How to Apply

How to Apply

  • Complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA by March 2 at Fafsa.gov
  • Submit your Cal Grant GPA to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) by March 2. Find necessary forms and instructions here.

If you missed these deadlines, you can still complete the FAFSA for federal eligibility. Missing the priority funding deadline does not mean that students will automatically lose their institutional aid. It means that LMU cannot guarantee the funding of institutional scholarships and grants. It is advised to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible to avoid any potential loss of eligibility.

Please Note:  if your GPA was not submitted to CSAC due to circumstances beyond your control, you may submit a Cal Grant Late GPA appeal by March 22nd for competitive awards and May 17th for entitlement awards. For more information please go to CSAC’s website

 

General Eligibility Requirements:

Before being awarded all potential Cal Grant recipients must meet the following general eligibility requirements in addition to program specific requirements:

  • Be a California Resident or AB 540 eligible
  • Be a U. S. Citizen, eligible non-citizen or AB 540 eligible
  • Males must meet Selective Service requirements
  • Attend a Cal Grant eligible school
  • Not have earned a bachelor’s degree
  • Not be in grant repayment or in default on a student loan
  • Not be incarcerated
  • Enroll at least half-time to receive payment
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress to receive payment

Program Specific Requirements for High School Entitlement Award:

Be a current High School Senior or Graduated the year prior

3.0 GPA Minimum (for Cal Grant A)

2.0 GPA Minimum (for Cal Grant B)

Be under individual income and asset ceiling with respect to household size (for more info click here)

Program Specific Requirements for Transfer Entitlement Award:

Have graduated from a California High School after June 30, 2000 and have;

  1. California residency at the time of high school graduation
  2. If not a high school graduate, was a California resident on 18th birthday

OR

Attended a California Community College (For a 2018-2019 award; student must have attended a Community College the entire prior year of 2017-2018 or have a corresponding Pay status code)

Completion of the Transfer Entitlement Verification form (G6)

Have at least a 2.4 community college GAP (24 unit’s minimum)

Be under the age of 28 at the time of transfer to LMU

Be under individual income and asset ceiling with respect to household size (for more info click here)

 California Dream Act for Undocumented Immigrant/(AB540) Students

  • The California Dream Act allows students who meet the AB540 criteria to apply for state aid as well as be considered for institutional aid. However, completing this application does not guarantee you will receive institutional aid.
  • You can find more information about the California Dream Act and how to apply at the California Student Aid Commission's website here.
  • To be considered for the Cal Grant and institutional aid you must also complete the Affidavit of Immigration Status‌.
  • If you have not applied for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) due to financial or other reasons please fill out the ‌Affidavit Regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Transfer Students

  • Submit your FAFSA by March 2, 2018.
  • Submit your Community College Cal Grant GPA Verification Form to California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) by March 2, 2018.
  • Complete the Transfer Entitlement Certification Form (G-6) for CSAC. (Check here for details)
  • Submit an Official Copy of your High School Transcripts to LMU's Admission's Office.


To qualify for a Cal Grant as a transfer student, you must:

  • Have graduated from a California High School after June 30, 2000
  • Attended a California Community College
  • Have at least a 2.4 community college GPA (of at least 24 semester units)
  • Meet the financial and eligibility requirement
  • Be under the age of 28 at the time of transfer to LMU

After submitting your FAFSA and community college GPA to CSAC, you must also submit a Transfer Entitlement Certification Form (G-6) accessible in Webgrants for Students in order to verify your eligibility to receive a Transfer Entitlement Cal Grant award.

 

College Freshmen (Less than 24 Units Completed at LMU)

If you have not received a Cal Grant, have completed less than 24 units at LMU, and graduated from a California high school within the past year, you may still be considered for an Entitlement Cal Grant award.

 

Current Students (24 or more Units completed at LMU)

Students who have not received a Cal Grant in prior years and have completed 24 or more college units may compete for a Cal Grant Competitive award. To apply for a Competitive Cal Grant you must:

  • Submit your FAFSA by the March 2.

If you have completed 24 or more units, LMU will automatically submit your GPA to CSAC for consideration for a Competitive Cal Grant Award. Once your GPA has been submitted to CSAC, an email notification will be sent to your Lion email address.

You can also verify that your GPA has been submitted by creating an account for Webgrants for Students and logging in.

Please note that LMU automatically submits GPA’s as a service to its students, but it is ultimately the student’s responsibility for ensuring that his or her GPA is submitted to CSAC if they wish to be considered for a Competitive Cal Grant Award.

 

Renewal Cal Grant Awards for Current Students

Students who have been awarded a Cal Grant A or B in the previous aid year will automatically be considered for a Cal Grant in the following aid year if the student meets the following qualifications: 

  • Complete a 2018-2019 FAFSA
  • Have income and assets that do not exceed CSAC's Income and Asset Ceilings for renewal students.