Cal Grants

NEED CASH FOR COLLEGE? YOU COULD GET A CAL GRANT.

New WindowCal 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 limited.

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 New Windowwhich 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 New Windowverified 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 deadline.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT ANY CAL GRANT AWARD IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO FINAL APPROVAL OF THE STATE BUDGET ACT.

New WindowClick here to go to the main Cal Grants website.