)
Be a California resident when you graduated from high school or meet AB540 criteria
Have a Social Security number or meet AB540 criteria
Attend a qualifying California college
Not have a bachelor’s or professional degree (except for Cal Grant A and B extended awards for a teaching credential program)
Have financial need based on your college costs
Have family income and assets below the established ceilings
Meet any minimum GPA requirements
Be in a program leading to an undergraduate degree or certificate
Be enrolled at least half time
Have registered with U.S. Selective Service (most males)
Not owe a refund on a state or federal grant, or be in default on a student loan
You must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP)
Types of Cal Grants
- will help pay for tuition and fees at four-year colleges
- award amounts vary by type of college — for 2016-2017, Cal Grants are up to $12,240 at a University of California campus, up to $5,472 at a California State University campus, and up to $9,084 at independent colleges
- has a GPA requirement. If you’re applying using your high school GPA, you must have at least a 3.0 GPA; if applying using your college GPA, you must have at least a 2.4 GPA
- requires that your course of study leads directly to an associate or bachelor’s degree, or qualifies you for transfer from a community college to a bachelor’s degree program
Cal Grant B
- provides a living allowance of up to $1,656, in addition to tuition and fee assistance after the first year, at a two- or four-year college
- pays most first-year students a living allowance only, which may be used to pay living expenses, books, supplies and transportation, as well as tuition and fees
- when renewed or awarded beyond your first year, you’ll receive the living allowance as well as a tuition and fee award (up to $12,240 at a UC campus, up to $5,472 at a CSU campus and up to $9,084 at independent colleges for 2016-2017)
- requires at least a 2.0 GPA
Cal Grant C
- assists with the costs of a technical or career education
- provides up to $547 for books, tools and equipment—and up to $2,462 more for tuition and fees if you’ll be attending a school other than a California Community College (community colleges don’t charge tuition and your fees will be waived as a Cal Grant recipient)
- is available for up to two years
If you qualify, you’ll receive an e-mail or letter notification to complete the online Cal Grant C Supplement in Web Grants for Students by the deadline. Even though a GPA is not required to apply for a Cal Grant C, you’re still encouraged to submit yours because it can only help your chances of receiving an award.
Four chances to get a Cal Grant Entitlement Award!
You can apply for a Cal Grant Entitlement Award in one of four ways:
Within one year after you graduate. Even if you have to go straight to work before going to college, you don't have to miss out on a Cal Grant.
As a community college transfer student, as long as you are under the age of 28.
As a high school senior.
Within one year of getting your GED.
Full-Time Student Success Grant
On top of the $1,670 annual Cal Grant B award paid at community colleges, the Full-Time Student Success Grant pays full-time Cal Grant B recipients an additional $600 annually. All full-time community college students receiving Cal Grant B or C will be offered this assistance, and only full-time students can receive this benefit.
When is the Cal Grant deadline?
You must apply by March 2 to maximize your opportunity to receive an award.
If you miss the March 2 Cal Grant deadline and you plan to attend community college in the fall, you have until September 2 to apply. However, the number of Cal Grant awards are limited.
Please Note: Community college students who missed the March 2nd deadline can still file a FAFSA by September 2nd and GPA verification and will be considered for a competitive Community College Cal Grant. Complete the September 2 GPA verification before September 2nd.
This is the link: California Student Aid Commission
More Information CSAC Web page
Got a GED but Do Not Have a GPA? You Can Get a Cal Grant.
Some students don't have a GPA, so certain test scores can be used instead. Please submit your test score along with the GPA Verification Form.
If you have a GED, submit your GED score directly to the California Student Aid Commission.
If you graduated from a school that doesn't provide grades, is not accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges or another regional accrediting agency, or doesn't have a course list approved by the University of California you must provide your ACT, SAT or GED score.
If you were home-schooled or attended a charter school you must submit your ACT, SAT or GED score.
If you graduated from high school more than five years ago you may provide your SAT or ACT score, or use a re-established GPA from your grades at a California Community College.
Can I get a Cal Grant if I’m going to a community college?
If you’ll be attending a California Community College in the fall and you missed the March 2 Cal Grant application deadline, you have a second opportunity to apply for a Cal Grant by September 2. Since the number of awards available in September is limited, you should try to meet the March 2 deadline.
If you receive a Cal Grant A but decide to attend a California Community College first, your award will be held in reserve for up to two years until you transfer to a four-year college (as a Cal Grant recipient, your community college fees will be waived and community colleges don’t charge tuition). Be sure to inform the California Student Aid Commission of any address changes during this time. When you’re ready to transfer, be sure to notify the Commission so that your Cal Grant eligibility can be re-evaluated. Also, let your new college know that you have a Cal Grant A Reserve Grant.
If you receive a Cal Grant B, you can use your $1,656 living allowance to help pay for books and other community college costs. (If you do, however, keep in mind that you’ll be using up Cal Grant eligibility that you may instead want to save if you’re planning to transfer to a four-year college.)
If you’re pursuing a career or technical education, you can use your Cal Grant C award to pay for books and supplies at a community college.
If you didn’t receive a Cal Grant for community college, you may qualify for a Cal Grant Transfer Entitlement award to attend a four-year college.
For March 2nd DEADLINE
In general, our college is able to provide a GPA Verification ONLY if you completed 16 units (this does NOT include Basic skills or ESL courses) prior to Spring term. All currently attending LPC students who completed 16 or more units (not including Basic Skills or ESL) prior to Spring term will be automatically certified electronically. Do not submit an individual form as it will not be completed. Students who have already been awarded a Cal Grant for a previous year need only re-file a FAFSA form, not a GPA verification form.
For September 2nd DEADLINE
In general, our college is able to provide a GPA Verification ONLY if you completed 16 units (this does NOT include Basic skills or ESL courses) prior to Fall term. All currently attending LPC students who completed 16 or more units (not including Basic Skills or ESL) prior to Fall term will be automatically certified electronically. Do not submit an individual form as it will not be completed. Students who have already been awarded a Cal Grant for a previous year need only refile a FAFSA, not a GPA verification form.
You should complete a paper GPA verification form if:
You completed less than 16 units of non-basic skills or ESL classes at Las Positas or any other college prior to Fall; you must submit your GPA verification directly to your high school. We are unable to help you at Las Positas.
Your combined units from LPC and a prior college are between 16 - 24 units prior to fall. You must submit your official transcripts from the prior college(s) to the LPC Admissions Office, and submit your GPA verification form to the financial aid office with a note to combine your prior college(s) GPA. A combined GPA will be calculated for you. You must allow 2 weeks for Admissions to calculate your combined GPA, so please plan ahead!
For further information visit the Cal Grant Program Web site
Get detailed application and award status information on your Chafee Grant 24 hours/day, 7 days/week!
Interactive Voice Response System 1-888-224-7268 or Web Grants for Students: www.chafee.csac.ca.gov/default.aspx