Cal Grants are offered by the State of California to students attending eligible California institutions of higher education.  The Cal Grant program is administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).  Grants are funds that do not have to be repaid as long as you complete your courses successfully.

Cal Grant A & B generally cover up to 4 years of full time attendance (typically 2 years of that at a community college). In order to graduate within 4 years a student must take at least 15 units per semester. 

Cal Grant B

Cal Grants are awarded by the State of California and do not have to be repaid.

  • What it Covers

Cal Grant B Entitlement and Competitive awards provide up to $1,656 for books and living expenses, for full-time community college students. If you transfer to an eligible four-year college or university, Cal Grant B also helps pay for tuition, fees, and living expenses.

  • Eligibility

Cal Grant B Entitlement awards are for first-year, low-income students whose academic program is at least one academic year.

Cal Grant B Competitive awards are for disadvantaged and low-income students who have a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) and are enrolled in an academic program that is at least one year long.

  • How to Apply

To apply for a Cal Grant, you must submit the following by March 2 each year you are eligible:

  • FAFSAor the California Dream Act application* (if you do not have a social security number)
  • Verified Cal Grant GPA(Note: If you have completed at least 16 transferable/degree-applicable units and attended Merced College in the last 10 years, then your GPA will be submitted electronically. No paper Cal Grant GPA Verification form is needed.)

* Cal Grant Freeze Date (Census Day) will be applied to determine course enrollment eligibility. The number of units a student is enrolled in by the Census Day will determine the amount of Cal Grant is awarded.

* DACA and AB 540 students are not eligible for Cal Grant Competitive awards.

Cal Grant C

Cal Grants are awarded by the State of California and do not have to be repaid.

  • The Cal Grant C program provides Free Money to students pursing an occupational or technical program.
  • What it Covers

Cal Grant C awards pays $2,462 for tuition and fees and $547 for books, tools, and equipment at any Cal Grant eligible private for profit or private nonprofit institution.  Cal Grant C awards pays up to $1,094 at any California Community College

  • Students with dependent children (children under the age of 18 to whom the students provides 50% or more support to) may be eligible for up to $4,000 at a California Community College.

 Eligibility

Cal Grant C awards are for students enrolled in vocational programs that are at least four months long. Funding is available for up to two years, depending on the length of your program.

  • How to Apply

To apply for a Cal Grant C award, you must submit the following by March 2 each year you are eligible:

  • FAFSA or the California Dream Act application (if you do not have a social security number)
  • Verified Cal Grant GPA (Note: If you have completed at least 16 transferable/degree-applicable units and attended Merced College in the last 10 years, then your GPA will be submitted electronically. No paper Cal Grant GPA Verification form is needed.)

* Cal Grant Freeze Date (Census Day) will be applied to determine course enrollment eligibility. The number of units a student is enrolled in by the Census Day will determine the amount of Cal Grant is awarded.

 

CAL GRANT COMPETITIVE AWARDS

Who is considered for a Competitive Award:

  • Students who are not awarded a Cal Grant Entitlement award
  • Students who meet the general Cal Grant eligibility requirements
  • Students who complete a FAFSA or Dream Act Application

Competitive awards are limited to 41,000 awards each academic year. Students who are awarded a competitive award must claim their awards electronically using WebGrants for Students. Students are scored and selected for this award based on information from their CADA/FAFSA and their GPA. Scoring components include: GPA, parent education level, access equalizer, student or parent household status, family income and household size. 20,500 competitive awards are offered to students who meet the March 2nd filing deadline. 20,500 additional competitive awards are offered to students who are enrolled at a California Community College for the fall term and have a GPA reported by the September 2nd filing deadline.

California Community College students with 12 units or more may qualify for an augmented Cal Grant B Access award. The amount will vary depending upon the number of qualifying students. Check with your college's financial aid office to see if you qualify for the increased Access award.

 

WEBGRANTS FOR STUDENTS

Applicants and current Cal Grant awardees should check their Cal Grant status on the web using Webgrants.

Go to My Grant Info. Students will need to create an account. All students are encouraged to use the Webgrants for Students website to track their application status online. Students may use Webgrants to:

  • Check if your application data has been received by CSAC
  • Check your award status and view your payment history
  • Check your address on file and update it online
  • See how your Cal Grant might change if you attend a different school
  • Report a Leave of Absence if you were awarded but will not be attending

Additional Cal Grant Information:

CSAC Student Support Services
1.888.224.7268 
studentsupport@csac.ca.gov

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