NEED CASH FOR COLLEGE? YOU COULD GET A CAL GRANT.
Cal Grants are one of
the smartest ways to get cash for college. For starters, it's money
you don't have to pay back. If you're a graduating high school
senior or recent graduate, meet academic, financial and eligibility
requirements and submit two forms by the Cal Grant deadline, you
may receive a Cal Grant!
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
How Much Money Are We Talking About? With a Cal
Grant you can get up to $12,240 a year to pay for your college
expenses at any qualifying California college, university or career
or technical school in California. Depending on which Cal Grant you
get, the money can be used for tuition, room and board, even
books and pencils. The best part is, it's yours to keep and you
don't have to pay it back.
Here's How to Apply. Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal
Student Aid) between October 1 and September 2 and submit a verified Cal Grant
GPA anytime between November and the September 2 deadline. If
you meet the income, eligibility, and GPA requirements, the cash is
yours. The best part is, you can fill out the FAFSA online.
Public high schools and charter schools are mandated in
legislation to automatically submit their current senior year
students' certified GPA's with the Student Aid Commission, unless
the student or parent has opted out. Additonally, some colleges
automatically submit their students' certified GPA's, however, you
must confirm whether your school will file your GPA for you before
the deadline. If your high school or college won't be automatically
submitting your Cal Grant GPA to the California Student Aid
Commission, obtain a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form, get it
certified by a school official, and mail it yourself before the
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT ANY CAL GRANT AWARD IS TENTATIVE
AND SUBJECT TO FINAL APPROVAL OF THE STATE BUDGET ACT.
Click here to go to the
main Cal Grants website.