State Financial Aid Programs
Watch a short video explanation about Cal Grant and other state programs
Students are automatically considered for a California State 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 at California Student Aid Commission
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.
Are you Eligible for a Cal Grant?
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 two forms by the Cal Grant deadline then you may qualify for a Cal Grant for college or career or technical school.
What 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 a community college in the fall, you have until September 2 to apply. However, the number of Cal Grant awards is limited.
To be eligible for a Cal Grant you must:
- 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
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. So 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.
Got a GED? Don’t 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.
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.
Cal Grant A
3.0 High School GPA required.
Provides tuition assistance for a student attending a four-year institution. A Cal Grant A pays full enrollment fees at a CSU or UC, and pays up to $9084 tuition at a private institution. If you qualify for a Cal Grant A but choose to attend a California community college before transferring, you can reserve your award for *up to three years until you transfer to a tuition/fee charging college, provided you continue to qualify. (*California Student Aid Commission more info)
Cal Grant B
Cal B is awarded to very low income students with minimum
2.0 GPA required.
Cal Grant B provides a living allowance ($1473/year) for very low-income students at a California Community College. The enrollment status of the student i.e . full time, three-quarter time or half-time will proportionately affect the amount of money actually received.
More than half of all new Cal Grant B awards are for students who will be attending a California community college. When renewed by second, third and fourth-year students at a four year institution, a Cal Grant B will also cover all of tuition and fee costs at a CSU or UC, and up to $9084/year at a private four year institution.
Cal Grant C
Cal Grant C is awarded to community college students majoring in vocational programs. The grant is $547/year; the enrollment status of the student i.e . full time, three-quarter time or half-time will proportionately affect the amount of money received by eligible students.
WebGrants for Students
The California Student Aid Commission has created this website just for you, the student. The goal is to provide you with the tools you need to establish and manage your Cal Grant and/or Chafee Grant. Please visit WebGrants for Students
Cal Grant or Chafee Grant Information
Get detailed application and award status information on your Cal Grant or 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
Cal Grant GPA Verification Procedures
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 form, not a GPA verification form.
GPA Verification forms are available at the Financial Aid Office in Building 1600 (second floor) , and those who do not meet the criteria above should submit their form directly to the Financial Aid Office.
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 to the LPC admissions office, and submit your GPA verification form to the financial aid office with a note to combine your prior college 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 website