Intro To The Cal Grant

Need cash for college? You may be eligible for a Cal Grant!

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What is a Cal Grant?

A Cal Grant is money for college you don’t have to pay back. To qualify, you must be a California resident for at least one year enrolling in a qualifying California college, and apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by March 2nd. You must also meet the eligibility and financial need requirements, as well as any minimum GPA requirements.

Cal Grants can be used at any University of California (UC), California State University (CSU) or California Community College, as well as qualifying independent and career colleges/technical schools in California. 

When is deadline to apply for a Cal Grant?
You must submit your FAFSA or CADAA and verified GPA to CSAC by March 2nd! 

How Much Money Are We Talking About?
The maximum Cal Grant is $12,630. Depending on which Cal Grant you receive, the money can be used for tuition, room and board, even books and pencils.

The Cal Grant A is worth up to: 

  • $12,630 at University of California (UC) colleges
  • $5,742 at California State University (CSU) colleges
  • $9,084 at independent CA colleges

The Cal Grant B (for community college students who intend to transfer to a 4-year university in CA) is worth:

  •  A living allowance of up to $1,672, in addition to tuition and fee assistance after the first year, at a two- or four-year California college

The Cal Grant C (for students interested in a technical, vocational or career education) is worth:

  • $1,094 for books, tools and equipment 
  • Up to $2,462 more for tuition and fees if you’ll be attending a school other than a California Community College
  • Available for up to 2 years!

If you're not sure you can go to college, or if you feel like you may not be ready, you should still apply for a Cal Grant to determine your eligibility! You are not committing to go to college by applying for a Cal Grant, and you don't have to claim the money you receive from it until you're ready to go to college!

Here's How to Apply

Submit the FAFSA or CADAA between now and March 2nd and confirm your verified Cal Grant GPA has been sent to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) by the March 2nd deadline. Visit WebGrants 4 Students (WGS) to manage your Cal Grant account and your information for other California State grants. If you attend a public school, your GPA is required by state law to be sent to CSAC, but if you attend a private school it is not, so meet with your counselor ASAP to make sure it gets submitted by the March 2nd deadline!

*PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT ANY CAL GRANT AWARD IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO FINAL APPROVAL OF THE STATE BUDGET ACT. For more information head over to CalGrants.org!