California State Grants

Cal Grants is one of the smartest ways to get money for college. For starters, it is money you don't have to pay back. If you are a California resident, meet academic, financial and eligibility requirements and submit two forms by the Cal Grant deadline, you may receive a Cal Grant!

You must apply by March 2 to maximize your opportunity to receive an award.


The Basics on How to Apply

If you are an incoming Freshmen/Transfer Student you will need to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) between January 1 and March 2 and submit a verified Cal Grant GPA anytime between November and the March 3 deadline. There is a day extension for the GPA verification form since March 2 falls on a Sunday. You must still submit the FAFSA by March 2. 

  • There is a Special Alert from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). They have announced new efforts to reach transfer students in partnership with Colleges and Universities. For more details, please view their announcement.

To submit a verified Cal Grant GPA, first check with your high school/community college to see if they will do it for you. If not, you can go online and download a GPA Verification form from CSAC's Website, fill out the student section and take it to your high school/community college.

If you meet the income, eligibility, GPA requirements, and CSAC confirms your eligibility, the money is yours. The best part is, you can fill out the FAFSA online.

You can receive a Cal Grant for up to four years or eight semesters. Your Cal Grant will be renewed automatically if you continue to meet the requirements (to include annual income and asset ceilings), maintain satisfactory academic progress, and have financial need. You will need to submit the FAFSA each year by the March 2 deadline in order for your Cal Grant to be renewed.

For more detailed information on Cal Grants, please click the following links:


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