What is Cal Grant?
The Cal Grant is a state grant that students may be eligible for in addition to the Federal Pell Grant.
Students must complete their FAFSA and submit the GPA verification form to the California Student Aid Commission. There are 2 deadlines for applying for the Cal Grant; March 2nd and September 2nd. The September 2nd deadline is only for students enrolled at a community college.
We will verify your eligibility and award the Cal Grant when your financial aid file is completed and when the CA Budget is approved/passed.
You must also meet the following requirements:
Obtain an AA degree and transfer to a 4-year college
Transfer to a 4-year without an AA
Obtain AA degree without a transfer
Earn a vocational certificate without transfer
Cal Grant disbursements will be made in one payment only beginning Fall 2016. In addition, the Cal Grant census date is September 5th, 2018 for the Fall 2018 semester. This means that only the courses in which students were enrolled in on or before September 5nd will be funded. Students will not receive the Cal Grant for any courses added after September 5nd. Please note that this is different from the disbursement process for Federal Student Aid (Pell Grant, FSEOG, Direct Loans).
*The Cal Grant census date for the Spring 2019 semester is January 30, 2019.
Where to File
For additional questions visit the California Student Aid Commission’s WebGrants for Students Website at https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov or contact the Student Support Services at (888) 224-7268 or studentsupport (at) csac [dot] ca [dot] gov.
Click here to go to the Cal Grant website (www.calgrants.org)
Applying for Cal Grant Takes Two Forms! California Dream Application Form + Your Non SSN GPA Verification Form = Non-SSN Cal Grant Application. File your California Dream Application and Cal Grant Grade Point Average (GPA) Verification form by the March 2 or the September 2 deadlines for a Cal Grant – that’s money you don’t have to pay back.
For additional questions visit the California Student Aid Commission’s WebGrants for Students Website at https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov or contact the Student Support Services at (888) 224-7268 or studentsupport (at) csac [dot] ca [dot] gov (studentsupport (at) csac [dot] ca [dot] gov).
Click here to go to the Non-SSN Cal Grant website (www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp)